Charlie Stayt

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Charlie Stayt
Born (1962-06-19) 19 June 1962 (age 52)
Gloucester, UK
Nationality United Kingdom British
Occupation Journalist,
Television presenter
Notable credit(s) BBC Breakfast

Charlie Stayt (born 19 June 1962) is a British journalist and presenter working freelance with the BBC as a presenter for BBC Breakfast.[1]

Early life[edit]

Stayt was born in 1962 at Gloucester, in the West of England. A "late starter as a journalist", he states that his years spent working as a roofer, a roadie and a barman were not entirely wasted.


Stayt was educated at Wycliffe College,[2] a co-educational part-boarding independent school in the town of Stonehouse (near the market town of Stroud) in Gloucestershire, before going to Birmingham Polytechnic in West Midlands.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Stayt started his career on a commercial radio station in his home town of Gloucester. Before moving into television, he worked on radio in London, hosting Capital Radio's award-winning news programme, The Way It Is and also reporting for LBC and BBC Radio 5 Live.

Stayt began his TV career working for ITN in 1995, then joined Five News as a reporter before presenting the network's prime-time bulletins and half-hour live debate programmes. He anchored Five News' coverage of the events of 11 September 2001 and spent a total of ten years at ITN, both as a correspondent and a presenter.

Stayt has also been a presenter for Sky News. He has presented numerous current affairs programmes and also hosted live "reality TV" shows Jailbreak, and Are You Telepathic.

Stayt joined BBC Breakfast in 2006, initially as a relief presenter, but in December 2007, he was confirmed as its Friday-Sunday presenter. Since January 2008, he has been the weekend presenter for BBC Breakfast, the early morning news programme broadcast on BBC One and BBC News. He also continues to occasionally present relief shifts on BBC News. He moved with the programme to Salford and is presenting the programme Thursday-Saturday with Louise Minchin.

Stayt married Anne Frances Breckell in 1995, by whom he has two children: Phoebe & Jake.

On the 12 April 2014 edition of BBC Breakfast, Stayt made a colossal gaffe when he stated that Prince William had "left the IRA", later correcting his error with "RAF".[3]


External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Bill Turnbull
Weekend Presenter of BBC Breakfast
2008 – present
Succeeded by