Is Sally Nugent married and what is her salary? All you need to know about the BBC Breakfast host

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Since taking over as a full-time presenter in autumn 2021, viewers of BBC Breakfast have been wondering if Sally Nugent is married and what she gets up to outside the studio. 

It was welcome news for fans of the BBC's flagship morning show when Sally Nugent was announced as Louise Minchin's replacement on BBC Breakfast last October. The smiley and stylish presenter was no stranger to viewers, having reported the daily sports news to viewers for the last 10 years. And so seemed the perfect fit to join her fellow Breakfast team on the red sofa.

In early 2022 viewers were left wondering where is Sally Nugent? (opens in new tab) after she was unexpectedly missing from screens. However, her absence was thankfully short as she returned to co-host just days later. Most recently she spilled Carol Kirkwood's engagement (opens in new tab) news live on air and said a sad goodbye to colleague Dan Walker who quit the show (opens in new tab) after six years. He is expected to start work at Channel 5 news (opens in new tab) shortly - though we're still waiting for news of his replacement.

Is Sally Nugent married?

Yes, BBC Breakfast presenter Sally Nugent is married with one child. The 50-year-old likes to keep her personal life private, so her husband's name is not known - but she married her long-term boyfriend and the couple have a son together.

Her son's age and name have not been revealed, however Sally is understood to have given birth back in 2008 and returned to work following her maternity leave on 8th January 2009.

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And in 2016 Sally unexpectedly stood in as the birthing partner for a colleague Victoria Fritz when she gave birth at Manchester's St Mary's as her husband was stuck in traffic on the motorway.

The family also has a pet dog - a Cavalier King Charles and a Toy Poodle mix called Sadie.

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Sally is a very private person, but you can see a glimpse of her on her wedding day on her Instagram as on the staircase there is a photo of what appears to be Sally and her husband as bride and groom in the top right hand side of the photo below.

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The star likes cycling and walking her dog. She has been known to practice yoga and try out different health juices.

Where is Sally Nugent from?

Sally was born in Birkenhead on the Wirral Peninsula and went to Upton Hall School FCJ. She went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and French from the University of Huddersfield. She landed her first BBC media job at BBC Radio Merseyside, before joining BBC North West Tonight to cover the sports news.

Her big break came in 2003 when she became a sports reporter for BBC News and appeared on national bulletins for the first time and went on to BBC News 24 to cover the 2006 World Cup in Germany and anchored Sportsday.

Following this, Sally became a news correspondent on TV and radio and a relief presenter on the BBC News Channel covering for presenters on holiday or unplanned absences.

When did Sally Nugent become a full-time BBC Breakfast host?

In October 2021, Sally was confirmed as a new full-time BBC Breakfast presenter, replacing Louise Minchin on the show. She joined the team which includes Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty (opens in new tab). Sally is known to co-host the show with Dan Walker (opens in new tab), but since he left the show has been doing the job alongside Jon Kay (opens in new tab).

Sally seemed to be the natural fit to take over following the departure of Louise Minchin (opens in new tab), having already earned fans as the show's sports presenter for the past decade.

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She first started freelancing on BBC Breakfast in 2011 and has worked her way through the ranks since. As sports presenter, she picked up a the Scoop of the Year award at the 2021 Royal Television Society Journalism Awards. This was for her chat with Marcus Rashford on his efforts to end child poverty.

What is Sally Nugent's salary?

The Sun (opens in new tab) have estimated Sally Nugent' salary to be around £250,000 a year. This is most likely an estimate based on her fellow female colleague Naga Munchetty earning's which for the 2020/2021 financial year, the BBC shared was £255,000.

It's thought that Sally's BBC income has increased since becoming a regular host in October 2021.

The mum-of-one has never publicly confirmed her net worth or salary. However in 2020, the Breakfast star responded to a Twitter user who suggested her shoes on the show were by luxury designer Christian Louboutin and so must be earning more than the Chancellor:

"My shoes are from marks and Spencer and I guarantee the Chancellor earns more than me #Just Saying," she replied. Britain's current Chanceller of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak earns £79,000 as his base salary, plus another £71,000 for his role as Chancellor.

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