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Dan Walker: ‘My faith gives me a sense of perspective’

by Kelly Valencia

Former BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker has once again shared the importance his faith plays in his life.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Walker spoke of his love for broadcasting but admitted it is his Christian faith that gives him a sense of worth.

“When it comes to the job, I love it, but I am not defined by my career. My value doesn’t come from what anyone else thinks of me and whether I can make a good show,” he said.

“Instead, I am led by what I call the “Fs”: the important Fs to me are family, friends and faith, and the things that don’t matter are fame, fortune and the froth that sometimes comes with the industry. I’ve never once discussed money while talking about a job. It’s always about the quality of the work and the people.”

The 45-year-old, who now hosts 5 News on Channel 5, also shared how his decision not to work on Sundays has affected his career.

“Because of my faith, I don’t work on Sundays. It’s not something that anyone else has to adhere to – my sister is a nurse and works on Sundays all the time – but I’ve often worked hard the other six days of the week, and I want our family to be together on that day no matter what.

“Also, if I didn’t do that I’d be completely consumed by my job and probably wouldn’t have been married for 21 years. There are jobs I haven’t got because of that choice, but for every door that’s closed in my face, another has opened.”

Last year, Walker made headlines after he decided to opt for a silly costume rather than a spooky one during Strictly Come Dancing’s Halloween special.

He told the BBC Breakfast show he made the decision due to his Christian beliefs.

"So we don't celebrate Halloween in our house and I've got to say a huge thank you to Strictly because they enabled me to be a part of that programme without sort of doing Halloween.

"And our kids, they would normally go to a light party on Halloween weekend or whenever that might be and I couldn't go on that programme and be a disingenuous dad.”

He continued: "Anybody who's got children and they talk to their children about what they can do and what they can't do and why they do things a certain way…

"And I can't say, 'Do as I say but not as I do', so that's where the lobsters came from."

Walkers has released a new book, ‘Standing on the Shoulders’, where he shares the stories of people whose actions shape local communities across the UK. 



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