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Inside BBC Breakfast star Jon Kay's family life with wife and children

The presenter's wife used to be on the small screen


Jon Kay on BBC Breakfast © James Stack
Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
Updated: March 25, 2024
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Jon Kay is a regular face on our television screens thanks to his role on BBC Breakfast, which he hosts from Monday to Wednesday each week alongside co-star Sally Nugent

The 54-year-old replaced Dan Walker following his exit from the programme last year, landing a permanent position on the iconic red sofa in July 2022. 

Jon has worked at the BBC for 30 years and has been with the Breakfast team since 2010 - but how much do you know about his personal life? And did you know his wife has also been on the small screen? Find out all about his family here…

Jon Kay on BBC Breakfast sofa© BBC/James Stack
Jon Kay became a permanent BBC Breakfast host in 2022

Who is Jon Kay's wife?

Jon Kay is married to former BBC News reporter and presenter Francesca Kasteliz. The pair met while working at BBC Bristol back in 1998 - where Susanna Reid also began her career!

Like her husband, Francesca started out as a trainee news reporter before moving to local radio and TV. She worked her way up to TV & Radio News Correspondent at BBC National Network News in 1999, before landing a position as an Assistant News Editor at BBC News.

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Jon hosts BBC Breakfast with Sally Nugent

Francesca was recognised for her journalism work and even won an RTS award for Best News Item while at BBC News. In 2006, she decided to change careers and became a Senior Coach & Trainer at the BBC Academy before working as an internal coach for the channel.

Francesca even posted a throwback photo of her time presenting on the BBC back in 1999. Sharing the snap to Twitter in 2018, she wrote in the caption: "My son found this old footage on the internet and howled with laughter. Mainly at my hairstyle, I think. Well, it was 1999 #tbt #TVpresenting #BBCNews."

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The former journalist now works as a TV presenter coach and has worked for herself at TV Coach Limited for 14 years. She provides performance coaching for on-air talent, helping clients working at broadcasters such as the BBC, CBBC and Channel 4. 

"My particular passion is helping women and young people find their voice on-air and in the TV industry," Francesca writes on her website

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Francesca is a TV presenter coach

Together, Jon and Francesca share three children together. The family are thought to live in Bristol with their adorable 14-year-old Cocker Spaniel.

While the BBC star remains fairly private about his personal life, he has occasionally shared some insight with his Twitter followers.

Posting back in January 2021, he shared a glimpse into his working-from-home set-up. "Filing a radio report while contending with kids shouting, wife on the phone, washing machine whirring, doorbell ringing, postman delivering, dog barking, builders banging, school playground next door," he wrote.

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