News Breakfast is an Australian news breakfast television program. It is broadcast on ABC and ABC News channel from 6:00 am to 9:00 am AEST/AEDT on weekdays and is hosted by Michael Rowland and Lisa Millar. The program is also streamed live on the ABC's website and the Australia Network throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
|Genre||Breakfast News Program|
|Presented by||Michael Rowland|
|Theme music composer||Colin Kiddy|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|Executive producer(s)||Erin Vincent|
|Production location(s)||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Running time||180 minutes (3 hours)|
|Original network||ABC2 (2008–2011)|
ABC News (2010–present)
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||3 November 2008 –|
|Related shows||Weekend Breakfast|
The program commenced broadcasting on 3 November 2008 as ABC News Breakfast on ABC2, with hosts Virginia Trioli, Barrie Cassidy (Monday-Thursday) and Joe O'Brien (Friday), sport presenter Paul Kennedy and weather presenter Vanessa O'Hanlon.
News Breakfast is currently hosted by Michael Rowland and Lisa Millar and is broadcast on ABC TV and ABC News. They are joined by sport presenter Paul Kennedy, finance presenter Madeleine Morris and weather presenter Nate Byrne. Erin Vincent is the program's executive producer.
In January 2009, O'Brien replaced Cassidy as a full-time co-host with Cassidy continuing to appear on the program providing political commentary.
In May 2010, Michael Rowland replaced O'Brien, who moved back to Sydney to present ABC News Mornings on ABC News 24.
In May 2011, the program moved to ABC, with children's programming moving to ABC2 and ABC3.
In November 2011, it was announced that the ABC News Breakfast brand would expand to the weekend with Weekend Breakfast hosted by Andrew Geoghegan and Miriam Corowa.
In January 2014, ABC News Breakfast had an extensive makeover, launching a larger new and improved set with three different individual presenting areas. The set includes a news desk, a newswall presenting area and a soft set with seating. The new set kept the existing couch that has been seen on air since the show's launch.
In April 2017, following the refresh of the ABC News brand, the show rebranded to News Breakfast.
News Breakfast covers the latest news, analysis, debate, finance, sport and weather. It draws upon the resources of ABC newsrooms and radio programs across Australia and the world.
The program is broadcast live on ABC in the states of New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Tasmania all-year round. It is broadcast on a 30-minute delay in South Australia (all-year) and the Northern Territory (wintertime). On wintertime, Queensland broadcasts the program live, while Western Australia airs the program on a two-hour delay.
During summer, when only some Australian states adopt daylight saving time, Queensland receives the program on a one-hour delay, a 90-minute delay in the Northern Territory and on a three-hour delay in Western Australia. Either way, the ABC News channel broadcasts the program live across Australia from 6:00 am AEST/AEDT.
Weekend Breakfast is a mix of live breaking news and discussion, interviews with newsmakers and the weekend sport and weather hosted by Josh Szeps and Johanna Nicholson. The show began on 4 February 2012 and airs from 7:00 am to 11:00 am on weekend mornings on the ABC News channel. It is simulcast on the ABC on Sunday mornings from 7:00 am to 9:00 am.
The Breakfast Couch
The Breakfast Couch is a highlights show which covers the best arts and entertainment chats from the previous week on News Breakfast. The show began on 12 August 2017.
The primary relief presenters for Rowland and Millar are Paul Kennedy and Madeleine Morris. Other fill-in presenters who have recently presented the program include Mary Gearin, Hamish MacDonald, Georgie Tunny and Ali Moore. Relief presenters in the past have included Jeremy Fernandez, Kumi Taguchi, Del Irani, Emma Alberici, Zoe Daniel, John Barron, Greg Jennett, Sara James, Beverley O'Connor, Frances Bell, Karina Carvalho, Melissa Clarke and Tamara Oudyn.
Georgie Tunny is the primary fill-in sport presenter. Georgie Tunny, James Hancock and Lara Hyams each are relief weather presenters.
The program features a number of regular segments and guests which appear each morning discussing the latest news and politics.
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