News Breakfast

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.

News Breakfast
GenreBreakfast News Program
Presented byMichael Rowland
Lisa Millar
Theme music composerColin Kiddy
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Erin Vincent
Production location(s)Melbourne, Victoria
Running time180 minutes (3 hours)
Original networkABC2 (2008–2011)
ABC News (2010–present)
ABC (2011–present)
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original release3 November 2008 
Related showsWeekend Breakfast
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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.[1][2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

In May 2019, ABC announced that Trioli will leave News Breakfast to replace Jon Faine as the Mornings presenter on ABC Radio Melbourne.[5]

In June 2019, it was announced that Lisa Millar would succeed Virginia Trioli, commencing on 19 August[6]. Trioli finished on the show on 16 August.[7]


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

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.[8] 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.


Presenter Role Tenure
Michael Rowland Co-host 2010–present
Lisa Millar Co-host 2019–present
Paul Kennedy Sport 2008–present
Madeleine Morris Finance 2019–present
Nate Byrne Weather 2017–present

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.

Former presenters

Presenter Role Tenure
Barrie Cassidy Co-host 2008
Joe O'Brien Co-host 2008–2010
Vanessa O'Hanlon Weather 2008–2016
Del Irani Finance 2015–2019
Virginia Trioli Co-host 2008–2019


The program features a number of regular segments and guests which appear each morning discussing the latest news and politics.

  • Alice Zaslavsky – Food
  • Barrie Cassidy – Politics
  • Katherine Tulich – Entertainment
  • Zan Rowe – "The Beat"
  • Zak Hepburn – Films


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