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  • BBC Breakfast is a national British morning television news programme

  • simulcast on BBC One and the BBC News channel. It is presented live from

  • MediaCityUK and contains a mixture of news, sport, weather, business and

  • feature items. The programme is broadcast seven days a week, every week

  • of the year, including weekends and public holidays.

  • Adam Bullimore is the editor. He had been the deputy editor for five years.

  • Alison Ford, previously the UK Editor for BBC Newsgathering, was the editor of

  • the programme until her death in July 2013. Her appointment followed the

  • departure of David Kermode to 5 News. History

  • Breakfast Time was the first BBC breakfast programme, with Ron Neil as

  • producer. It was conceived in response to the plans of the commercial

  • television company TV-am to introduce a breakfast television show. Breakfast

  • Time's first broadcast was on 17 January 1983, featuring multiple presenters:

  • Frank Bough, Selina Scott, Nick Ross and Russell Grant. The atmosphere of the set

  • was intended to encourage a relaxed informality; a set that mimicked a

  • living-room rather than a studio, with red leather sofas, and Bough and Ross

  • wearing jumpers and open-necked shirts. This allowed for an unconventional mix

  • of authoritative and highbrow news and informative and entertainment features

  • that made the show dominate the new genre and trounce the anticipated threat

  • by the star-name commercial TV rival. So, a senior government minister might

  • be subjected to intense questioning while sitting on the red sofa, to be

  • then included in the presentation of a food cooking demonstration. Breakfast

  • Time lasted 150 minutes, initially being transmitted between 6.30 am and 9

  • ammoving to a 6.50 am to 9.20 am slot on 18 February 1985.

  • A bomb detonated at 2:54 a.m. on 12 October in the Grand Hotel, Brighton,

  • with the purpose to kill Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet, who

  • were staying at the hotel for the Conservative Party conference. Nick Ross

  • presented Breakfast Time on his own, as live coverage came in from Brighton.

  • Ron Neil departed from the programme and on 10 November 1986 a more conventional

  • news focus was introduced featuring a news desk, presenters in smart dress and

  • a time-reduced programme broadcast that began at 7 am and ended any time between

  • 8.30 am and 8.55 am. Presenters included Kirsty Wark, John Stapleton, Jeremy

  • Paxman and Sally Magnusson. On 2 October 1989, the programme was

  • renamed Breakfast News, followed a more authoritative tone with a set modelled

  • on the conventional desk style found with main news bulletins, and started at

  • 6.30 am. A considerable portion of the first half hour was devoted to business

  • news. In January 1993, the business news coverage extended to an hour-long

  • programme in its own right, beginning at 6:00 am. Breakfast News started at 7:00

  • am. Next came the merging of the separate

  • programmes of BBC One and BBC News 24 into one single simulcast starting from

  • 2 October 2000. Since April 2006, the BBC News channel

  • has screened rolling news coverage from 8.30 am while Breakfast continues on BBC

  • One until 9.15 am. In April 2008, BBC News 24 was renamed "BBC News", as part

  • of a £550,000 rebranding of the BBC's news output, complete with a new studio

  • and presentation. On 2 May 2006, Breakfast moved into

  • studio N6 at Television Centre with other BBC One news programmes that

  • required a larger set design that included walls of Barco video screens.

  • The original screen scenes of cirrus clouds on a blue sky were changed as a

  • result of viewer comments that 'it looked too cold' – their replacement was

  • with orange squares of the same design as those appearing in the programme's

  • new title sequence, which were designed to hide any joins or faults between the

  • screens which had previously been obvious. The screens eventually

  • displayed visuals needed for story content: different backgrounds, graphics

  • and still photographs. More importantly, the set had a generic visual style that

  • could be used for other programmes, such as the national news bulletins, without

  • much additional physical change. The programme celebrated its 20th

  • anniversary on 17 January 2003. On 28 January 2008, Breakfast returned

  • to the TC7 studios, where Breakfast Time had been based following its move from

  • the BBC Lime Grove Studios. On 2 March 2009, Breakfast relaunched with a new

  • set and studio background. The backdrop resembles that of the BBC News channel

  • as do the new Breakfast titles. In July 2010, the BBC announced that

  • Breakfast was moving to their new studios in Salford Quays. The BBC

  • announced that with the April 2012 move to Salford, co-presenter Sian Williams

  • and sports presenter Chris Hollins preferred not be included in the move to

  • the North of England. Williams left Breakfast on 15 March 2012, but she

  • continues doing other assignments with the BBC.

  • On 12 December 2011, the first of several presenter changes was announced.

  • Louise Minchin would, with the studio move to Salford, join the other main

  • presenters of BBC Breakfast: Bill Turnbull, Susanna Reid and Charlie

  • Stayt. Carol Kirkwood, on 26 March 2012, would remain in London presenting

  • weather. Sports presenters Mike Bushell and Sally Nugent and business presenter

  • Steph McGovern would locate to Salford. The first Breakfast edition from Salford

  • occurred on Tuesday 10 April 2012. London-based newspapers have reported

  • extensive criticism of the BBC move, but a decrease in audience has not occurred

  • with the retention of an approximate average of 1.5 million viewers.

  • The 2012 Summer Olympics prompted Olympic Breakfast on the morning of the

  • opening ceremony to temporarily broadcast from an interim studio near

  • the Olympic Park in Stratford. During the games, former presenters Sian

  • Williams and Chris Hollins also returned to lead the morning programme, in

  • addition to Bill Turnbull and BBC Sport presenter Hazel Irvine. The show ended

  • its temporary London return with broadcasting from the BBC News Channel's

  • studio on the morning following the closing ceremonies before rebroadcasting

  • from Salford the next day. On 19 March 2013, BBC Breakfast updated

  • its "lower thirds" to match the graphics and fonts used by the rest of BBC News

  • since the previous day. The clock was consequently moved to the lower right

  • side of the screen. On 23 July 2014, the show went on

  • location again, this time to Glasgow to showcase highlights from the 2014

  • Commonwealth Games. In the hours leading up to the opening ceremony, Carol

  • Kirkwood reported from Celtic Park. Format

  • Between 6am and 8.30am of weekdays, the programme is simulcast on the BBC News.

  • During the simulcast, the sports news is at 6.10am, 6.35am, 7.35am and 8.35am. In

  • addition, live sports bulletins are broadcast from sporting locations, such

  • as Royal Ascot and Wimbledon, with the presenter interviewing key sporting

  • figures. Business updates are presented at 6.10am, when the main business

  • stories from the newspapers are also discussed, and at 6.50am, 7.20am and

  • 7.50am, either from the studio, or out on location. The United Kingdom weather

  • forecasting broadcast is at 15 minutes and 45 minutes past the hour throughout

  • the programme, either from the BBC Weather Centre in Broadcasting House, or

  • out on location. Short regional news, travel and weather programmes are just

  • before the hour and the half hour throughout the programme. Once the BBC

  • News Channel breaks away for its own programming at 8.30, a brief check of

  • the headlines, and sports are done then the show gradually shifts to reporting

  • lifestyle- and entertainment-oriented stories. The show occasionally ends with

  • a musical performance from one of the guests.

  • The show is abbreviated during bank holidays to just three hours but still

  • features regional news updates, and is completely simulcast on the BBC News

  • Channel. During weekends, there are no updates

  • from regional news bureaus. The first and/or second hour of the weekend

  • edition may occasionally feature abbreviated versions of the BBC's other

  • programmes such as Click, Reporters and the Film Review. The show is also

  • simulcast on BBC One and the BBC News Channel but BBC one occasionally breaks

  • away at 7.30 on Sundays to bring Match of the Day. The third and fourth hour

  • are completely live and occasionally, the last segment on Saturdays may

  • feature cooking. Interactive

  • Breakfast encourages viewer response and interaction via e-mail, Facebook and

  • Twitter. Video reports and interviews from the programme are made available on

  • the Breakfast Facebook page after transmission.

  • Notable presenters = Main =

  • = Sport = = Business =

  • = Weather = = Former presenters =

  • Main Sport

  • Rob Bonnetsports presenter, 2000–2005 Chris Hollinssports presenter,

  • 2005–2012; Occasional relief as main presenter

  • Sue Thearlesports presenter, 2000–2008

  • Business Declan Currybusiness presenter,

  • 2000–2008 Max FosterBusiness presenter and

  • newsreader, 2001–2005 Aaron HeslehurstBusiness presenter,

  • 2008–2010 Simon JackBusiness presenter,

  • 2008–2011 Maryam MoshiriBusiness relief

  • presenter, 2008–2010 Susannah StreeterBusiness relief

  • presenter, 2006–2013 Weather

  • Isobel Langweather presenter, 2000–2006

  • Louise Learweather presenter, 1998–2007

  • Helen Willettsweather presenter, 2000–2008

  • Newsreader Kate GerbeauRegular newsreader,

  • 2000–2004 Gillian JosephRegular newsreader,

  • 2004–2005 Louisa PrestonRelief newsreader,

  • 2004–2006 Moira StuartRegular newsreader,

  • 2000–2006 Suzanne VirdeeRelief newsreader,

  • 2004–2006 Out of studio broadcasts

  • Presenters make on location broadcasts based on the significance of the story:

  • 11 September 2001. Jeremy Bowen presented live near Ground Zero in New

  • York City following the days of the aftermath of the tragic events.

  • November 2004. Dermot Murnaghan presented from Washington DC for the

  • 2004 US Election. 7 July 2005. Bill Turnbull presented

  • live from King's Cross in the aftermath of the 7 July 2005 London bombings.

  • 2005. Sian Williams reported live from the scene of the Indian earthquake.

  • June 2006. Dermot Murnaghan presented from the election campaign from Bristol.

  • November 2008. Bill Turnbull reported live from Washington DC for the US

  • Presidential Elections. On 3 June 2010, Turnbull presented live

  • from the town of Whitehaven, following the Cumbria shootings the previous day.

  • September 2009, Kate Silverton presented from Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan.

  • September 2009. Bill Turnbull presented live from Brighton for the Liberal

  • Democrats Conference. September 2009. Sian Williams presented

  • from the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences.

  • March 2010. Susanna Reid presented from the Academy Awards Ceremony.

  • 6 April 2010. Sian Williams presented from Westminster in the run up to the

  • announcement of the 2010 General Election.

  • April/May 2010. Bill Turnbull presented and reported from various locations on

  • party campaign trail throughout the country.

  • 30 April 2010, Charlie Stayt presented the programme from the University of

  • Birmingham following the final leaders debate of the election campaign.

  • 12 May 2010. Sian Williams presented the programme from College Green,

  • Westminster the day after David Cameron became Prime Minister.

  • 12 May 2010. Bill Turnbull presented from outside 10 Downing Street.

  • 27 July 2010. Bill Turnbull presented on the progress of the Olympic Park in

  • Stratford, East London starting two years before the Opening Ceremony of the

  • 2012 Summer Olympics. Chris Hollins presented the sports news from the same

  • location. September 2010. Bill Turnbull presented

  • from their party conference in Liverpool and the Labour Conference in Manchester.

  • October 2010. Sian Williams presented from the Tory Conference in Birmingham.

  • October 2010. Sian Williams presented from College Green, Westminster in

  • anticipation of the unveiling of Chancellor George Osborne spending

  • review. October 2010. Sian Williams presented

  • the unveiling of Chancellor George Osborne spending review.

  • On 29 Apr 2011, a special split edition of the programme with Sian presenting

  • from Westminster Abbey and Bill live from Buckingham Palace for the build-up

  • of the Royal Wedding. 26 July 2012. Charlie Stayt and Louise

  • Minchin presented the show live from the BBC News Studio in Olympic Park in

  • London for the Olympic Games. Weather and sports news were also originated

  • from the same location. 17 Apr 2013. Charlie Stayt presented the

  • show from St Paul's Cathedral, London for a special split edition in the

  • build-up of the funeral of Baroness Lady Thatcher.

  • 27 & 28 June 2014. Bill Turnbull presented from Camp Bastion to celebrate

  • Armed Forces Day. 4 August 2014. Charlie Stayt presented

  • from Glasgow Cathedral in the lead up to ceremonies marking 100 years since World

  • War 1 broke out. 13 March 2015. Bill Turnbull presented

  • from St Paul's Cathedral, London in the lead up to a special service of

  • remembrance to mark the end of operations in Afghanistan.

  • Video podcast In September 2006, Breakfast launched

  • its own video podcast called the Breakfast Takeaway. BBC News had already

  • launched three other services: Newsnight, the Ten O'Clock News and

  • STORYFix. The Breakfast Takeaway was available Monday to Friday in MP4 format

  • where it could be downloaded to and viewed from a home or office computer.

  • The video podcasts were a one-year trial, and from July 2007 they were

  • discontinued. The BBC then reviewed the trial but the podcast has not been

  • continued. Specials

  • In 2003, the Breakfast production team was commissioned by BBC One to make a

  • week long series called The Day Team From Chatsworth presented by Nicki

  • Chapman, and presenter of the BBC's Countryfile programme, John Craven. It

  • took a behind the scenes look at the stately home Chatsworth House and was

  • broadcast separately on BBC One at 1030 in the morning.

  • A number of other guests, or celebrity presenters have been used on Breakfast

  • to present themed days or weeks, even though some have never been mainstream

  • news reporters or presenters. Many of these have seen the programme extended

  • to 0930: Alistair Appleton - Tate Modern 2004,

  • Bath, Somerset 2003 Chris Beardshaw - Chelsea Flower Show

  • 2006 Jennie Bond - Buckingham Palace 2004

  • Nicki Chapman - Children in Need November 2005, London Fashion Week 2004,

  • Chelsea Flower Show 2006 Philippa Forrester - Alder Hey

  • Children's Hospital 2002 Andi Peters - Neighbours set 2005,

  • EastEnders/Albert Square outside broadcast 2006

  • Gaby Roslin - Wimbledon Tennis Championships outside broadcast 2002

  • Tim Wonnacott - Christie's Auction Room 2004

  • Awards In March 2006, Breakfast won the TRIC

  • award for best daytime television programme for the third year in a row

  • The show was nominated for a National Television Award in the Topical Magazine

  • Programme category in 2011 but lost out to ITV's This Morning

  • See also Breakfast television

  • Today References

  • External links BBC Breakfast at BBC Programmes

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