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Breakfast News

Breakfast News
BBC Breakfast News final Logo, from June 1997 to September 2000
Created by BBC News
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Original channel BBC One
Original release 18 September 1989 – 15 September 2000[1]
Preceded by Breakfast Time (1983-1989)
Followed by BBC Breakfast (2000-)
Related shows Business Breakfast

Breakfast News is a breakfast news show which first aired on BBC1 on 18 September 1989.[2] The programme was previously known as Breakfast Time. It was planned to launch on 4 September 1989[3] but was held back due to technical issues with its new studio. [4]

The programme went through three main visual changes. The initial look lasted from launch in September 1989 until 8 April 1993. The 13 April 1993 revamp saw the programme presented from the same set as the One, Six and Nine O'Clock News bulletins. A further and final revamp took place in June 1997 when 'BBC' was shorn from its title, and on-screen it became known as simply Breakfast News. It was during this final period that the tone began to shift, with the return of a sofa set, alongside more features, and more interaction between the presenting team.

The final edition of Breakfast News aired on 15 September 2000,[1] and on 2 October 2000 it relaunched as BBC Breakfast.

BBC Breakfast News only aired from Mondays to Fridays with no weekend editions compared to their ITV counterparts TV-AM and later GMTV who were on the air seven days a week. However in September 1991 the BBC launched a short 5 minute weekend breakfast news summary. The Saturday edition aired at 7:25am to commence their Saturday schedule. The bulletin was not presented from the Breakfast News set, but from the main BBC News set based in the newsroom. On Sundays the short morning bulletin would air at 9:10am and this would later be incorporated into the Breakfast with Frost programme which launched in January 1993.[5][6]


  • Business Breakfast 1
  • Breakfast News Extra 2
  • Notable presenters 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Business Breakfast

Business Breakfast was a daily Business news programme which aired between 6:00am and 7:00am, directly preceding Breakfast News. Initially the programme aired as part of Breakfast News broadcasting between 6.34am and 6.55am but at the start of 1993 it became a programme in its own right, running from 6:00am until 7:00am.

Breakfast News Extra

Breakfast News Extra launched in early 1996, as an attempt to compete against Lorraine Kelly on GMTV. The programme was presented from the Breakfast News office, on a blue sofa, and hosted by Juliet Morris. It was short-lived, and was axed in the summer of 1997. By this stage the main BBC Breakfast News had undergone a dramatic visual revamp with a new studio set which included sofas alongside the main presentation desk.

Notable presenters

See also


  1. ^ a b The Evolution of Breakfast BBC News, January 2008
  2. ^ "BBC - BBC Breakfast celebrates 30 years of waking up the nation - Media centre". 
  3. ^ "BBC NEWS - Programmes - Breakfast - Presenters - The Evolution of Breakfast". 
  4. ^ BBC Breakfast Time 1989 Kirsty tells us the new look BBC Breakfast News has had to be postponed.
  5. ^ "TVARK - BBC News - Breakfast News". 
  6. ^ Chris Gaskin. "Breakfast with Frost (TV Series 1993–2005)". IMDb. 

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