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News Breakfast

News Breakfast is an Australian news breakfast television program which broadcasts on ABC from 6am to 9am on weekdays. The program airs live in all Australian timezones at 6am AEST/AEDT on the ABC News channel. It is also streamed live on the ABC's website and the Australia Network throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

News Breakfast
Genre Breakfast News Program
Presented by Virginia Trioli
Michael Rowland
Theme music composer Colin Kiddy
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
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)
ABC (2011–present)
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release 3 November 2008 – present
Related shows Weekend 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 Virginia Trioli and Michael Rowland and is broadcast on ABC TV and ABC News. They are joined by sport presenter Paul Kennedy, finance presenter Del Irani and weather presenter Nate Byrne. Erin Vincent is the program's executive producer.


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 6am AEST/AEDT.

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]

Weekend BreakfastEdit

Weekend Breakfast is a mix of live breaking news and discussion, interviews with newsmakers and the weekend sport and weather hosted by Andrew Geoghegan and Johanna Nicholson. The show began on 4 February 2012 and airs from 8am to 11:30am on weekend mornings on the ABC News channel.

The Breakfast CouchEdit

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
Virginia Trioli Co-host 2008–present
Michael Rowland Co-host 2010–present
Paul Kennedy Sport 2008–present
Del Irani Finance 2015–present
Nate Byrne Weather 2017–present


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

Former presentersEdit

Presenter Role Tenure
Barrie Cassidy Co-host 2008
Joe O'Brien Co-host 2008–2010
Vanessa O'Hanlon Weather 2008–2016


  1. ^ Knox, David (3 October 2008). "Meet the new team for Breakfast". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 August 2018. 
  2. ^ Rowland, Michael (4 November 2013). "Inside the absurd world of breakfast TV". ABC News. Retrieved 26 August 2018. 
  3. ^ Knox, David (2 December 2011). "Ali Moore quits Lateline, host changes at 7:30 and News Breakfast". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 August 2018. 
  4. ^ Knox, David (8 April 2017). "New-look ABC News ditches News 24". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 August 2018. 

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