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The Channel Four Daily (or Channel 4 Daily) is a breakfast television news magazine, which was produced by Independent Television News, in collaboration with other independent production companies for Channel 4. The programme was the first breakfast programme for Channel 4, broadcasting between 6am (6.30am from April 1990) and 9.25am each weekday morning. The first edition of the programme was broadcast on 3 April 1989, with the last edition being broadcast on 25 September 1992.

The Channel Four Daily
The Channel Four Daily.jpg
StarringSee list of presenters
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Independent Television News and Various
Running time3hr 25 mins (1989–90)
2hr 55 mins from (1990–92)
Original networkChannel 4
Picture format4:3
Original release3 April 1989 (1989-04-03) –
25 September 1992 (1992-09-25)
Followed byThe Big Breakfast

The Channel Four Daily failed to gain enough viewers and was replaced with the relatively more popular programme, The Big Breakfast from Monday, 28 September 1992.[1]


Conceived as a television newspaper, output was based heavily on news and current affairs with the flagship bulletin World News co-presented from three continents. Also, a number of bite-sized feature segments (some live, others pre-recorded) lasting between 5 and 10 minutes were slotted around the news output and were shown several times each day. These included a business programme (Business Daily, which had been on air as a lunchtime programme since September 1987), sporting discussion (Kickback), consumer reports (Streetwise), arts and entertainment (Box Office), Countdown Masters – an abbreviated version of Countdown – and a cartoon slot called Comic Book.[2]

Changes were made in April 1990. These included the cancellation of Streetwise and an International Sports Report replaced Kickback. The programme's length was reduced with the start time being 6.30am rather than 6am – The Art of Landscape and an edition of Business Daily filled the vacated 30 minute slot.


London Presenters

Washington Presenter

Tokyo Presenters

Other Presenters


  1. ^ "THE MEDIA BUSINESS; Britain's Zany Way to Start the Day". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
  2. ^ Channel 4 Daily trailer
  • Ian Jones, Morning Glory: A history of British breakfast television. Kelly, 2004. ISBN 1-903053-20-X