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Format News, Business, Sport, Weather
Presented by Bill Turnbull
Sian Williams
Charlie Stayt
Susanna Reid
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Running time 195 Minutes
Original channel BBC One
Original run 2 October 2000 – Present
Preceded by Breakfast News
Related shows BBC News at One,
BBC News at Five
BBC News at Six,
BBC News at Ten

BBC Breakfast is the morning television news programme simulcast on BBC One and the BBC News channel. It is presented live from BBC Television Centre in White City, West London, 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, which are presented from the BBC News channel set. [1]

Alison Ford, previously the UK Editor for BBC Newsgathering, is the current Editor of the programme,[2] following the departure of David Kermode to Five News.



The programme was originally called Breakfast Time and was conceived as the BBC's answer to TV-am's plans for breakfast television. Breakfast Time was first broadcast on 17 January 1983, with Frank Bough, Selina Scott, Nick Ross and Russell Grant. The relaxed feel to the programme included a set designed to be a front room, with red leather sofas, and Bough and Ross wore jumpers and open-necked shirts which added to the air of informality. The first producer, Ron Neil, created a mix of serious news and accessible features, and the BBC show was a huge hit.

After Ron Neil's departure the programme began to revert to a more traditional and formal approach. Presenters included Kirsty Wark, John Stapleton, Jeremy Paxman and Sally Magnusson.

Following a relaunch, the programme was renamed Breakfast News in 4 September 1989 and followed a much more authoritative tone with a desk modelled on the style used on main news bulletins.


BBC Breakfast Era

A further relaunch came on 2 October 2000 with the establishment of Breakfast, merging the operations of the separate BBC One and BBC News 24 (now the BBC News Channel) programmes for one single simulcast. Since April 2006 the BBC News Channel has begun rolling news coverage at 08:30 while the programme continues on BBC One until 09:15.

The current presentation of the programme was introduced with a wider relaunch of BBC One news bulletins on 2 May 2006. Breakfast moved into studio N6 at Television Centre with the other BBC One bulletins requiring a new, larger set design. The new set walls are made up of Barco video screens allowing for different backgrounds, graphics and still photographs. Initially the background used were of cirrus clouds on a blue sky but following comments from viewers that this was too cold, the background was replaced by orange squares from the new titles. This was also designed to hide any joins or faults between the screens which had been made obvious beforehand.The set has a generic format which can be used for other programmes like the national news bulletins with very little set movement.

On 28 January 2008, Breakfast returned to the TC7 studios, where Breakfast Time had first been based. It has remained in the studio, ever since. On 2 March 2009, Breakfast relaunched with a new set and new background to the studio. The backdrop resembles the BBC News channel backdrop as do the new Breakfast titles.

The programme celebrated its 25th anniversary on 17 January 2008.[3]


From 08:30 the tone of the programme shifts to a lighter tone. There is a sports bulletin followed by between three and five items that are mainly arts, entertainment or cultural in nature and in 2006, have included interviews with Halle Berry[4], Sir Michael Caine[5] and Reese Witherspoon [6]. This provides a link to the daytime schedule, via the daytime controller and also the BBC One Controller.


On Saturdays and Sundays the programme broadcasts from the BBC News channel studio. It is simulcast on the BBC News channel and BBC One on both days, lasting until 1000 on Saturdays, and until 0900 on Sundays, although on Sundays in the football season the programme ends on BBC One at 07:35 to make way for the repeat of the Match of the Day highlights programme from the evening before, while Breakfast continues until 09:00 on the BBC News channel.

On Sundays, the female presenter leaves the programme 15 minutes before conclusion to move to another studio in which she presents two news bulletins during the following programme, The Andrew Marr Show.


Years Presenter Current Role
2001-present Bill Turnbull Main presenter, Mon-Thu
2001-present Sian Williams Main presenter, Mon-Thu
2004-present Susanna Reid Main Presenter, Fri-Sun, Relief Presenter Mon Thu
2006-present Charlie Stayt Main Presenter, Fri-Sun, Relief Presenter Mon Thu
2005-present Kate Silverton Regular Relief Presenter
2006-present Louise Minchin Regular Relief Presenter
2008-present Chris Hollins Regular Relief Presenter
2009-present Naga Munchetty Regular Relief Presenter
2009-present Jon Kay Regular Relief Presenter
2009-present Nicholas Owen Occasional Relief Presenter
2008-present Robert Hall Occasional Relief Presenter

Out of Studio

As well as presenting from the studio, the main presenters are called upon to present on location when major stories break. For example, Bill Turnbull presented live from King's Cross in the aftermath of the 7 July 2005 London bombings, while Sian Williams reported live from the scene of the Indian earthquake in 2005. More recently Bill Turnbull reported live from Washington for the 2008 US Presidential Elections, George Alagiah presented from L'Aquila when the 6 April 2009 Earthquake struck, and Huw Edwards presented live from Basra fom the withdrawal ceremony. During September 2009, Kate Silverton presented from Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan. Also in September 2009, Bill Turnbull presented live from Brighton for the Liberal Democrats Conference while Sian Williams presented from the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences.

Regular segments


Sports updates are presented from the studio at 06:10, 06:35, 07:35 and 08:35. On occasions live sports updates are broadcast from sporting locations, such as Royal Ascot and Wimbledon, with the presenter interviewing key sporting figures.


From 26 May 2009 Business updates are presented from within the BBC Breakfast Studio at the following times at 06:10, 06:25, 06:50, 07:25, 07:55 and 08:25 - with news from the latest business stories and FTSE share figures.

  • Simon Jack - Monday to Thursday and occasional Friday since 2008
  • Aaron Heslehurst - Friday since 2005 and Monday-Thursday Relief since 2007
  • Joe Lynam - Relief Presenter


The national weather is broadcast at --:15 and --:45 minutes throughout the programme. During the week, forecasts are normally presented from the Blue Peter Garden, from the roof of Television Centre or out on location, often when the weather is in the news, such as during an expected storm surge in 2007 and from sporting events such as Wimbledon.


The below reporters are a dedicated team of journalists whom work specifically for BBC Breakfast. Various BBC News reporters may also be seen on the programme as well.[7]

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 (also shown on television at weekends on News 24. [8] 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 is currently reviewing the trial.


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 [9] 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:

Former presenters


  • In March 2006, Breakfast won the TRIC award for best daytime television programme for the third year in a row[10]

See also


  1. ^ About BBC Breakfast BBC News Online: 17 June 2003
  2. ^ Alison Ford - Editor
  3. ^ 20 years of breakfast television BBC News Online: 17 January 2003
  4. ^ When Bill met Halle BBC News Online: 19 May 2006
  5. ^ Sir Michael Caine BBC News Online: 10 May 2006
  6. ^ Reese Witherspoon, live on Breakfast BBC News Online: 1 February 2006
  7. ^ BBC Breakfast reporter profiles
  8. ^ Podcasts from BBC News BBC News Online: 8 May 2006
  9. ^ The Day Team at Chatsworth BBC News Online: 17 October 2003
  10. ^ Hat-tric for Breakfast BBC News Online: 7 March 2006

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