|Presented by||Bill Turnbull
|Theme music composer||David Lowe|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
BBC Television Centre (2000–12)
|Running time||195 minutes|
|Original channel||BBC One
BBC One HD
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|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 Weekend News
BBC News at Nine'
World News Today
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.
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 1983,3 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 am—moving 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.4 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.
Since April 2006, BBC News has 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 the other BBC One bulletins that required a larger set design that included walls of Barco video screens. Viewer comments changed the original screen scenes of cirrus clouds on a blue sky as too cold and their replacement was with orange squares from the new titles designed to hide any joins or faults between the screens which before was obvious. The screens eventually displayed what visuals were needed for any story content: different backgrounds, graphics and still photographs. More importantly, the set has a generic visual that can 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 2003.5
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.6 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.7 Williams left Breakfast on 15 March 2012, but she continues on 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 Salford location Breakfast broadcast occurred on Tuesday 10 April 2012.8 London-based newspapers have reported extensive criticism of the BBC move,9 10 11 but a decrease in audience has not occurred with the retention of an approximate average of 1.5 million viewers.12
The 2012 Summer Olympics prompted Olympic Breakfast on the morning of the opening ceremony (Friday 27 July) 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.
Between 6am and 8.30am the programme is simulcast on the BBC News. 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 News studio in Broadcasting House, or out on location. Short (approximately four minutes) regional news, travel and weather programmes are just before the hour and the half hour throughout the programme.
Breakfast encourages viewer response and interaction through all types of communication: telephone, text, e-mail, or via Facebook and Twitter.13 Video reports and interviews from the programme are made available on the Breakfast Facebook page after transmission.
|2009–||Naga Munchetty||Sunday and relief|
- A ^ Bill Turnbull presented Friday to Sunday on his addition to the programme in 2001 until 2007. Turnbull then presented Monday to Thursday alongside Sian Williams from 2007 to 2012.
- B ^ Charlie Stayt was initially a relief presenter when he joined Breakfast. Stayt then presented Friday to Sunday alongside Susanna Reid from 2007 to 2012.
- C ^ Louise Minchin was initially a relief presenter when she joined Breakfast in 2006, she replaced Sian Williams to become a main presenter in 2012.
|2012–||Sally Nugent||Monday—Thursday and relief|
|2011–||Steph McGovern||Monday—Friday and Relief|
- Jeremy Bowen - Monday-Thursday presenter, 2000–2002
- Sonia Deol - Relief weekend presenter, 2008-200914
- Robert Hall - Relief presenter, 2009
- Mishal Husain - Friday-Sunday presenter, 2002–2004
- Darren Jordon - Friday-Sunday presenter, 2000–2001
- Natasha Kaplinsky - Monday-Thursday presenter, 2002–2005
- Sarah Montague - Friday-Sunday presenter, 2000–2002
- Dermot Murnaghan - Monday-Thursday presenter, 2002–2007
- Nicholas Owen - Relief presenter, 2009-2012
- Sophie Raworth - Monday-Thursday presenter, 2000–2002
- Susanna Reid - Friday-Sunday presenter, 2004–2012; Monday-Wednesday presenter, 2012-2014
- Noel Thompson - Relief presenter, 2000-200915
- Kate Silverton - Relief presenter, 2005-2011
- Sian Williams - Friday-Sunday presenter, 2001-2005; Monday-Thursday presenter, 2005-2012
- Rob Bonnet - Monday-Thursday sports presenter, 2000–2005
- Chris Hollins - Monday-Thursday sports presenter, 2005-2012; Occasional relief as main presenter
- Sue Thearle - Friday-Sunday sports presenter, 2000-2008
- Declan Curry - Monday-Thursday business presenter, 2000–2008
- Max Foster - Business presenter and newsreader, 2001–2005
- Aaron Heslehurst - Business presenter, 2008–2010
- Simon Jack - Monday-Thursday Business presenter, 2008–2011
- Maryam Moshiri - Business relief presenter, 2008–2010
- Susannah Streeter - Business relief presenter, 2006–2013
- Samantha Washington - Friday business presenter, 2011
- Liam Dutton - Saturday-Sunday weather presenter, 2009–2011
- Isobel Lang - Monday-Friday weather presenter, 2000–2006
- Louise Lear - Monday-Friday weather presenter, 1998–2007
- Helen Willetts - Monday-Friday weather presenter, 2000–2008
- Louisa Preston - Relief newsreader, 2004-2006
- Moira Stuart - Regular newsreader, 2000–2006
- Suzanne Virdee - Relief newsreader, 2004–2006
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.
- On 3 June 2010, Turnbull presented live from the town of Whitehaven, following the Cumbria shootings the previous day.
- 6 April 2010. Sian Williams presented from Westminster in the run up to the announcement of the 2010 General Election.21
- April/May 2010. Bill Turnbull presented and reported from various locations on party campaign trail throughout the country.222324
- 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, Westminsterthe 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.25 Chris Hollins presented the sports news from the same location.25
- September 2010. Bill Turnbull presented from their party conference in Liverpool and the Labour Conference in Manchester.
- October 2010. Sian Williams presented from College Green, Westminster in anticipation of the unveiling of Chancellor George Osborne spending review..27
- 26 July 2012. Charlie Stayt and Lousie 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.
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 previously shown on television at weekends on News 24).28 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.
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 29 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
- In March 2006, Breakfast won the TRIC award for best daytime television programme for the third year in a row30
- The show was nominated for a National Television Award award in the Topical Magazine Programme category in 2011 but lost out to ITV's This Morning31
- Alison Ford The Editors Blog, BBC
- "BBC Breakfast editor Alison Ford dies of cancer", BBC News, 3 July 2013
- 20 years of breakfast television BBC News, 17 January 2003
- BBC Breakfast moving to Salford BBC News, 14 July 2010
- Sian Williams opts out of BBC Breakfast move BBC News, 31 March 2011
- Robinson, Stuart. "Salford Quays Wish you were Here". 13 September 2010. London Evening Standard. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
- Hough, Andrew. "BBC's £2m London-to-Salford travel bill". 10 April 2012. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
- Blears, Hazell. "Hazel on BBC's Salford Move". Article by Hazell Blears MP. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
- Kanter, Jake. "BBC Breakfast ratings steady after Salford move". 14 September 2012. Broadcast Now. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
- Contact us BBC News, 29 June 2010
- Sonia Deol BBC News, 13 November 2008
- Noel Thompson BBC News, 3 November 2008
- Balanced Breakfast Editors Blog, BBC, 7 June 2006
- Silverton dazzles at the Oscars - this time for all the right reasons Mail Online, 25 February 2007
- Kate Silverton: Ms Silverton strikes gold The Independent, 18 February 2008
- And the budget award goes to... BBC presenter Susanna Reid, who's wearing a £50 Oxfam dress to the Oscars Mail Online, 23 February 2009
- Oscars 2010: A night on the red carpet BBC News, 1 March 2010
- BBC – April 6th TV Newsroom
- BBC Breakfast 6 April 2010
- BBC News - General Election 2010: Making It Clear TV Throng, 5 April 2010
- ANDREW GREAVES: 'Expect Brown to come out fighting today' The Bolton News, 12 April 2010
- Live - Two years to London 2012 Olympics BBC Sport, 27 July 2010
- Child benefit cuts for better off are fair - Cameron BBC News, 5 October 2010
- Good morning! It's a special edition of Breakfast today with @sianbreakfast in Westminster as we look ahead to today's Spending Review Twitter/BBC Breakfast, 20 October 2010
- Podcasts from BBC News BBC News, 8 May 2006
- The Day Team at Chatsworth BBC News, 17 October 2003
- Hat-tric for Breakfast BBC News, 7 March 2006
- National TV Awards winners BBC News, 26 January 2011