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Original Breakfast Time logo
|Format||News, Business, Sport, Weather|
|Created by||BBC News|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Original run||17 January 1983 – 1 September 1989|
|Followed by||Breakfast News|
Breakfast Time is British television's first national breakfast television programme, broadcast from 17 January 1983 until 1 September 1989 on BBC1 across the United Kingdom. It was broadcast for the first time just over two weeks before TV-am, the commercial breakfast television station started its service with the programme Good Morning Britain.
The show was revolutionary for the time. It mixed hard news with accessible features, creating a cosy feel, with sofas and bright colours — a stark contrast to the Open University programming that had previously been broadcast during that timeslot. Frank Bough, Selina Scott and Nick Ross anchored the show, with regulars such as Russell Grant (astrology) and Diana Moran, also known as the "Green Goddess" due to the colour of her leotard (fitness).
Breakfast Time was an unexpected success. A rival commercial breakfast show, TV-am, was headed by a star line-up and almost everyone assumed it would trounce the BBC, but Breakfast Time got on the air first and the format and presenters proved supremely popular.
One of Breakfast Time's most notable episodes was on the morning of the Brighton bombing when Nick Ross in the studio presented continuous live coverage of the IRA's attack at the Conservative Party conference in 1984, including live pictures of the rescue of senior politicians such as Norman Tebbit.
In time TV-am simply copied the BBC's approach, and Breakfast Time became less sure-footed, losing some of its friendly accessibility as it strained to be more serious in tone. It adopted a news format on 10 November 1986, and on 4 September 1989 the show became Breakfast News.
- Frank Bough
- Sue Cook
- Jill Dando
- Fern Britton
- Debbie Greenwood
- David Icke
- Sally Magnusson
- John Mountford
- Jeremy Paxman
- Debbie Rix
- Nick Ross
- Mike Smith
- Selina Scott
- John Stapleton
- Kirsty Wark
- Francis Wilson
Last January 17, 1983 during Breakfast Time's first broadcast, letters and telegrams have been sending to offices and different breakfast shows around the world have greet Breakfast Time luck such as Network Ten for Australia, CTV for Canada, CBS and ABC for the United States, TVB for Hong Kong and NHK for Japan.
Among the in-studio guests on the first "Breakfast Time" on January 17, 1983 was Jane Pauley, presenter of NBC News "Today" in the United States.
- Ian Jones, Morning Glory: A history of British breakfast television. Kelly, 2004. ISBN 1-903053-20-X