Good Morning Australia
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|Good Morning Australia
aka GMA with Bert Newton
aka The Morning Show
|Presented by||Bert Newton|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||14|
|No. of episodes||3,200|
|Running time||120-150 mins (inc. ads)|
|Original channel||Network Ten|
|Picture format||4:3 (1992-2000)
|Original run||20 January 1992 – 16 December 2005|
|Preceded by||Til Ten (1989 – 1991)|
|Followed by||9am with David & Kim (2006 – 2009)|
The program began on 20 January 1992 with the title The Morning Show, changing its name on 1 February 1993 to Good Morning Australia, after the breakfast news program with the same name on the same network had been cancelled a few months earlier. The Newton program was cancelled in 2005 and aired its final episode on 16 December 2005 as Newton moved to the Nine Network.
John Foreman was the musical director for GMA until 2004, when Mark Amato succeeded him. Robert Mascara appeared as 'Belvedere' the official taste tester and was also the shows Floor Manager for its entire run.
The show had many regular contributors to various topical segments:
|Patti Newton||Wife of Bert Newton|
|John-Michael Howson||Celebrity & Hollywood Gossip|
|Ann-Maree Biggar||Gadgets & DVD Reviews|
|Val Jellay||Movie Reviews|
|Shane Bourne||DVD Reviews|
|Axle Whitehead||Music Reviews|
|Yves Hernot||Antiques valuation & Art|
Shannon Watts joined GMA in 2004 replacing Ed Phillips who went on to host Temptation for the Nine Network. Shannon was soon put out in the field hosting segments from the AFL Grand final, The Grand Prix and the Gold Coast Indycar Grand Prix. Shannon did over 160 episodes on Good Morning Australia. Shannon stayed with GMA until the show's end and went on to be a reporter on the replacement show 9am with David & Kim.
The program's former title The Morning Show was adopted by the rival show on the Seven Network.
The successor to GMA was 9am with David & Kim, which had a similar format. Prior to Bert Newton's era, Ten Melbourne ran a similar show Good Morning Melbourne, hosted by Roy Hampson and Annette Allison. During Hampson's long run, the program had a number of different titles, such as The Roy Hampson Show and Roundabout.