Good Morning Australia
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This article is for the Australia breakfast TV show, not to be confused with Bert Newton's morning program of the same name.
|Good Morning Australia|
|Also known as||GMA|
|Genre||Breakfast News Program|
|Presented by||Co host
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||11|
|No. of episodes||2,877|
|Location(s)||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Running time||120 minutes (inc. ads)|
|Original channel||Network Ten|
|Picture format||4:3 PAL (1981-1992)|
|Original run||2 March 1981 – 18 December 1992|
|Followed by||The Big Breakfast (1992-1995)|
The original Good Morning Australia breakfast television program was a news and entertainment series broadcast by Network Ten on weekdays from 7:00 to 9:00 am. It debuted on 2 March 1981 with Gordon Elliott and Sue Kellaway co-hosting. Kellaway departed shortly after the program began and was replaced by Kerri-Anne Kennerley, who stayed with the program until the end of 1991 when she was replaced by Sandra Sully, Joy Smithers and then Sandra Sully again.
The male co-host position on GMA was filled by Tim Webster, Mike Gibson, Terry Willesee, Webster again, Mike Hammond and Ron Wilson. In 1992, GMA moved to the 6:30 to 8:30 am timeslot, coinciding with the launch of The Morning Show with Bert Newton.
GMA, as a breakfast news program, was cancelled at the end of 1992 and the name was taken over by Bert Newton's morning program.
GMA was Australia's first breakfast television program with programs such as Today, Sunrise and ABC News Breakfast following in its footsteps. The genre has also been expanded to Weekends with Weekend Today, Weekend Sunrise and Weekend Breakfast.