Good Morning Australia

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Good Morning Australia
Also known as GMA
Genre Breakfast News Program
Presented by Co host
Gordon Elliott
Sue Kellaway
Kerri-Anne Kennerley
Sandra Sully
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 11
Production
Location(s) Sydney, New South Wales
Running time 120 minutes (inc. ads)
Broadcast
Original channel Network Ten
Picture format 4:3 PAL (1981-1992)
Audio format Stereo
Original run 2 March 1981 – 18 December 1992
Chronology
Followed by The Big Breakfast (1992-1995)

Good Morning Australia (or GMA) from Network Ten was the name of two different programs. This article is for the breakfast TV show, not to be confused with Bert Newton's morning program.

The original Good Morning Australia breakfast television program was 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.

The breakfast program competed with the Nine Network's Today (which launched in 1982 with Sue Kellaway, initial co-host of the Ten show) and usually placed second in the ratings behind Today.

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[citation needed] 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.

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