ABC News Breakfast

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ABC News Breakfast
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ABC News Breakfast title
Genre Breakfast News Program
Presented by Virginia Trioli (2008 – present)
Michael Rowland (2010 – present)
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 1,447 (as of 30 May 2014)
Executive producer(s) Erin Vincent
Location(s) Melbourne, Victoria
Running time 180 minutes (3 hours)
Original channel ABC
Picture format 576i (SDTV) ABC
720p (HDTV) ABC News 24
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release 3 November 2008 – present
Related shows Weekend Breakfast
External links

ABC News Breakfast is an Australian news breakfast television program which broadcasts on ABC and ABC News 24 from 6am to 9am on weekdays. The program airs live in all Australian timezones on the high-definition digital free-to-air channel ABC News 24. It is also streamed live on the ABC's website and broadcast live on Foxtel pay television service. It is also broadcast on the Australia Network throughout the Asia-Pacific region.


The program commenced broadcasting on 3 November 2008 on ABC2, with hosts Virginia Trioli, Barrie Cassidy and Joe O'Brien (who replaced Cassidy on Fridays and during Cassidy's holidays). They are joined by sport presenter Paul Kennedy and weather presenter Vanessa O'Hanlon. Erin Vincent is the program's executive producer.


ABC News Breakfast covers the latest news, analysis, debate, finance, sport and weather. It draws upon the resources of ABC newsrooms and radio programs across Australia and the world.

During winter, the program is broadcast live on digital free-to-air channel ABC in the states of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania. It is broadcast on a 30 minute delay in South Australia and the Northern Territory and on a two hour delay in Western Australia.

During summer, when only some Australian states adopt daylight saving time, the program is broadcast live on free-to-air channel ABC only in the states of New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania. It is broadcast on a 30 minute delay in South Australia, a 60 minute delay in Queensland, a 90 minute delay in the Northern Territory and on a three hour delay in Western Australia. During this time, ABC News 24 broadcasts the program live Australian Eastern Daylight Savings time across Australia.

In May 2011, the program moved to ABC, with children's programming moving to ABC2 and ABC3.

In November 2011, it was announced that the ABC News Breakfast brand would spread to the weekend with Weekend Breakfast hosted by Andrew Geoghegan and Miriam Corowa.

In January 2014, ABC News Breakfast had an extensive makeover, launching a larger new and improved set with three different individual presenting areas. The set includes a news desk, a newswall presenting area and a soft set with seating. Ironically the new set kept the existing couch that has been seen on air since the show's launch.

Weekend Breakfast[edit]

Further information: Weekend Breakfast

Weekend Breakfast is a mix of live breaking news and discussion, interviews with newsmakers and the weekend sport and weather hosted by Andrew Geoghegan and Miriam Corowa. The show began on 4 February 2012 and airs from 8am to 11:30am on weekend mornings on ABC News 24.


Presenter Role Tenure
Virginia Trioli Co-host 2008–present
Michael Rowland Co-host 2010–present
Paul Kennedy Sports Presenter 2008–present
Vanessa O'Hanlon Weather Presenter 2008–present
Del Irani Finance Presenter 2015–present

In January 2009, ABC announced that Joe O'Brien will remain as host on Monday through to Friday replacing Barrie Cassidy. In April 2010, ABC announced that O'Brien would leave ABC News Breakfast to be morning news presenter on ABC News 24. In May 2010, former ABC News North America correspondent Michael Rowland replaced O'Brien as co-host.

The main fill-in presenter for Trioli is Beverley O'Connor or Zoe Daniel and the fill-in presenter for Rowland is Paul Kennedy. Sharelle McMahon is the fill-in sport presenter if Kennedy is away or filling in for Michael Rowland. Paul Higgins is the fill-in weather presenter if O'Hanlon is away.

Karina Carvalho and Beverley O'Connor replaced Virginia Trioli, while she was on maternity leave, throughout 2012.


The program features a number of regular segments and guests which appear each morning discussing the latest news and politics.

Former presenters[edit]

Presenter Role Tenure
Barrie Cassidy Co-host 2008


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