Breakfast (TVNZ)

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Breakfast Intertitle
Genre News program, Live-action
Presented by Rawdon Christie
Alison Pugh
Peter Williams (news)
Nadine Chalmers-Ross (news)
Sam Wallace (weather)
Country of origin New Zealand
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 15
Running time 180 Minutes
Original channel TV ONE
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 11 August 1997 – present
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Breakfast (also referred to as TVNZ Breakfast), is a New Zealand morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on TV ONE, produced by ONE News. Debuting on 11 August 1997, it was the first of its genre in New Zealand. Originally a two hour show, it has been expanded by one hour and now to include a Saturday edition.

Breakfast‍ '​s dominance was virtually unchallenged by the other networks until 2008, when TV3 launched Sunrise. Sunrise struggled against Breakfast in the ratings until Sunrise went off air because of financial issues in April 2010, leaving Breakfast the only morning news and talk show in New Zealand until TV3 launched their second attempt at a morning news show, Firstline, in 2011. Breakfast is currently the highest-rated morning news and talk show since 11 August 1997.[citation needed]



News anchors[edit]

  • Peter Williams Monday–Wednesday
  • Nadine Chalmers-Ross - Thursday and Friday

Weather reporter[edit]

  • Sam Wallace


Saturday Breakfast[edit]

Main article: Saturday Breakfast

On 3 September 2011 TVNZ launched Saturday Breakfast, which aired between 7 am and 9 am each Saturday. The show was axed at the end of 2012 due to low viewership.

Show format[edit]

10 minutes of news, sport and weather is presented every half hour between 6:00 and 8:30. Weather is presented from a location around the country, usually where an event is happening. On the hour business news is also presented. Mostly, the show has interviews with newsmakers or TVNZ reporters on the day's headlines. The first hour of the show is devoted to news stories, and the rest of the show has entertainment or special interest segments.


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