Sunrise (UK TV programme)

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Sunrise logo used since January 2018
Genre Breakfast television programme
Presented by Sarah-Jane Mee
Jonathan Samuels
Stephen Dixon
Isabel Webster
Opening theme Sky News theme
Country of origin United Kingdom
(Broadcast internationally)
Original language(s) English
Production location(s) Studio 6, Sky Studios
Osterley, London
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 1989-2005: Weekdays 5-9:30am
2005-2016: Daily 6-9am
Since 2015: Daily 6-10am
Production company(s) Sky plc
Distributor Sky plc
Original network Sky News
Picture format 16:9 (1080p)
Original release 6 February 1989 (1989-02-06) – present
External links
Sky News

Sunrise is the British breakfast programme that airs on Sky News, shown between 6am and 10am daily. It was first aired on 6 February 1989. Since October 2016, the programme has been presented by Sarah-Jane Mee, alongside Jonathan Samuels. The editions broadcast from Friday to Sunday are presented by Stephen Dixon and Gillian Joseph (Isabel Webster currently on maternity leave).[1]


At its beginning in February 1989, the programme ran from 5am to 9:30am. In 1991, it became one of only two shows across Sky's 20-year history to have its own individual graphics, the other being flagship bulletin Live at Five. These graphics were swiftly withdrawn after viewers and staff alike deemed them too gaudy. The show has used the channel's graphics ever since. It is common however for Sunrise to use a slight variation of some elements, such as in 1997, when Sunrise had its own variation on the then title sequence, and in 2005 when Sunrise used an individual variation of the Sky News globe.

When the channel relaunched on 24 October 2005, Eamonn Holmes and Lorna Dunkley became the regular presenters of the weekday editions of the show, with Steve Gaisford and Emma Crosby fronting the weekend edition of the programme. Jacquie Beltrao provided sports updates during the week. The broadcast time for the show was now 6-9 a.m.

In January 2007, Dunkley moved to Sky News' weekend coverage. Holmes was then joined by new signing Charlotte Hawkins on Sunrise.[2]

In March 2014, Hawkins left Sky News to join Good Morning Britain;[3] her replacement as Sunrise co-host was Isabel Webster, who took up her post later that month.

Previously, weekend editions were presented by Mark Longhurst and Gillian Joseph. In 2012, Stephen Dixon replaced Longhurst on Sunrise's Friday – Sunday programmes, with Longhurst transferring over to present the weekend evening slot. Charlie Thomas presents sports updates.

In October 2016, Sunrise relaunched, being anchored by Sarah-Jane Mee and Jonathan Samuels from Monday to Thursday, and Stephen Dixon with Isabel Webster from Friday to Sunday.

As a result of the 2016 revamped schedule, Sunrise was extended, now finishes at 10 a.m.

In 8 August 2017, Sunrise was re branded, with a new logo. When this logo came, weekday editions reverted back from double-headed to mostly single headed, with Sarah-Jane Mee presenting most of the show, and Jonathan Samuels reading the headlines. Weekend editions however, became completely double-headed with Stephen Dixon and Isabel Webster.


On 5 February 2009 at 6am, Sunrise began presenting from a new "multi-purpose" area of the Sky News Centre, formally known as the "shoebox". This coincides with the 20th anniversary of Sky News and a revamp for the main studio.

From 10 December 2012, the Sunrise studio was refreshed, with a new blue lit desk and red sofa being introduced. The programme also received a new logo, although it only appeared on the plasma screen in the studio.

On 9 February 2015, Sunrise moved to the main Sky News desk due to their original studio position becoming flooded; this change was soon made permanent.[4]

Between October 2016 and November 2017, Sunrise was broadcast from Studio 21 at Sky Central. The programme returned to Sky News Centre on 18 November, along with the rest of Sky News' output while work was carried out in Studio 21 and Sunrise's new studio was completed.

On 17 January 2018 Sunrise began broadcasting from Studio 6 at Sky Studios. The new studio includes a virtual space to allow for segments away from the desk area, along with the weather.

Christmas editions of Sunrise are normally broadcast by Kay Burley, and come from Sky News Centre.


Sunrise has been simulcast on Sky1 intermittently over the years, most recently in February 2016. The 6am hour was also broadcast daily on Channel 5 from 2002 to 2006, and continued to be shown on Saturdays until 2008.


Weekday presenters[edit]

Dates Presenter One Presenter Two
1989–1991 Penny Smith Alistair Yates
1991–1993 Selina Scott Michael Wilson
1993–1995 Bob Friend Anna Walker
1995 – March 1999 Martin Stanford Kay Burley
March 1999 – October 2000 Kate Garraway
October 2000 – September 2001 Simon McCoy Natasha Kaplinsky
September 2001 – February 2002 Juliette Foster
February 2002 – September 2002 Julie Etchingham
September 2002 – May 2003 Various
May 2003 – December 2003 Emma Crosby
January 2004 – June 2005 Lorna Dunkley
June 2005 – October 2005 Stephen Dixon
October 2005 – January 2007 Eamonn Holmes
January 2007 – March 2014 Charlotte Hawkins
March 2014 – October 2016 Isabel Webster

(Sarah-Jane Mee - maternity cover)

October 2016 — Sarah-Jane Mee Jonathan Samuels

Weekend presenters[edit]

Dates Presenter One Presenter Two
October 2005 – May 2006 Steve Gaisford Emma Crosby
May 2006 – September 2006 Stephen Dixon
September 2006 – April 2007 Mark Longhurst
Late 2006 – April 2007 Helen Fospero
February 2007 – April 2007 Samantha Simmonds
April 2007 – October 2007 Mark Longhurst
October 2007 – December 2011 Gillian Joseph
January 2012 – October 2016 Stephen Dixon
October 2016– Isabel Webster (Gillian Joseph - maternity cover)

Additional presenters[edit]

Presenter Area Notes
Jacquie Beltrao Sport Weekdays
Nazaneen Ghaffar Weather Main Weather Presenter
Isobel Lang Weather Weekend Weather Presenter
Jo Wheeler Weather Relief
Kirsty McCabe Weather Relief

Stand-in presenters[edit]

Dates Presenter Notes
2015–2016 Sarah-Jane Mee Maternity cover for Isabel Webster
25 December Kay Burley Burley presents Sunrise on Christmas Day every year. In 2016 and 2017, she also presented the Boxing Day edition of the programme
Dec 2017-present Gillian Joseph Maternity cover for Isabel Webster
Other Sky News presenters provide short term cover

Logo gallery[edit]


  1. ^ Dixon, Stephen (@skystephen) (23 December 2017). "Had a nice sleep in today. Back on Sunrise tomorrow with @skygillian with a fun and jolly Christmas Eve show". Retrieved 2017-12-23 – via Twitter. 
  2. ^ Tryhorn, Chris (9 January 2007). "Meridian presenter Charlotte Hawkins joins Eamonn Holmes at Sky News". Guardian Online. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  3. ^ Plunkett, John; Conlan, Tara (25 April 2014). "ITV prepares to usher in new dawn with Good Morning Britain". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Baird, Dugald (9 February 2015). "Sky News: flood of woes for Eamonn Holmes and the Sunrise team". Guardian Online. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 

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