Sunrise (Sky News)

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Sunrise logo
Genre News, Sport, Weather
Presented by Eamonn Holmes
Isabel Webster
Stephen Dixon
Gillian Joseph
Country of origin United Kingdom
(Broadcast internationally)
Original language(s) English
Location(s) Sky News Centre, London
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 3 hours (Weekdays),
4 hours (Weekends)
Production company(s) Sky plc
Picture format 16:9, 1080p
Original release 6 February 1989 (1989-02-06) – present
External links
Sky News
Former Sunrise logo 2012-15

Sunrise is the breakfast programme on Sky News between 6am and 9am on weekdays and 6am to 10am on weekends. The weekday programmes are also broadcast on Pick between 6:00am and 7:00am and in full on Sky1. It was first aired on 6 February 1989. Since March 2014, the programme has been presented by Eamonn Holmes and Isabel Webster. The editions broadcast from Friday to Sunday are presented by Stephen Dixon and Gillian Joseph.


Since 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 These graphics were swiftly withdrawn after viewers and staff alike deemed them too gaudy.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.

In January 2007, Dunkley moved to Sky News' weekend coverage. Holmes was then joined by new signing Charlotte Hawkins on Sunrise.[1]

In March 2014, Hawkins left Sky News to join Good Morning Britain; 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.


On Wednesday 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 Monday 10 December 2012, Sunrise's 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, Sky News Sunrise moved to the main Sky News desk due to their original studio position becoming flooded; this change was soon made permanent.[2]


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.

Presenter History[edit]

Weekday Presenters[edit]

Dates Presenter One Presenter Two
1989-1991 Penny Smith Alistair Yates
1991–1993 Selina Scott Michael Wilson
1993–1998 Simon McCoy Kay Burley
1998 - March 1999 Mark Longhurst
March 1999 - Late 2000 Martin Stanford Kate Garraway
Late 2000 – Early 2002 Simon McCoy Natasha Kaplinsky
Early 2002 - September 2002 Julie Etchingham
September 2002 - May 2003 Alison Bell
May 2003 - December 2003 Emma Crosby
January 2004 - June 2005 Greg Milam Lorna Dunkley
June 2005 - October 2005 Stephen Dixon
October 2005 - January 2007 Eamonn Holmes
January 2007 – March 2014 Charlotte Hawkins
March 2014 — present Isabel Webster

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 Mark Longhurst Gillian Joseph
January 2012 – present Stephen Dixon

Stand in presenters[edit]

Dates Presenter Notes
Sep 2015– June 2016 Sarah Jane Mee Covered for Isabel Webster,
whilst she was on maternity leave.
Feb 2016–April 2016 Niall Paterson Covered for Eamonn Holmes,
whilst he recovered from a hip operation
Other Sky News presenters provide short term cover


  1. ^ Tryhorn, Chris (9 January 2007). "Meridian presenter Charlotte Hawkins joins Eamonn Holmes at Sky News". Guardian Online. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  2. ^ 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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