Weekend Sunrise is an Australian breakfast television program,
broadcast on the
Seven Network and currently hosted by Basil Zempilas
and Monique Wright.
4 Previous hosts
7 Theme song
8 See also
10 External links
In 2005 the
Seven Network replaced its struggling Sunday morning
program Sunday Sunrise with a program called
Weekend Sunrise which
originally was an hour-long (8 am – 9 am) program with an identical
format to Sunrise. Hosted by
Chris Reason and Lisa Wilkinson, the
program was successful and various critiques at the time called for
the program to be lengthened to two hours (7:00 am – 9:00 am) and be
extended to Saturday mornings as well as Sunday.
Weekend Sunrise was extended from an hour to a two-hour show,
running every Sunday from 8 am till 10 am. When Sportsworld returned
for the football season
Weekend Sunrise settled into a 90-minute
format, 8:00 am – 9:30 am. After Sportsworld's series concluded, the
show returned to a two-hour format.
Andrew O'Keefe initially temporarily replaced host
Chris Reason in
2006, but after improved ratings he was given the hosting position
permanently. In 2007, Wilkinson moved to the
Nine Network to host
Today, and was replaced by Samantha Armytage. In 2008, Weekend
Sunrise moved their start time 30 minutes earlier to 7:30 am, to match
the new start time of Nine's Sunday program. The program continued to
run through to 10:00 am, meaning the program had a two-and-a-half-hour
In 2009, the program's start time was moved even earlier. Originally,
it was announced that Today on Sunday (now Weekend Today), the
replacement the long-running Nine's Sunday, would run from 7:30 to
9:00 am. But this was changed on 28 January 2009 to 7:00 am to 9:00
am. As result, Seven announced that
Weekend Sunrise would also
commence at 7:00 am and run through to 10:00 am, meaning the program
would go for three hours, the same as the weekday version of
On 13 February 2010, Seven announced that
Weekend Sunrise would extend
to Saturdays to compete against Weekend Today. The Saturday edition
airs in the same time slot as Weekend Today, i.e. 7:00 am – 10:00
am. Saturday Disney, which previously occupied the timeslot,
immediately followed Weekend Sunrise, until in 2012 it was
permanently moved to 7Two, airing in the same time as Weekend Sunrise.
The original Saturday team consisted of
Samantha Armytage co-hosting
Larry Emdur with
Sarah Cumming presenting the news, Simon Reeve
presenting sport and
James Tobin presenting the weather.
In November 2011,
Adam Boland was appointed executive producer of the
program. Boland overhauled the program introducing a new format, a
number of new segments and new regulars. These changes were scheduled
to introduced on November 5, 2011, however due an apparent server
crash, the program was canceled at the last minute. The relaunch
took place the following day as a result.
In September 2012, executive producer
Adam Boland announced that the
show would extend to three hours on Saturday from October. Boland
finished with the
Seven Network in February 2013 to later join Network
Ten. Sunrise executive producer
Michael Pell replaced Boland.
In June 2013,
Melissa Doyle announced that she would be leaving
Sunrise for a national network role, with
Samantha Armytage replacing
Monique Wright initially replaced Armytage on Weekend
Sunrise, but it was not until February 2014 in which Wright was made a
permanent co-host on the show.
In February 2016, Angela Cox joined and filled-in for Monique Wright
as co-host of the show whilst she was on maternity leave. At the same
time, Sally Bowrey joined the show as entertainment and social media
On 4 March 2016,
Weekend Sunrise held a Parathon, to raise funds to
send athletes to the 2016 Paralympic Games. The program included
appearances from stars of Home and Away,
My Kitchen Rules
My Kitchen Rules and Saturday
Disney, as well as performances from
Samantha Jade and Russell Morris
and was extended to midday. It raised over $1.6 million
In December 2016, Angela Cox returned to
Weekend Sunrise to cover news
whilst Sally Bowrey was on maternity leave. In July 2017, Bowrey
returned to the show as news presenter.
Andrew O'Keefe and
Monique Wright created controversy with
their interview of
The Red Pill producer Cassie Jaye. Jaye became
frustrated at the critical line of questioning, so she asked them
directly "Did you see the film?" they had to admit they
hadn't. The interview was posted on Sunrise's Facebook page,
but was removed shortly after due to overwhelming negative response to
O'Keefe's interview tactics and support for Jaye. O'Keefe was accused
of ignorance and poor journalism after he failed to view it before
Cassie Jaye of being sympathetic to the views of Paul Elam.
Jaye subsequently posted screenshots of emails to prove that
Sunrise’s producer had receive a copy of the film a month before the
interview and plenty of time for the hosts to have watch it in. This
was to disprove O'Keefe on-air claim that they didn’t receive a copy
of the film.
In December 2017, after twelve years in the role, O'Keefe stepped down
from the role, citing his desire to spend more time with his family on
Basil Zempilas was announced as his replacement.
Similar to Sunrise,
Weekend Sunrise blends a mixture of news every
thirty minutes, interviews and light-hearted feature pieces into three
hours each morning. Occasionally,
Weekend Sunrise may present the show
from other locations, however, unlike Sunrise, this is less common.
As with Sunrise, national news updates are provided at the half hour
mark, followed by a summary of overnight sport and weather.
Current fill-in presenters that have recently hosted or co-hosted
Weekend Sunrise include Kylie Gillies, Natalie Barr, Mark Beretta,
Larry Emdur, Matt Doran, Ryan Phelan, Mark Riley, Sally Bowrey, Angela
Cox, Edwina Bartholomew, Simon Reeve, Denham Hitchcock and Michael
Fill-in News Presenters: Angela Cox and Angie Asimus.
Fill-in Sport Presenters: Ryan Phelan, Jim Wilson, Matt Carmichael and
Fill-in Weather Presenters: Tom Williams.
Other Seven presenters who have either filled in or presented Weekend
Sunrise in the past include Matt White, Jessica Rowe, Andrew Rochford,
Kellie Sloane, Rebecca Maddern, Rahni Sadler, Ben Davis, Mike Amor,
Jillian Whiting and Ben Damon, amongst others.
2005 – 2006
2006 – 2017
2005 – 2007
2007 – 2013
2005 – 2007
2014 – 2015
2005 – 2007
2008 – 2011
2011 – 2013
Previous hosts of
Weekend Sunrise include Chris Reason, Andrew
Lisa Wilkinson and Samantha Armytage.
Kylie Gillies was the
original sports presenter until she moved to The Morning Show and
Talitha Cummins presented the news from June 2007 until July 2008.
Sharyn Ghidella presented the news from 2008 until 2010. Larry Emdur
Weekend Sunrise on Saturdays in 2010.
Sarah Cumming previously
presented the news on Saturday until she became the weather presenter
Sydney in 2011.
Samantha Armytage hosted the program
from June 2007 until August 2013 and is now host of Sunrise. Jessica
Rowe presented the news from 2010 until 2013.
Ryan Phelan presented
sport throughout the first half of 2015 before Simon Reeve returned to
his post following the axing of Million Dollar Minute. Talitha Cummins
presented the news from 2013 until 2016. Cummins was later dismissed
Seven Network whilst she was on maternity leave, Sally Bowrey
later replaced her.
2010–11 (various reports before)
Chief political correspondent
US bureau correspondent
Masters of spin
Masters of spin
Australia has more than one time zone,
Weekend Sunrise is not
broadcast live to all of Australia, it is instead broadcast delayed.
New South Wales
New South Wales (including ACT), Victoria,
Tasmania have Weekend
Sunrise broadcast live all year round,
Queensland has Sunrise
broadcast live in wintertime, but during
Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time in
Sydney has the program delayed by one hour. The
Northern Territory has
Weekend Sunrise delayed 30 minutes during winter and 1 hour and 30
minutes during Daylight Savings in Sydney.
South Australia has it
delayed by 30 minutes all year around, and
Western Australia has it
delayed by 2 hours in wintertime and by 3 hours during Daylight
Savings in Sydney.
Occasionally, broadcasts of
Weekend Sunrise are altered during special
circumstances. On the morning of 17 July 2010,
Weekend Sunrise was
extended well past 9am continuing into 1pm in the afternoon when Julia
Gillard announced that
Australia would be heading to the polls on 21
Weekend Sunrise was covering the Victorian bushfires in
February 2009, the show extended its coverage until 11am, with the
extra hour dedicated to the events occurring in Victoria.
Neither Sunrise nor
Weekend Sunrise air on Christmas Day. Between 2007
and 2014, when Seven had the telecasting rights to the V8 Supercars,
Weekend Sunrise did not air on the day of the Bathurst 1000.
25 January 2010 – 31 January 2016
Weekend Sunrise used Duran Duran's "(Reach Up for the) Sunrise" as its
theme song until 2010 when MGMT's "Electric Feel" replaced it. In
November 2011, "(Reach Up for the) Sunrise" was reinstated as the
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Weekend Sunrise Extends on
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Melissa Doyle Leaving Sunrise for
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Monique Wright Named As Permanent
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^ Callaghan, Greg (29 July 2017). "Cassie Jaye's film on the men's
rights movement shocked Australia. Why?". The
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^ "Men's rights film banned in Australia". Sunrise.
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