13 Facts About Weekend Sunrise


Weekend Sunrise is an Australian breakfast television program, broadcast on the Seven Network and currently hosted by Monique Wright and Matt Doran.

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In 2006, Weekend Sunrise was extended from an hour to a two-hour show, running every Sunday from 8 am till 10 am.

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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.

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On 13 February 2010, Boland got his wish as Seven announced that Weekend Sunrise would extend to Saturdays to compete against Weekend Today.

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On 4 March 2016, Weekend Sunrise held a Parathon, to raise funds to send athletes to the 2016 Paralympic Games.

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In December 2016, Angela Cox returned to Weekend Sunrise to cover news whilst Sally Bowrey was on maternity leave.

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In September 2019, Zempilas announced that he will step down as regular host of Weekend Sunrise, citing a desire to spend more time with his family, but will still appear on the show intermittently as a summer and fill-in presenter whenever required.

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Current fill-in presenters that have recently hosted or co-hosted Weekend Sunrise include Kylie Gillies, Mark Beretta, Larry Emdur, Mike Amor, Mark Riley, Sally Bowrey, Angela Cox, Edwina Bartholomew, Natarsha Belling, Chris Reason, Gemma Acton, Michael Usher and Matt Shirvington.

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Previous hosts of Weekend Sunrise include Chris Reason, Andrew O'Keefe, Basil Zempilas, Lisa Wilkinson and Samantha Armytage.

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Australia has more than one time zone, Weekend Sunrise is not broadcast live to all of Australia, it is instead broadcast delayed.

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The Northern Territory has Weekend Sunrise delayed 30 minutes during winter and 1 hour and 30 minutes during daylight saving in Sydney.

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When 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.

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Weekend Sunrise used Duran Duran's " Sunrise" as its theme song until 2010 when MGMT's "Electric Feel" replaced it.

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