Click for larger image Breakfast Time Promo
1983
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Click for larger image Breakfast Time Promo
1983
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Click for larger image Breakfast Time - First Edition
17.1.1983
Click for larger image The UK's first breakfast television service was launched at 6:30am Monday 17th in January 1983. Frank Bough and Selina Scott presented the mix of news, sport and features.
 
Right clip - the team celebrate their first day on-air.


Click for larger image Breakfast Time - First Edition Wishes
17.1.1983
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Click for larger image Nationwide - Breakfast Time Launch Feature
1983
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Click for larger image Christmas with Breakfast Time
23.12.1983
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Click for larger image Breakfast Time
18.04.1984
A suitable opening from May 1984, with the latest on the seige at the Libyan People's Bureau which resulted in the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher. Selina and Fern Britton bring the overnight developments.
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Olympic Breakfast Time
1984
The BBC went Olympics crazy in Summer 1984, and Breakfast Time was no exception. Out went the usual titles, making way for dramatic footage of daybreak in Los Angeles.

Christmas with Breakfast Time
27.12.1984
'Tis the season to be jolly...look out for Santa Claus as Breakfast Time opens with appropriate footage. Frank Bough drew the short straw - no holiday for him!

Click for larger image Breakfast Time - News
1985
Click for larger image and now the Breakfast news with Debbie Rix from 24th May 1985

Easter with Breakfast Time
1985
Happy Easter from Breakfast Time - well, Good Friday actually!

Click for larger image Breakfast Time
1985
Click for larger image A very summery and picturesque opening in this clip from the summer of 1985.

Click for larger image Christmas with Breakfast Time
24.12.1985
Merry Christmas from Breakfast Time again!
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Click for larger image Breakfast Time
20.01.1986
The look and feel of Breakfast Time changed little since it began, but 1986 saw the stop-frame animation replaced by computer graphics. Sadly the new look didn't last, as Breakfast Time was "yuppified" later that year.
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Click for larger image Breakfast Time - News
1986
Click for larger image Richard Whitmore is drafted in to read the news. Notice that he adopts the Frank Bough woolly jumper look.

Click for larger image Breakfast Time (Final Edition)
7.11.1986
The open and close of the final edition of the informal version of Breakfast Time. The following Monday the programme had transformed into an all-news format with Frank ditching his jumpers in favour of a formal jacket.
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Click for larger image BBC Breakfast Time
1986
A new upmarket look for Breakfast Time from late 1986. Gone were Frank's sweaters and the sofa in favour of the serious news format which has remained ever since. Francis Wilson was granted a reprieve though, and stayed with Breakfast Time until 1992.
 
These clips are the opening and closing of the first new look programme.

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Click for larger image BBC Breakfast Time
1986
Three clips from the all-news format featuring the start of the programme, the bottom-of-the-hour music and the regional news link music.
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Click for larger image BBC Breakfast Time
1986 / 1987
Left clip - 1986 Presented by John Stapleton and Kirsty Wark. Right clip - 1987 the shorter "on-the-hour" titles are from Frank Bough's last edition just before Christmas. He was reunited with Selina Scott and part of the original sofa to send him on his way.
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CBS Morning News
1985
UK tv design doesn't take its cue from the US very often, but it's very easy to see that this CBS Morning News open - from 1985 - inspired the BBC Breakfast Time graphics a few years later. It's not an exact copy - the BBC version has smoother animation - but the similarities are obviously there.

Click for larger image BBC Breakfast Time Special - Zeebrugge
1987
Breakfast Time only appeared at weekends during exceptional circumstances. One such occasion was the Zeebrugge ferry tragedy in 1987 which claimed 55 lives. Frank Bough and Sally Magnusson have the latest.
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Click for larger image Frank Bough's Last Edition - Behind The Scenes
1987
An Open Air feature recorded the day before Frank's last edition
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Click for larger image Frank Bough's Last Edition
1987
Click for larger image Frank left Breakfast time after almost five years and this clip marks the end of his final show. They even brought the leather sofa out of retirement to mark the occasion.

Click for larger image BBC Breakfast Time Special
16.4.1989
Click for larger image A weekend special edition of Breakfast Time was broadcast on the day after the Hillsborough disaster. This was only the second occasion that Breakfast Time had been broadcast at the weekend.

Click for larger image BBC Breakfast Time - Last Edition
1989
Well this is it the end of an era, as BBC Breakfast Time comes to an end or so we thought...
 
Sally previews the new look Breakfast News in the second clip.

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Click for larger image BBC Breakfast News Pre-Launch Promo
1989
Click for larger image Alan Dedicoat voices this promo for the new BBC Breakfast News.

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1989
Click for larger image Kirsty tells us the new look BBC Breakfast News has had to be postponed ...

Click for larger image BBC Breakfast Time - Last Edition
1989
This is it.. finally the very last edition of Breakfast Time!
 
second clip previews the new look Breakfast News

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Click for larger image BBC Breakfast News
1989
On the 2nd October 1989, it finally happened BBC Breakfast Time becomes BBC Breakfast News. Nicholas Witchell, Kirsty Wark, Laurie Mayer and the late Jill Dando made up the new presenting team.
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Click for larger image BBC Breakfast News
1990
A 7.30 rejoin from summer 1990.
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Click for larger image BBC Breakfast News
1990
Click for larger image Live from Berlin one year after the fall of the Berlin Wall

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1990
Click for larger image Live from Westminster on the day John Major took over as PM

Click for larger image BBC Breakfast News
1991
With Laurie Mayer and the late Jill Dando
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BBC Breakfast News Summary
1991
Breakfast News was never shown at weekends, but from September 1991 BBC1 began its Saturday with a five-minute summary of the news. Chris Lowe reads the first such bulletin, which introduced an abridged version of the BBC News theme.

Click for larger image BBC Breakfast News
1992
clip comes from the final week of the 1992 general election
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Click for larger image Business Breakfast
8.3.1993
Click for larger image At the start of 1993 Business Breakfast became a programme in its own right and was extended to 60 minutes. This edition was the final time that the old Breakfast News graphics were used because the next edition, five days later, was the day when BBC News went virtual and the news got a uniform look for all BBC1 bulletins.

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Click for larger image Business Breakfast
1993
Click for larger image Presented by Nick Clark and Sara Coburn.
 
When Breakfast News launched in 1989, the first half-hour of the show was Business Breakfast, a round-up of all the latest city news. In 1993 Business Breakfast was doubled to one hour (at the expense of Pages from Ceefax) and became a show in its own right. This is the first programme to feature BBC News' corporate look introduced April 1993.


Click for larger image BBC Breakfast News
1993
The very first programme of the new look presented by Nicholas Witchell and the late Jill Dando.
 
The first BBC News corporate look was launched on Monday 13 April. From now on all the main news programmes would share the same virtual reality studio but the backdrop would change to reflect breakfast time, daytime and late news. Breakfast time got a warm pink to brighten the otherwise cold-looking blue, and here is that first new-look edition.

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Click for larger image Breakfast News
1997
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Click for larger image Breakfast News
1999
The unified look of BBC News was breaking up in the late 1990s and Breakfast News got a new, very individual intro together with a new set. By this time, other breakfast shows had switched to digital clocks and Breakfast News followed suit.
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Click for larger image Breakfast News
2000
With Michael Peschardt and Sophie Raworth
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Click for larger image Breakfast News
2000
Click for larger image With John Nicholson and Tanya Beckett from the final weeks of Breakfast News ahead of the autumn revamp which saw BBC News begin broadcasting in 16:9 and the breakfast programme's relaunch as a simulcast on BBC1 and BBC News 24.

Click for larger image Breakfast News - Closing Final Edition
2000
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Click for larger image BBC Breakfast - First edition
02.10.2000
Presented by Jeremy Bowen and Sophie Raworth. After 11 years, "BBC Breakfast News" came to an end prior to the start of the Sydney Olympics. Then, after the games, a new programme replaced it.This is the first edition of "Breakfast".
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Click for larger image Breakfast
2001
With Sophie Raworth and Jeremy Bowen
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Breakfast - Vote 2001
2001
Presented by Jeremy Bowen and Sophie Raworth.
 
Tony Blair is returned to power with almost as big a majority as he got first time round. This was before things started going wrong...


Breakfast
31.12.2002
Presented by Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams.
 
New titles and slightly different opening music for Breakfast in 2002. The programme now broadcasts seven days a week, 365 days a year, though BBC2 usually shows the weekend editions. This one is from New Year's Eve.


BBC Breakfast: Election Results
06.05.2005
Presented by Dermot Murnaghan and Natasha Kaplinsky.
 
With Tony Blair winning a historic third term in the 2005 General Election, Breakfast provides in-depth coverage of the results with the aid of Peter Snow.



BBC Breakfast
02.05.2006
Presented by Dermot Murnaghan and Sian Williams.
 
Since its launch in 2000 Breakfast's titles were almost identical. That changed on Tuesday 02 May with an overhaul of all BBC1's news bulletins.
 
The show itself is now back in the main news studio and the presenters read the bulletins. Breakfast's new titles feature a ring of fiimed images and a new logo - plus the now mandatory self-congratulation.


Click for larger image BBC Breakfast
2006
Dermot is joined by Kate Silverton
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Click for larger image BBC Breakfast
2007
The opening and closing moments from this edition, once again with Dermot and Kate.
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Click for larger image BBC Breakfast
2009
On March 2nd 2009 BBC Breakfast relaunched with a look more in-keeping with the BBC News 'globe' brand. New titles and a new fake newsroom set appear in the screens behind the presenters featuring orange and red banners, and a pink hued skyline.
 
All the regional news-opts now feature no opening titles, but are enchanced with the addition of the Breakfast clock superimposed at the bottom of the screen. Previously only a couple of regions were able to use a clock on their bulletins.

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Click for larger image BBC Breakfast
15.3.2012
Click for larger image Sian Williams last programme on 15 March 2012. She decided to leave the programme instead of moving north to Salford.


Click for larger image BBC Breakfast
10.4.2012
Click for larger image Tuesday 10 April 2012 and broadcasting history is made, as the BBC's flagship morning news magazine programme starts broadcasting from the BBC's new Northern England home at Media City in Salford. The studio SQ2 is shared with North West Tonight, and includes sharing their technical staff.

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