Weekend Today (Australian TV program)
Weekend Today logo used since 4 February 2012
|Also known as||Today on Saturday |
Today on Sunday
Today: Weekend Edition
|Genre||Breakfast News Program|
|Presented by||Cameron Williams (2009 – present) |
Leila McKinnon (2009 - present)
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||342 (as of 1 July 2012)|
|Executive producer(s)||Neil Breen|
|Location(s)||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Running time||180 minutes|
|Original channel||Nine Network|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Original run||1 February 2009 – present|
|Preceded by||Sunday |
Sunday Morning News
Weekend Today is an Australian breakfast television program and has been broadcast live by the Nine Network since 2009.
The program airs after children's programming and runs from 7am to 10am on Saturdays and Sundays.
In January 2009, David Gyngell, chief executive of the Nine Network and John Westacott, former head of news and current affairs announced that Today would begin broadcasting on Sunday mornings. The program entitled, Today on Sunday, competes in the same timeslot as the Seven Network's Weekend Sunrise, which dominates Sunday morning television. The show launched on 1 February 2009 and the original team consisted of Cameron Williams and Leila McKinnon with the news presented by Amber Sherlock and the sport was presented by Tim Gilbert on Saturday and Michael Slater on Sunday.
On 2 May 2009, after the launch of Today on Sunday, the Nine Network announced through a surprise edition that Today on Saturday would return. The program incorporates the same presenting team as the Sunday edition, being the first Australian breakfast news program to broadcast seven days a week. Due to the launch of the Saturday version of the program, the Nine Network renamed the programs as Today: Weekend Edition. David Gyngell said the launch of the Weekend editions were a part of the Nine Network's plans to strengthen its news and current affairs department and return viewers to its once leading service.
In July 2009, Today: Weekend Edition was renamed as Weekend Today.
On 28 July 2012, Weekend Today stopped airing for London 2012 Olympic Games until 13 August 2012.
In September 2012, Weekend Today was extended to 3 hours on Saturday mornings.
|Michele Mahone||Hollywood Gossip||2009–|
 Past presenters
The main presenters/hosts of Weekend Today have included:
- Cameron Williams and Leila McKinnon (2009 – present)
 Substitute presenters
Fill-in presenters for Weekend Today include Deborah Knight, Sarah Harris, David Campbell, Tim Gilbert & Steve Jacobs. Fill-in news presenters include Sylvia Jefferies, Amelia Adams, Vicky Jardim & Sarah Harris. Fill-in sports presenters include; Roz Kelly, Erin Molan and Ben Damon.
News presenters have included:
- Amber Sherlock (2009–2010)
- Alicia Gorey (2010–2011)
- Deborah Knight (2011–present)
Tim Gilbert presents sport. Both Ben Damon and Roz Kelly are the main fill-in presenters.
Sport presenters have included:
- Michael Slater (Sunday. 2009–2010)
- Tim Gilbert (2009–present)
In December 2009, Felicity Whelan began presenting the weather on Weekend Today after she was chosen through the "Weekend Weather Presenter" competition. Whelan also filled in for Steven Jacobs on Today weather. However in April 2010, main fill-in weather presenter, Emma Freedman replaced Whelan who joined Network Ten. Rose Jacobs and Jesinta Campbell have been fill-in weather presenters for Freedman.
Weather presenters have included:
- Felicity Whelan (2009–2010)
- Emma Freedman (2010–present)
Entertainment presenters have included:
- Michele Mahone (2009–present)
 See also
- Knox, David (28 January 2009). "Weekend Sunrise wakes up to Today’s alarm". tvtonight.com.au. http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/01/weekend-sunrise-wakes-up-to-todays-alarm.html. Retrieved 28 January 2009.
- Official website
- Today on Facebook
- Today on Twitter
- Weekend Today
- Today and Weekend Today at TV.com
- Today at the National Film and Sound Archive