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||5|
|No. of episodes||472 (as of 20 October 2013)|
|Executive producer(s)||Mark Calvert|
|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.
|Susanne Messara||Hollywood Gossip||2013–|
The main presenters/hosts of Weekend Today have included:
Fill-in presenters for Weekend Today include Deborah Knight, Wendy Kingston, David Campbell, Tim Gilbert, Ken Sutcliffe, Tony Jones & Steve Jacobs. Fill-in news presenters include Sylvia Jefferies, Amelia Adams, Libby Stone & Vicky Jardim. Fill-in sports presenters include; Roz Kelly, Erin Molan, Yvonne Sampson and Clint Stanaway. Fill-in weather presenters include Natalia Cooper, Mike Dalton and Sylvia Jefferies.
|Jacinta Tynan||Weekend Grill|
|Gretel Killeen||Weekend Grill|
|Angela Mollard||What's Making News|
|Robin Bailey||What's Making News|
News presenters have included:
Sport presenters have included:
- Michael Slater (Sunday. 2009–2010)
- Tim Gilbert (2009–present)
Erin Molan is the main fill-in presenter.
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. Abby Coleman, Mike Dalton and Jesinta Campbell have been fill-in weather presenters for Freedman.
Weather presenters have included:
- Felicity Whelan (2009–2010)
- Emma Freedman (2010–present)
In February 2009, Michele Mahone joined Weekend Today as Hollywood Gossip reporter where she reported on the latest entertainment news. She remained with the show until September 2013 due to the show going in 'another direction'.
Entertainment presenters have included:
- Michele Mahone (2009–2013)
- Susanne Messara (2013-present)
- Knox, David (28 January 2009). "Weekend Sunrise wakes up to Today’s alarm". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 28 January 2009.
- Official website
- Weekend Today on Facebook
- Weekend Today on Twitter
- Weekend Today
- Today and Weekend Today at TV.com
- Today at the National Film and Sound Archive