The New Zealand broadcaster TVNZ announced today that it was extending TV One's Breakfast programme to six days a week from next month.
The new Saturday edition of Breakfast will be fronted by Rawdon Christie and Toni Street, airing between 7:00 and 9:00am from 3 September.
Christie joined TVNZ in 2003, and has produced and presented TV One's afternoon news bulletin since 2009, while Street currently works as a sports reporter and presenter. Both will continue their existing network commitments upon assuming the new roles.
Existing Saturday morning offerings largely consist of children's and lifestyle programming across all channels, although TV One also airs a half-hour compilation programme containing Breakfast clips from throughout the week.
Anthony Flannery, TVNZ's head of news and current affairs, described the extension of Breakfast as "an exciting development, which we know viewers will welcome". He indicated that the Saturday edition would adhere closely to the weekday format, but with a stronger focus on "lifestyle, entertainment and sport".
Breakfast, hosted on Mondays to Fridays by Petra Bagust and Corin Dann, remains largely unchallenged as New Zealand's most popular morning programme. It retains a comfortable ratings lead over its sole weekday rival, TV3's Firstline, which was launched earlier this year as a more "serious" alternative" to Breakfast's breezier style.
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