Sunrise welcomes Aussie legends to its Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 coverage

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Sunrise has bolstered breakfast television’s #1 team with a cavalcade of Aussie sporting greats as part of its special coverage of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

With the most anticipated Olympic Games ever now just days away, the Seven Network has announced Natalie Barr, David Koch and the Sunrise team will be joined by a panel of Australian Olympic icons led by Grant Hackett, Stephanie Rice, Sally Pearson, Giaan Rooney, Jana Pittman, John Steffensen, Shane Heal and Stuart O’Grady.

Fellow Olympic greats James Tomkins, Matthew Mitcham and Tom Burton will also be part of Sunrise’s coverage throughout the Games, along with 2012 ASP World Tour Champion Joel Parkinson as surfing makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo.

Australia’s greatest Olympian, five-time Gold medallist Ian Thorpe, will also join Nat and Kochie for several live crosses throughout the Games, while Sunrise’s own Mark Beretta will be live on the ground in Tokyo to bring viewers all the latest news, colour and atmosphere from the host city. Plus, Edwina Bartholomew will co-host Seven’s afternoon coverage of Tokyo 2020 alongside Olympian and 7NEWS presenter Matt Shirvington.

The families of our Olympians obviously cannot be in Tokyo for the Games, but a host of them will join Sunrise to lead Australia’s cheer squad back home.

Sunrise is the only place to wake up across the entire 17 days of Tokyo 2020. With an unrivalled panel of Aussie Olympic legends, Beretts at the centre of all the action in Tokyo and live competition as it gets underway each day, Nat, Kochie and the team will have all your Olympic action, news and drama covered.

Michael Pell, Sunrise Executive Producer

Sunrise is the only Aussie brekky show where viewers will be able to see live competition from Tokyo and all the latest Olympic highlights, news and exclusive athlete interviews from 5.30am AEST on weekdays and 6.00am AEST on weekends.

Olympic Games 23 July-8 August
Paralympic Games 24 August-5 September
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Sunrise’s new dawn with Natalie Barr


The Seven Network is thrilled to announce Natalie Barr as the new co-host of Australia’s #1 breakfast show, Sunrise.

Barr has been an integral part of the Sunrise family for the past 18 years and begins her new role alongside Kochie from Monday.

Sunrise has been my work family for 18 years and while I’ve absolutely loved my role as newsreader, I’ve now been given the chance to move half a metre along the desk closer to Kochie and give something new a try.

I like to think of it as, same same but different. I can’t wait!

Natalie Barr

Nat has been there every step of the way as we’ve evolved Sunrise over the past 18 years.

Our viewers know Nat is way more than just a newsreader. For years she has always stepped up as a co-host, filling in for Sam and I, and spent much of last year leading our coverage of the COVID pandemic.

We all love her wicked sense of humour and no-nonsense approach to life. Nat and I have always had a very close relationship – I’ve seen her sons grow into fine young men, walked The Kokoda Track with her husband, Drew, and her mum Julie is so gorgeous. Nat is a wonderful person, with a wonderful family, and I can’t wait to sit alongside her as we continue to evolve Sunrise.

David Koch, Sunrise co-host

We have an incredibly strong team at Sunrise and I’m delighted that Nat has agreed to step up into this new role.

Sunrise is a very important part of many Australians’ days. It’s been the #1 breakfast show for many years and I know that Nat, Kochie and the rest of the team will continue to take it from strength to strength.

James Warburton, Seven West Media Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

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Sunrise and The Morning Show on top


#1 in ratings year and #1 as summer starts

Fresh from winning the 2020 ratings battle, Sunrise and The Morning Show’s dominance of breakfast and morning TV is rolling into summer.

Last week Sunrise was the #1 breakfast TV program with an average 448,000 viewers nationally and a big lead over its nearest rival. The Morning Show also claimed the #1 spot, with 215,000 viewers nationally.

Eleven share points greater than its nearest commercial rival. A staggering result for Sunrise in 2020, maintaining the record ratings of 2019, reflecting how Australia chose to wake up and get their news and information.

From 5.30am through to 9am and then The Morning Show through to 11.30am, our teams delivered the most watched daily six hours of live television across the country every morning of every week. In television nothing can be taken for granted, least of all a trusting and expanding audience.

Craig McPherson, Network Director of News and Public Affairs

This has been a year like no other. Bringing breaking news to viewers has been a logistical challenge, but it has also never been more crucial. We are grateful to Australia for trusting Sunrise in even larger numbers during these times. I thank Kochie, Sam, Nat, Beretts, Eddy, Sam Mac and the entire team behind the cameras for their hard work and their dedication. Most importantly, thank you for watching.

Michael Pell, Executive Producer, Sunrise

In a trying year, the true test of a program is the loyalty of its viewers. To remain #1 for 13 years is more than an achievement – it’s a privilege, and one Larry, Kylie and the team don’t take for granted. We can’t wait to be back in 2021.

Sarah Stinson, Executive Producer, The Morning Show,

2020 highlights


  • • #1 breakfast TV program nationally and in Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide and Perth
  • • Won every day of the survey year, for the second year in a row
  • • Averaged 480,000 daily viewers nationally, 279,000 in the capital cities
  • • Reached over 2.5 million national viewers on average each week
  • • Increased audience year-on-year
  • • Double-digit audience growth in Sydney across key demographics
  • • Dominated key demographics including 25 to 54s, 18 to 49s and shoppers


  • • #1 morning TV program nationally and in all capital cities
  • • Won its timeslot for survey year
  • • Averaged 252,000 daily viewers nationally, 151,000 in the capital cities
  • • Reached 1.75 million national viewers on average each week
  • • Up 5% on 2019 in 25 to 54s, up 8% in 16 to 39s, up 13% in total people
  • • Dominated key demographics including 25 to 54s, 18 to 49s and shoppers

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Source: OzTAM (Metro), RegionalTAM (Comb. Agg Markets). Combined/National: Metro + Regional. W/C 29/11/2020. Network National Reach estimate based on Metro + Regional for minimum of 5 consecutive minutes of Sunrise/TMS (includes Early/Late/Weekends) viewed on Seven Network. Average audience based on Sunrise/Today, TMS/Today-Extra (excludes Early, Late, Weekends). Data: Overnight


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