The British Broadcasting Corporation is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, it is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees, it employs over 20,950 staff in total. The total number of staff is 35,402 when part-time and fixed-contract staff are included; the BBC is established under a Royal Charter and operates under its Agreement with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture and Sport. Its work is funded principally by an annual television licence fee, charged to all British households and organisations using any type of equipment to receive or record live television broadcasts and iPlayer catch-up; the fee is set by the British Government, agreed by Parliament, used to fund the BBC's radio, TV, online services covering the nations and regions of the UK. Since 1 April 2014, it has funded the BBC World Service, which broadcasts in 28 languages and provides comprehensive TV, online services in Arabic and Persian.
Around a quarter of BBC revenues come from its commercial arm BBC Studios Ltd, which sells BBC programmes and services internationally and distributes the BBC's international 24-hour English-language news services BBC World News, from BBC.com, provided by BBC Global News Ltd. From its inception, through the Second World War, to the 21st century, the BBC has played a prominent role in British culture, it is known colloquially as "The Beeb", "Auntie", or a combination of both. Britain's first live public broadcast from the Marconi factory in Chelmsford took place in June 1920, it was sponsored by the Daily Mail's Lord Northcliffe and featured the famous Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba. The Melba broadcast caught the people's imagination and marked a turning point in the British public's attitude to radio. However, this public enthusiasm was not shared in official circles where such broadcasts were held to interfere with important military and civil communications. By late 1920, pressure from these quarters and uneasiness among the staff of the licensing authority, the General Post Office, was sufficient to lead to a ban on further Chelmsford broadcasts.
But by 1922, the GPO had received nearly 100 broadcast licence requests and moved to rescind its ban in the wake of a petition by 63 wireless societies with over 3,000 members. Anxious to avoid the same chaotic expansion experienced in the United States, the GPO proposed that it would issue a single broadcasting licence to a company jointly owned by a consortium of leading wireless receiver manufactures, to be known as the British Broadcasting Company Ltd. John Reith, a Scottish Calvinist, was appointed its General Manager in December 1922 a few weeks after the company made its first official broadcast; the company was to be financed by a royalty on the sale of BBC wireless receiving sets from approved domestic manufacturers. To this day, the BBC aims to follow the Reithian directive to "inform and entertain"; the financial arrangements soon proved inadequate. Set sales were disappointing as amateurs made their own receivers and listeners bought rival unlicensed sets. By mid-1923, discussions between the GPO and the BBC had become deadlocked and the Postmaster-General commissioned a review of broadcasting by the Sykes Committee.
The Committee recommended a short term reorganisation of licence fees with improved enforcement in order to address the BBC's immediate financial distress, an increased share of the licence revenue split between it and the GPO. This was to be followed by a simple 10 shillings licence fee with no royalty once the wireless manufactures protection expired; the BBC's broadcasting monopoly was made explicit for the duration of its current broadcast licence, as was the prohibition on advertising. The BBC was banned from presenting news bulletins before 19.00 and was required to source all news from external wire services. Mid-1925 found the future of broadcasting under further consideration, this time by the Crawford committee. By now, the BBC, under Reith's leadership, had forged a consensus favouring a continuation of the unified broadcasting service, but more money was still required to finance rapid expansion. Wireless manufacturers were anxious to exit the loss making consortium with Reith keen that the BBC be seen as a public service rather than a commercial enterprise.
The recommendations of the Crawford Committee were published in March the following year and were still under consideration by the GPO when the 1926 general strike broke out in May. The strike temporarily interrupted newspaper production, with restrictions on news bulletins waived, the BBC became the primary source of news for the duration of the crisis; the crisis placed the BBC in a delicate position. On one hand Reith was acutely aware that the Government might exercise its right to commandeer the BBC at any time as a mouthpiece of the Government if the BBC were to step out of line, but on the other he was anxious to maintain public trust by appearing to be acting independently; the Government was divided on how to handle the BBC but ended up trusting Reith, whose opposition to the strike mirrored the PM's own. Thus the BBC was granted sufficient leeway to pursue the Government's objectives in a manner of its own choosing; the resulting coverage of both striker and government viewpoints impressed millions of listeners who were unaware that the PM had broadcast to the nation from Reith's home, using one of Reith's sound bites inserted at the last moment
Amanda Rose Keller is an Australian television and radio presenter, comedian and media personality, best known as the host of the popular Australian lifestyle program The Living Room. Keller attended Carlingford High School and Mitchell College of Advanced Education, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 1982. At university, she was a contemporary of Andrew Denton among others, was a student of Peter Temple, she was a broadcaster with on-campus community radio station 2MCE-FM. Her first professional media job was in 1983 as a researcher for the popular children's television show, Simon Townsend's Wonder World! She was a researcher and producer for Good Morning Australia when Gordon Elliott and Kerri-Anne Kennerley were hosts. By 1985, she was a researcher and producer for Ray Martin's Midday show, where she first began to appear on camera. In 1987, she left Midday to appear in the pilot for Richard Neville's counter-culture programme Extra Dimensions, produced by the same team that made Beyond 2000.
Extra Dimensions folded after the first season. Keller's luck changed when she was signed to Beyond 2000, the internationally popular science programme, where she won numerous media awards including the United Nations Association of Australia's Media Peace Award in 1989, the Michael Daley Award for Science Journalism. In 1994, she joined Andrew Denton as a regular guest on his show Denton, where she combined her scientific knowledge with her love of popular culture and kitsch—subsequently publishing a book, Amanda's Handy Home Hints; when the series finished in 1995, she joined Denton at Sydney radio station Triple M where they co-presented the breakfast show. At the same time, she hosted her own contemporary culture show on cable television called The Hub, she hosted her own pop culture-centric program Mondo Thingo in 2004. In 2006, Keller appeared in Series Five of Dancing with the Stars where she progressed to the fifth round before being eliminated. In 2008 she starred in the SBS TV series Swift and Shift Couriers as Amanda Doyle, the Regional Manager, returned to this role for season two in 2011.
In 2011, she had a small role in another sitcom, Housos on SBS TV. Keller presents morning radio on WSFM 101.7, with Brendan Jones, where in 2017 she became one of the highest paid women in Australian radio. She has made appearances on shows such as Good News Week, Rove Live, The Glass House, 20 to 1, Spicks and Specks, Show Me the Movie!, Have You Been Paying Attention? and Hughesy, We Have a Problem. For the duration of the show Keller was the Baby Boomers team leader on Network Ten's quiz show Talkin"Bout Your Generation; the show began airing in 2009 and finished its fourth and last season in 2012. Keller is now the host of The Living Room; the show began airing in 2012. She supports the Sydney Roosters rugby league team in the Australian National Rugby League. Keller has two sons with lives in Sydney. Keller is the patron of The Sydney Kids Committee, a volunteer organisation which raises funds for the Sydney Children's Hospital, she holds the world record for the longest underwater radio broadcast which took place on 28 October 2010 when she and fellow WSFM breakfast show host Brendan Jones spent over three hours underwater at Sydney Aquarium.
In 2016 she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queens Birthday Honours Amanda's handy hints: an off-the-wall guide to surviving the nineties. Ringwood, Victoria: Penguin. 2007. ISBN 0140253777. Natural born Keller: my life and other palaver. Crows Nest, New South Wales: Allen and Unwin. 2015. ISBN 9781743316177.and contributed with co host Brendan Jones to Laugh Even Louder!. Gosford, New South Wales: Scholastic Australia Pty Limited. 2007. ISBN 978-1-74169-022-4. Amanda Keller on IMDb Interview in "The Age" newspaper Amanda's collection of kitsch
HSV (TV station)
HSV is a television station in Melbourne. It is part of the Seven Network, one of the three main commercial television networks in Australia, its first and oldest station, having been launched in time for the 1956 Summer Olympic Games in Melbourne. HSV-7 is the home of the AFL coverage; the HSV building is the network's operations hub, where the Master Control Room is located for all metropolitan and regional feeds to be controlled. Programming line-up, advertisement output, feed switching, time zone monitoring and national transmission output are delivered here. All Seven Network owned and operated studios have their LIVE signals relayed here ATN's output is fed to HSV and transmitted via satellite or fibre optic to the towers around metropolitan Sydney. In 2020 however, this function will transfer to a new play-out centre in Sydney as part of a joint venture with the Nine Network. HSV-7 began test transmissions in July 1956, the first 7 station in Australia and the first TV station in Melbourne, commencing broadcasting on 4 November, soon after the Commonwealth Government started issuing television licences.
In the opening ceremony, Eric Pearce declared: "We dedicate this station to the full service of the community. To Australian life – the happy families in the homes – we promise to serve you faithfully and well". HSV-7 and rival station GTV-9 were formed in time to broadcast the Melbourne Olympics, while Sydney stations TCN-9 and ATN-7 in Sydney relayed the Melbourne coverage. HSV-7 was owned by The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, owners of The Herald and The Sun; these two newspapers gave rise to the call sign HSV. In March 1960, the station converted an old cinema in Fitzroy into the southern hemisphere's first remote studio equipped with RCA TRT video tape recorders and vision mixing equipment, as well as major stage and artist areas and audience seating, it was connected to the station's main Dorcas Street studios by multiple microwave links. The studios were opened with a major live show featuring the US entertainer Bob Crosby and his band and the British comedian Jimmy Edwards, among others.
The station began to identify as Channel Seven in the late 1960s, since the early 1970s has used the national Seven Network logos, has followed the network's on-air presentation and programming. In 1979, Fairfax bought a substantial share of HSV-7 after many failed bids for the entire station. In December 1986, the station was purchased in its entirety by Rupert Murdoch's News Limited. In February 1987 HSV-7 was sold back to Fairfax, along with Brisbane station BTQ-7; as a result of the payback, HSV's unique faces - sports program World of Sport, newsreader Mal Walden and its Hello Melbourne campaign, Australia's contribution to the Hello News campaigns -were all pulled out, by 1987 its rights to Australian rules football telecasts were taken by the ABC's state station ABV-2. Walden moved to Ten as a result of this. In late 1987, the government introduced cross-media ownership laws which forced Fairfax to choose between its print and broadcast operations, it chose print, HSV-7 was sold to Christopher Skase's Qintex, which owned Seven stations in Sydney and Perth.
Skase himself pledged to revitalize the channel and its programs after years of ratings losses against Ten and Nine, as well as ABC and SBS, to bring it back to its place among Melbourne viewers. In 1990, Qintex was sent into damage control after Skase escaped extradition proceedings, the Seven Network became a discreet company. Entrepreneur Kerry Stokes bought the network in 1995. In November 2011, the station celebrated 55 years on air in Melbourne. At 9 am on Tuesday 10 December 2013, HSV-7 closed its analogue signal as part of the final phase of the national switchover to digital only transmissions; the event was marked on-screen with a special five-minute retrospective of the station's local and networked programming during its 57 years on air. HSV's production studios and headquarters were located at the Dorcas Street Studios in South Melbourne. HSV remained at the Dorcas Street Studios until March 2002 when news, current affairs and sport shows were moved to a new headquarters at Docklands.
The main production studios in Dorcas Street were sold off to Global Television in 2007, while the former offices and news studios were demolished in 2009. The Seven Network now chooses to hire studios facilities for its Melbourne-based entertainment and reality programmes. Docklands Studios Melbourne and Global Television is home to shows such as Dancing with the Stars and the quiz show The Chase Australia; the new facilities, known as Broadcast Centre Melbourne or BCM, are located near the Marvel Stadium in Docklands. On 11 March 2002, the first Seven News Melbourne bulletin, fronted by Peter Mitchell, was broadcast from these offices for the first time; the centre consists of three studios: a theatre studio, a product studio and a news studio that opens onto the newsroom. The offices are used as the transmission control centre for Seven's owned-and-operated stations in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and regional areas of Queensland. 200 full-time employees work in the building with an additional 100 hired casual or part-time.
In 2005, BCM experienced a major power failure which resu
South Melbourne, Victoria
South Melbourne is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia, 2 km south of Melbourne's Central Business District. It is in the local government area of the City of Port Phillip. At the 2011 Census, South Melbourne had a population of 9,317. Known as Emerald Hill, it was one of the first of Melbourne's suburbs to adopt full municipal status and is one of Melbourne's oldest suburban areas, notable for its well preserved Victorian era streetscapes. Before European settlement, the area now called South Melbourne featured a single hill surrounded by swamps; the Hill was a traditional ceremonial meeting place for Aboriginal tribes. The area became known as Emerald Hill. During the Victorian Gold Rush of 1851 a tent city, known as Canvas Town was established; the area soon became a massive slum, home to tens of thousands of migrants from around the world. Land sales at Emerald Hill began in 1852 and independence from Melbourne was granted, when Emerald Hill was proclaimed a borough on 26 May 1855. Many of the residents of Canvas Town moved to prefabricated cottages in suburbs like Collingwood and South Melbourne and some of these early homes remain in South Melbourne's Coventry Street.
The new municipality developed and by 1872 Emerald Hill was proclaimed a town. During the late 1870s, South Melbourne became a favoured place of residents for Melbourne's middle class, with fashionable terraced housing becoming the norm, including some English style squares, the best example of, St Vincent Gardens; the South Melbourne Town Hall was built between 1879 and 1880 and designed in suitable grandeur to evoke the city's booming status, establishing a civic heart at Bank Street, bordered by Clarendon, Park and Dorcas Streets. In 1883 Emerald Hill became a city. South Melbourne experienced a decline in the 1950s as Melbourne sprawled outwards. Like many other Melbourne inner city suburbs, during the 1960s, the Housing Commission of Victoria stepped in and erected several high-rise public housing towers, the tallest and largest of which, Park Towers is in South Melbourne.'Emerald Hill Court' is the other housing commission building located in South Melbourne. The result was an injection of migrants adding to the multicultural flavour of the area.
In the 1980s, South Melbourne experienced one of Melbourne's biggest waves of gentrification. Many of the terrace homes were restored and renovated and a new middle class moved in; as a result of the development of Southbank in the 1990s, Clarendon Street has become one of the highest rental yielding commercial streets in the entire city of Melbourne, attracting many of the residents from the apartment buildings to shop. There has been some new developments within South Melbourne and at the Southbank end of Clarendon Street, including Australia's largest hotel. South Melbourne is served by tram routes 1, 12, 58, 96. Route 96 runs along the former St Kilda railway line, converted to light rail in 1987. In 2006 there were strong calls by a joint council project and the Inner Melbourne Action Group to provide an inner south tram link between the City of Port Phillip and the City of Stonnington, by connecting route 112 with route 8 via Park Street; this would have required less than 100 metres of track to be laid along the Park Street gap to create the new route.
The main commercial district is centred on Clarendon Street and side streets, including an area around the South Melbourne Market, with many retailers, eateries, art galleries and more. Like the Melbourne CBD, there are many small laneways in South Melbourne, most of them cobbled in bluestone. South Melbourne's predominant housing is terraced or semi-detached Victorian. Park Towers is a notable example of Housing Commission of Victoria hi-rise public housing. There are a number of such towers in parts of South Melbourne, built since the 1960s. In recent years, South Melbourne has seen an increase in population density, due to apartment development in nearby Southbank, where development has spilled over from the Melbourne CBD. To the east, towards the St Kilda Road complex, are many high rise office buildings; the town hall precinct is home to some of Melbourne's best examples of Victorian architecture. See Yup Temple is a Chinese temple, built by the See Yup Society in 1856, dating back to the gold rush era.
South Melbourne features television production studios owned by the Seven Network and Global Television in the south of the suburb. This was the Melbourne studios of the Seven Network prior to them moving to the Melbourne Docklands's Digital Broadcast Centre. Several Channel Seven shows like Deal or No Deal, Dancing with the Stars and It Takes Two were filmed at the South Melbourne location while News and Today Tonight are filmed at Docklands. South Melbourne FC is regarded as one of Australia's most successful soccer clubs, with four national titles to their name, they play in the Victorian Premier League at Lakeside Stadium, a rectangular stadium built on Lake Oval, the former home ground of the South Melbourne Swans. They have been known as South Melbourne Hellas, a tribute to the migrant Greek founders of the club and traditionally played at Middle Park, it was once home to the South Melbourne Swans team, which played in the Victorian Football League, which played out of the Lake Oval in nearby Albert Park, before relocating to Sydney in 1982 in a radical move, which spawned the national Australian Football League.
More a new athletics track and field facility replaced the earlier updated soccer ground however soccer is still present in the centre of the track. Notable people from or who lived i
Craig Revel Horwood
Craig Revel Horwood is an Australian-British dancer and theatre director in the United Kingdom. He is a patron of the National Osteoporosis Society, he is best known as a judge on popular BBC dancing show Strictly Come Dancing, for which Revel Horwood earns an annual pay packet of between £150,000-199,999, according to official BBC reports. Revel Horwood's West End credits include Spend Spend Spend and My One and Only, both of which gained Laurence Olivier Award nominations for Best Choreography, he was associate director and choreographer of West Side Story, assisted Bob Avian with Martin Guerre and was resident director of Miss Saigon. He choreographed Hard Times – The Musical, Calamity Jane, Tommy Cooper – Jus' Like That and the play Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, starring Claire Bloom and Billy Zane at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, he directed and choreographed Beautiful and Damned. He directed the Welsh Première Concert Production of My Land's Shore for the Gate Theatre in Cardiff. During the summer of 2008, he directed a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Sunset Boulevard at the Watermill Theatre, which transferred to London's West End at the Comedy Theatre.
Revel Horwood directed and choreographed the 2010–11 UK and Canadian tour of Chess, a revival of the 1986 musical conceived and written by Tim Rice, with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. In 2012, he directed the UK Tour of Strictly Come Dancing for the second year running, he starred as Miss Hanigan in the UK touring production of Annie in 2015 and 2017. Regional theatre choreography credits include Pal Joey, Arcadia, On the Razzle and My One and Only at the Chichester Festival Theatre and Dolls in Sheffield, Anything Goes and South Pacific for Grange Park Opera and Hot Mikado at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury. Revel Horwood directed the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and staged Once Upon a Time – The Life of Hans Christian Andersen, a live concert in Copenhagen to mark the author's bicentenary. In December 2009, Revel Horwood played the part of the Queen in Snow White and the 7 Dwarves at Theatr Cymru in Llandudno, North Wales, a role he reprised in December 2010 at the Hawth in Crawley, at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford, alongside Ann Widdecombe in 2011.
In December 2012, he played the same role in the Swan Theatre in High Wycombe, again alongside Widdecombe. In late 2012, it was announced that he will be performing in Snow White at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, he is about to appear in Woking this Christmas. Revel Horwood has been a member of the judging panel on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing since its inception in 2004, he has a reputation for being the harshest of the Strictly Come Dancing judges and is the recipient of booing from the studio audience. He received criticism for his apparent bias towards Emma Bunton in the fourth series of the competition, he is known for stringently applying rules, as for example when marking down for an "illegal lift" in the Viennese Waltz if the lady's foot leaves the floor. Revel Horwood has become known and imitated for his locutions, which include exaggeratedly lengthened vowels, including: "It was a complete dahnce di-sah-ster, dahling" and "Chah-Chah-Chah"; these are available as ringtones through Revel Horwood's website, with profits going to the National Osteoporosis Society.
Another common utterance is "Three words: Fab-u-lous!", with the syllables of the word articulated as three separate words. Revel Horwood breaks up the syllables and throws the stress forward to the final syllable for "A-ma-zing!". To appreciate erotically-charged routines, Revel Horwood will declaim, "absolute filth," immediately followed by "...and I loved it!" Passing judgment on Kimberley Walsh in 2012, Revel Horwood said the dance was'indecent, absolute filth,' and added: ‘I loved it.’" Of Claire King's rhumba with Brendan Cole in 2006, Revel Horwood declared, "That was absolute filth. I loved it." He lauded Harry Judd's performance in 2011 with "'It had authority, command, control. It was filth and I loved it!' He was a judge on Dancing with the Stars in New Zealand, along with Brendan Cole. He was on the 2019'revival' series of Dancing with the Stars in Australia, along with Sharna Burgess and Tristan MacManus. Revel Horwood became a judge on Comic Relief Does Fame Academy in 2005, along with Lesley Garrett and Richard Park.
He and Garrett replaced vocal coaches David Carrie Grant on the panel. He returned as a judge for the third series of the Comic Relief edition in 2007; the show was cancelled by the BBC. Revel Horwood appeared in Episode 5 of Series 2 of Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends, during which Theroux investigates the trials and tribulations of struggling New York City actors. In May and June 2007, he appeared as a contestant on Celebrity MasterChef, reaching the final alongside Nadia Sawalha and Midge Ure. On 15 April 2010, Revel Horwood was the celebrity guest judge on Daily Cooks Challenge. On 13 August 2010, he appeared on Would I Lie to You?. During 2011, he guested on Ask Rhod Gilbert. In January 2012, he appeared on BBC TV series The Magicians. For the week beginning 3 September 2012, he appeared as a panellist on The Wright Stuff on Channel 5. On 22 October 2012, he appeared on ITV's Loose Women, he appeared on CBBC's television programme 12 Again in 2012, talking about his life when he was 12. On 22 February 2013, he appeared on Room 101.
Revel Horwood won the reworked version of the 2008 BBC series Maestro, called Maestro at the Opera. He competed against Marcus du Sautoy and Trevor Nelson. Appear
Sunrise (Australian TV program)
Sunrise is an Australian breakfast show program. It is broadcast on the Seven Network, is hosted by David Koch and Samantha Armytage; the program follows Seven Early News, runs from 5:30 am to 9:00 am. It is followed by The Morning Show; the history of Sunrise can be traced back to at least 17 January 1991 when 11AM news presenter Darren McDonald began presenting an early morning Seven News – Sunrise Edition bulletin prior to hostilities breaking out during the Gulf War. In 1996, Seven introduced a one-hour weekday bulletin called Sunrise News renamed Sunrise. Seven recruited Chris Bath from NBN Television to present the bulletin alongside Peter Ford. Ford was replaced by finance editor David Koch. In 1997, Chris Bath was replaced by Melissa Doyle. In 1998 Sunrise was presented by Nick McArdle. Seven launched a Sunday bulletin hosted by Stan Grant, entitled Sunday Sunrise, in 1997. Weekday Sunrise was cancelled in 1999, replaced by children's program The Big Breakfast. Seven maintained half-hourly news updates during The Big Breakfast and their Sunday bulletin was not affected by the axing.
Other temporary Sunrise hosts up until this time include Anne Fulwood, Leigh Hatcher and Nick McArdle. During the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Andrew Daddo and Johanna Griggs presented Olympic Sunrise from a leased apartment near Lavender Bay, New South Wales, in Sydney which provided the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House as waterside backdrops. On 1 May 2000, the program was replaced by a new version of Sunrise produced by Adam Boland, it was hosted by Melbourne sport reporter Mark Beretta. It was followed by music video program AMV. According to Boland's Brekky Central, in late 2001 producers had created a plan to take on Today on Channel Nine, the leader at breakfast, taking inspiration from Fox America's Fox and Friends. Set to debut in March 2002, the multimillion-dollar production would have its own dedicated studio and fronted by Australian Radio personality Andrew Daddo and Lisa Forrest; however a month before its launch, the network's board axed the idea and believed money could be better spent.
In 2002, Seven revamped their breakfast television schedule with Seven Early News at 6:00 am, hosted by Chris Reason, a new version of Sunrise from 6:30 am to 9:00 am, hosted by Reason and Melissa Doyle. Sunrise ran from 6:00 am to 9:00 am from February the same year. David Koch was brought in to present the finance reports. In October of that year, Reason discovered he had another cancerous tumour behind his kidney and had to resign from his position. Four years earlier he had undergone treatment for another growth. Koch was appointed temporary presenter, a position made permanent. Sunrise was yet again revamped in December 2002 soon after Koch's appointment, focusing less on hard news and became more family friendly; the show, along with its rival Today on Nine, have become more tabloid focused which has boosted ratings. In 2003, the show began to pick up ratings, appointed Natalie Barr to present the news updates, followed by the appointment of former Network Ten journalist Grant Denyer to present weather reports the re-appointment of Mark Beretta, brought in to present sports updates.
The new plan to take on Today, following the ratings rise, was some dramatic point of difference which included news updates every thirty minutes, big interviews, less formal presenting than a news bulletin, "the soapbox", ROS wall, natural chemistry but most a shift in viewers interest. "Kochie" and "Mel", as they became informally known, replied less on scripts but more on talking points. They would debate the issues of the day and the viewers would influence those topics. On 30 August 2004, Seven News Sydney and Seven Morning News moved from their studios in Epping to the new Seven News centre at Martin Place. On 29 January 2007 Sunrise had a complete makeover with changes to on-screen graphics. Due to continued viewer feedback, the Sunrise set changed again on 10 June 2007; this glass, similar to that on the new Boeing 787 allows for the transparency of the glass to be adjusted, ranging from clear, to transparent to opaque, showing as a solid blue. These changes have proved useful in shielding viewers from the actions of some passers by, cast members of the ABC show The Chaser's War on Everything.
The set was modified so The Morning Show's set could fit into the Martin Place current affairs studio. In October 2009, it was announced that at the start of 2010, Sunrise will receive a brand new set, format and logo on 25 January 2010. In April 2010, Sunrise added a feature show that shows a selection of highlights from the previous day's Sunrise. In 2011, there was much speculation that Melissa Doyle would be leaving the show to present Today Tonight and that David Koch may be moved to a prime-time position. However, Doyle continued with the show for her tenth consecutive year in 2012. On 29 February 2012, Sunrise celebrated its 10th anniversary with Koch. Doyle is the only original presenter remaining from the March 2002 launch. Koch started presenting Sunrise on a permanent bas
Sonia Melissa Kruger is an Australian television presenter and media personality, a prominent figure in the media for over 20 years. She is best known for co-hosting the popular Australian version of Dancing with the Stars and for the role of Tina Sparkle in the 1992 film Strictly Ballroom, she co-hosts Today Extra and hosts The Voice Australia. During her time at the Seven Network, Kruger reported for numerous other events, including the network's coverage of the Olympics, Melbourne Cup & Australian Open. Born in Toowoomba, she attended Beenleigh State High School, completing Year 12 in 1982. Kruger has completed an Arts Degree at the University of Technology and taught dance at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney. In 1992 Kruger came to prominence in her acting debut as "Tina Sparkle" in the AFI Award-Winning film Strictly Ballroom, she served as a ballroom adviser for the film. This remains. Following Kruger's film debut she hosted the Children's Variety Show Wonder World on the Nine Network.
Kruger has been an Entertainment Reporter for both Seven Network shows Today Tonight, Sunrise and 11AM. Kruger hosted the Morning Program on the Sydney-based radio station Mix 106.5 with Dancing with the Stars Judges Todd McKenney and Andy Grace. In 2004 Kruger joined the Seven Network reality dance competition television series Dancing with the Stars, the Australian version of the UK BBC television series Strictly Come Dancing, she co-hosted the series with both Daryl Somers and Daniel MacPherson over the course of the eleven seasons in which she appeared. In September 2008 Kruger was confirmed to host the Seven Network makeover reality show 10 Years Younger in 10 Days. Despite high ratings for its series premiere, Seven Network did not renew the series for a second season. In November 2011 Kruger announced she was leaving both Dancing with the Stars and Seven Network to pursue other opportunities. Kruger signed a development deal with the Nine Network in November 2011. Kruger was confirmed to host her own daytime talk show Mornings with singer/actor David Campbell.
The series was designed to replace Kerri-Anne. This new series premiered on 6 February 2012. Kruger was announced to host Nine Network's reboot of the competition reality television series Big Brother Australia. Kruger replaces Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O who hosted the series on Network Ten in its eighth season, cancelled in 2008. Big Brother Australia 9 premiered on 13 August 2012 to 1.6 million viewers, the franchise's highest ratings since the series' third season. On 22 February 2015, it was announced that Kruger would be joining the fourth series of The Voice Australia as a co-host with Darren McMullen. In November 2017, Kruger was announced as a co-host of Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight alongside David Campbell, she replaced Lisa Wilkinson. In August 2018, Kruger was announced as a presenter on the Nine network's new travel series Helloworld, which aired on 7 October 2018. Kruger was married for six years to a British-born banker. After the marriage ended in September 2008 she began seeing her current partner Craig McPherson, executive producer of Today Tonight.
She and McPherson had been trying through both IVF and natural methods. She became pregnant several times. In August 2014, she announced. In January 2015, Kruger gave birth to a daughter, Maggie. In 2008, during an episode of Dancing with Stars, Kruger made a comment about a "sweat shop of illegal immigrants" working on her wardrobe for the Melbourne Cup carnival before referring to the show's musical director Chong Lim, the show's Malaysian-born musical director with the words "How's the family, Chong? All right?" Channel 7 issued an apology for her statement. On 18 July 2016, during an appearance on the morning show Today Australia, Kruger called for a complete ban on Muslims entering Australia, in agreement with an opinion piece by commentator Andrew Bolt. Kruger defended her comments saying "I believe it's vital in a democratic society to be able to discuss these issues without being labelled racist." The firebombing of a Perth radio station linked by media reports to the presenters disagreeing with Kruger's views was determined by police to be "coincidental" and "nothing to do with the Islam discussion."A racial vilification complaint against Kruger was made to the Civil and Administrative Tribunal over her statement about Muslim immigration.
Nine Network applied to have the complaint dismissed without a hearing. The complaint was made by Sam Ekermawi; the tribunal heard that Ekermawi had been involved in thirty-two hearings before courts and tribunals. The matter would proceed for directions in June 2018. Sonia Kruger on IMDb