Natalie Barr on Sunrise’s shock move to new ‘Brekky Central’ in Eveleigh South from Martin Place in Sydney CBD
Australia’s favourite breakfast program has ushered in a new era after 19 years of presenting at the iconic Martin Place in Sydney.
On Monday, Sunrise aired its first episode from its new studio in South Eveleigh, bringing the Seven Network’s premier morning news program under the same roof as 7NEWS, 7NEWS Spotlight, The Latest and 7NEWS.com.au.
Speaking exclusively to PerthNow, Sunrise host Nat Barr said the move had been “coming for a long time”.
“There was a bit of a sad feeling when we suddenly turned the lights off at Martin Place, none of us could sleep, and we were all anxious about our first day — it was like the first day at school,” Barr said.
“But that anxiety turned to excitement. Everything was new and fresh at Eveleigh, and our teams spent three weeks working on facilitating the transition.”
The West Aussie sensation, who began her prolific media career at GWN in Kalgoorlie, said the move marked the beginning of a new era and paid homage to the old workspace.
“Martin Place was iconic … having the ‘window to the world’ was special, but it was a case of ‘been there, done that’,” Barr said.
“It’s time for us to try something new, and the new studio facilitates that. It’s going to be amazing.”
Having relocated from their old studios in Sydney’s CBD, the arrival of the Sunrise, Weekend Sunrise and The Morning Show crews means that for the first time in more than 40 years, all of Seven Sydney’s staff are under one roof.
The new Eveleigh South facility — a 15-minute drive from Martin Place — is five times the size of the old studio, covering two expansive floors at Seven’s head office.
Seven West Media managing director and chief executive James Warburton said: “After many years broadcasting from Martin Place — and 19 years as the No. 1 breakfast TV show across Australia — the time was right to build a new home for Sunrise and the rest of our market-leading Sydney news and public affairs programs.
“They might be in a new studio, but Nat, Matt and the rest of the team will continue to bring all of Australia the best, brightest and most informed breakfast TV program in the country. It’s great to have them all in South Eveleigh.”
Seven Network director of news and public affairs Craig McPherson added: “Today makes a landmark day for Seven’s news and public affairs division.
“For many years, we’ve been physically once removed from the rest of the network. Together alone. Not anymore. Sunrise and The Morning Show teams are now nestled alongside their 7NEWS colleagues and surrounded by the rest of the network.”
Seven Network director of morning television Sarah Stinson said: “Brekky Central has been an iconic part of Australian TV for two decades, but the time has come to move to a new home.
“South Eveleigh allows us to bring world-class technology to breakfast television to enhance the experience for our much-loved viewers.
“From today, viewers will see a brighter and fresher look, but the heart of our shows will never change. Our teams will continue to bring the best coverage of news, sport, weather, entertainment, and so much more — and we’ll continue to laugh only Sunrise and The Morning Show can.”
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