Today turns 30… and a bit

Starting Monday, the Nine Network‘s Today is having a special week of programs to celebrate its 30th anniversary:

Monday, September 17: the story of Today.
Tuesday, September 18: Today: “On The Road”.
Wednesday, September 19: Today: “The Big Stories”.
Thursday, September 20: Today: “Bloopers”
Friday, September 21:  Some of the former hosts live on the show, including Steve Liebmann, Sue Kellaway, Tracy Grimshaw, Monte Dwyer and Sarah Murdoch.

The timing of the celebration is actually a few months late… as Today began on Monday, 28 June 1982 with hosts Steve Liebmann and (former Good Morning Australia co-host) Sue Kellaway.

Today battled with Good Morning Australia for a decade before the latter was wound up and the title was redeployed to Bert Newton‘s morning talk show in 1993.

Today‘s dominance in the breakfast timeslot was then challenged by the Seven Network‘s Sunrise which continues to lead nationally, though Today has recently reclaimed the top position across the east coast capitals.  Since 2009, Today has expanded to a weekend edition hosted by Cameron Williams and Leila McKinnon.

Other hosts and presenters to have featured on Today over its 30 years include Patrice Newell, George Negus, Liz Hayes (pictured with Liebmann on the show’s tenth anniversary in 1992), Tracy Grimshaw, Joan McInnes, Eric Walters, Ian Ross, Brian Bury, Monte Dwyer, Sami Lukis, Sharyn Ghidella, Cameron Williams, Jessica Rowe and the current team of Karl Stefanovic, Lisa Wilkinson, Georgie Gardner, Ben Fordham, Richard Wilkins and Steven Jacobs.

Today‘s American namesake (seen here on the Seven Network overnight) celebrated its 60th anniversary earlier this year.

Today. Weekdays 5.30am, Nine/WIN/NBN.


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