For close to a decade, people all across Australia have tuned in to watch Michael Rowland and Virginia Trioli deliver the daily news on ABC’s popular News Breakfast program.
While many Aussies roll out of bed and sit in front of the TV with their morning coffee and breakfast, both hosts and a busy production team have been working for hours before they go to air at 6am Monday to Friday. Now, in a special and hilarious video, the popular duo has revealed just what goes into putting together their popular show each day and just how early they get up to do their jobs every day.
Trioli’s alarm goes off at 2:30am each morning before she stumbles down her hallway and steps on a “wretched piece of Lego” left by her child. It’s a later start for Rowland, whose alarm goes off at 2:45am, although he admits to hitting snooze at least once before heading into his kitchen for the first of dozens of coffees.
“I find first thing in the morning instant works, straight to the brain,” he jokes, alongside footage of himself draining a cup in his pyjamas with bed hair.
Trioli is greeted by Louie the cab driver, who has been driving her to work for the 10 years she’s been a host on News Breakfast.
“He’s fabulous,” she says. “He’s one of the longest relationships of my life now.”
Despite being the face behind the news, Virginia reveals she doesn’t listen to news on her drive to work, instead opting for music. Rowland drives himself to work and knowing he’ll be on air for over three hours, indulges in some karaoke for the commute, belting out a few Jimmy Barnes classics.
Before quickly chatting to the production team, who work throughout the night delivering stories, it’s off to hair and make-up for the dynamic duo.
“It takes a village to look somewhat human at that hour of the morning,” Trioli says. “I’m in there for about 45-50 minutes.”
It’s a little shorter for her co-star, who spends no more than 15 minutes in make-up before deciding what suit to wear. As he explains, viewers are particularly fond of a blue suit in his closet and he’s “all about giving the audience what they want”.
It’s then to the newsroom where the pair plan their day by preparing for interviews, checking in with each other and tossing around how the episode will unfold. The pair are then rushed into the studio where they briefly rehearse the opening. There’s also more coffee before they partake in a quirky tradition before going live.
“We sort of developed a little bit of a, I guess it’s a little bit of a superstition now, of a bit of a fist pump to start the morning,” Trioli admits. “And we don’t go to air without that.”
Fans have praised both stars for their dedication and their good humour throughout the entertaining clip.
One person on Twitter wrote: “Delightful. Such commitment and care.”
Another said: “Well don’t @BreakfastNews excellence in real people being real people.”
A third message on Facebook read: “Great to see the behind the scenes, always wondered how it looked to have to get up so early.”
It comes after Rowland spoke Starts at 60 and admitted he doesn’t socialise with his co-star off air as they’re such different people – but insisted that’s what makes their on-air relationship work so well.