The paper review on weekday editions of Sunrise are being scrapped from Monday 1 April, it seems.
Sad news 4 @SkyNews #skypapers
Being scrapped Mon-Fri from Monday April 1st
& since Tues this last week until then regulars R being replaced by "experts" on politics inside the Westminster bubble.
Thanks for all yr support/feedback
Been a blast & will miss u
The reviews will remain on the weekend editions, as will the evening Press Previews.
Brilliant news, in my opinion. Sunrise has been relying on this format for years and its doing them no favours.
Great to hear that they're using 'experts' for now, trying to elevate the level of conversation slightly above the insight from Liz Kershaw and Chris Akabusi.
I posted a few months back about shifting Sunrise into a real 'hard news' alternative against BBC Breakfast and GMB:
I think with Sunrise it might be worth going for a more politics/business focus, making it a more hard news alternative to Breakfast and GMB, who are usually busy interviewing zookeepers or discussing Love Island almost two months after the final.
Maybe ditch the 20 minute paper review and swap it with a Morning Joe-style news discussion, perhaps with Sky correspondents or political analysts. A dedicated business presenter providing bulletins throughout the show also might be an idea.
The studio is also terribly suited to the slot. The cold and clinical feel that the uninspired background gives is just dull more than anything. The show just feels like its broadcasting from a very poor local news studio. I know the studio space isn't huge but as we've seen today with the BBC's Westminster studio, it's more than possible to build a good set in a small studio. One design that comes to mind is NBC's 'Studio N5' in Washington.
Seen in use for Today, the desk is able to be lit in different colours, something similar could really add some colour to Sunrise which is needed at the moment. The wood effect on the desk also adds some character, unlike the clinical grey square we have at the minute. The glass box also features wood effect flooring so it wouldn't be terribly off-brand for Sky.
I've added some other pictures of the NBC set in the spoiler below