If you were watching the Today show in Brisbane this morning you could be forgiven for thinking it was all a little bit deja vu.
Brissy viewers got to see the second hour of the show twice, from 7-8am and then again from 8-9am.
The bizarre broadcast was the end result of the Daylight Saving time difference on a day when big news broke -the verdict for Michael Jackson’s former physician Conrad Murray.
Both Today and Sunrise ran their shows live into the Brisbane market this morning to take the news (it came at around 8:20 AEDT).
So as Today wrapped in Sydney at 9am, it left Nine in Brisbane with an hour to fill from 8am.
Nine Queensland chose to replay the final hour all over again -which would have been a time-warp back to the time before the verdict…..
Sunrise got around the issue by broadcasting until 10am in Sydney, wrapping at 9am in Brisbane. It also ran live in Adelaide. When The Morning Show ended at 10:30 in Brissy (instead of 11:30am), Seven squeezed in an hour of Dr. Oz.
Sunrise indicates it runs live into other markets only on days of big news (but not Perth).
This isn’t the first time these problems have arisen during Daylight Saving, and it was especially precarious during Queensland’s weather disasters earlier this year.
The battle between the two shows remains tight. Yesterday Today beat Sunrise nationally, but not in Brisbane.