They will broadcast weekdays from Queenscliff Surf Club at Manly Beach with Nuala Hafner reading News from a Melbourne CBD glass-studio location, which is yet to be announced.
As yet there is no launch date for the new TEN venture and broadcast times are yet to be confirmed but Boland indicated block programming from “about 5 in the morning until midday.”
The new line-up was presented at a Press Conference earlier today at the Sebel in Sydney ahead of TEN’s Winter Party event tonight. No announcements were made for the untitled morning show programme featuring Ita Buttrose and Joe Hildebrand. More presenters are yet to be announced.
“If you picture Sunrise and Today as AM Radio, how do you do an FM Version on TV? That was the starting point but it has evolved somewhat since then,” he said.
“Essentially you’re looking at the same show across both channels.
“From our point of view we wanted to be intentionally different.
“There’s something about a beach that just puts you in the right frame of mind.
“From the moment we walked in we knew we had the right place. You get these extraordinary panoramic views down the headlands, and think about, at that time of morning you have your fitness freaks, yoga classes, surfers who will be catching waves. So that becomes our live set every single morning.”
Boland says his team of three females and one male was based not on gender but their chemistry.
“Chemistry is everything in breakfast television. You only have to look at the last Breakfast show to work that out,” he said.
“We were really open-minded. We tried a variety of combinations: high-profile people, low-profile people, people from other networks, people from our own network, people from interstate.
“By the end of the first week it was pretty clear we were not going to be a double-header, a typical male / female show.
“We stumbled across something that was genuinely special.”
Boland says of Natarsha Belling and Natasha Exelby “One is married, one is single, one is a little bit conservative, the other is not. Together to me they are dynamite and they are mates.”
Wake Up is promising to have a looser feel than other breakfast shows, booking fewer guests, having concerts at Manly and drawing upon social media through its 4 social media producers. The show has entered into “strategic partnerships with Twitter.”
TEN’s Head of News and Current Affairs Anthony Flannery adds, “Australia will find Wake Up fun, informative and different. We hope viewers will let us become party of their mornings, and enjoy the show as much as we will enjoy making it.”
Both Wake Up and the unannounced morning show will launch together this year.