Sunrise news presenter Natalie Barr had a shortened US trip with Sunrise after returning home to cover flood disaster for Seven.
After appearing in only the first of the show’s Mystery Tour stops in Waikiki, today she was in Rockhampton to cover emergencies on the ground, having to forgo other stops including San Francisco and Las Vegas.
The late change followed viewer feedback that breakfast TV shows were too focussed on weddings and US trips while disaster from Cyclone Debbie was still unfolding. Flooding in Rockhampton wasn’t forecast until Sunday night, by which time Sunrise was already on the ground in the US.
TV Tonight understands execs were quick to react to the negative feedback, prompting Barr’s return.
Meanwhile Today hosts were live from Strahan, Tasmania this morning but had reporter Jessica Millward in Rockhampton.
Yesterday when Today was at Burleigh Heads (291,000) it was beaten in the ratings by Sunrise in San Francisco (337,000). It will be on the Sunshine Coast on Friday.