A Sunday morning talk show is a television program with a news/talk/public affairs–hybrid format that is broadcast on Sunday mornings. This type of program originated in the United States, and has since been used in other countries.
These programs typically focus on current events that occurred during the previous week, with a main focus on political and sociopolitical topics (including discussions on public policy, national security, the economy and world events such as geopolitical and military conflicts). These programs often feature national leaders in politics and public life as guests to discuss the topics featured in that week's broadcast, in the form of one-on-one interviews with the program's moderator on a particular story as well as roundtable discussions in a multiple-topic debate format involving the moderator and a panel of (usually between four and six) guests. Depending on the country, some programs may also incorporate contribution reports from members of the network or television station's reporting staff on certain news stories featured in that week's edition. However, if breaking news occurs during the program, the regular format is often unseen or limited that week in order to provide rolling live news coverage.
Sunday morning talk shows by country
The "Big Five" English language shows
Since the establishment of the Fox News bureau in 1996, five major Sunday morning talk shows have been generally recognized in media coverage of the format:
|Meet the Press||Chuck Todd||NBC||1947||10:30 am ET||MSNBC, CNBC, WestwoodOne, C-SPAN Radio|
|Face the Nation||Margaret Brennan||CBS||1954||10:30 am ET||CBS Radio Network, CBSN, POTUS, C-SPAN Radio|
|This Week||George Stephanopoulos||ABC||1981||9 am ET||ABC News Radio, POTUS, C-SPAN Radio|
|Fox News Sunday||Chris Wallace||Fox||1996||9 am ET||Fox News Channel, Fox News Radio, C-SPAN Radio|
|State of the Union||Jake Tapper||CNN||2009||9 am ET||C-SPAN Radio|
Other American programs
While these are the "Big Five" that are universally included in the definition, not all of these programs air in every market, and there are some other shows that are occasionally included in this category. Two relatively recent Sunday morning talk shows broadcast in the Spanish language:
|Al Punto||Jorge Ramos||Univision||2007|
|Enfoque con Jose Díaz-Balart||Jose Diaz-Balart||Telemundo||2010|
Other English language examples include NBC's syndicated The Chris Matthews Show, Bloomberg Television's Political Capital with Al Hunt, the PBS roundtables The McLaughlin Group, and This Is America with Dennis Wholey as well as Washington Week and the now-defunct Inside Washington, C-SPAN's Newsmakers, TV One's Washington Watch, Sinclair Broadcast Group's Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson, Hearst Television's Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien, Gray Television's Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren, and (until Tim Russert's 2008 death) MSNBC's Tim Russert Show among several others.
In the United States, prominent guests appearing on these programs include U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, state governors, candidates for President and Vice President, Cabinet secretaries, White House officials, and directors of federal agencies. U.S. military leaders, ambassadors, and religious leaders also appear, as well as prominent journalists and commentators. Members of prominent think tanks such as Brookings, Center for American Progress, AEI, Cato, Hoover, and Heritage also are often invited to appear on the Sunday morning talk shows.
C-SPAN Radio provides a commercial-free rebroadcast of all five shows in rapid succession, beginning at 12 noon Eastern. Other radio stations rebroadcast some of the shows with commercials on Sunday afternoons.
Many local television stations (both commercial and non-commercial) also produce their own programs that air in this time frame, generally focusing on local or state politics rather than national issues, and may play off the title of the network shows, such as Hartford, Connecticut's WFSB-TV, a CBS affiliate which titles their weekly program dealing with state and local issues Face the State, a title also seen on KTVN in Reno/Carson City, Nevada and WHP-TV in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, all of which serve state capital cities.
The Full Ginsburg
The programs are generally aired live or pre-recorded, broadcasting from Washington, D.C., providing easy access to many political leaders. Many individuals appear via satellite or in studio for two or more of the programs on a given Sunday. Since Fox News Sunday's debut in 1996, several individuals have appeared on all five programs on the same day. William H. Ginsburg, attorney for Monica Lewinsky's family during the Lewinsky scandal, was the first to perform what would be named in his honor as the "Full Ginsburg." More common is an interviewee appearing on different shows in consecutive weeks; for instance, a Presidential candidate may appear on Meet the Press one week, This Week the next, and Fox News Sunday the week after that.
Currently, only two Sunday morning political programs exist in Australia. This includes Insiders on the ABC and the upcoming Speers on Sunday on Sky News Live. Former shows include Network Ten's Meet the Press (1992-2013), Nine Network's Sunday (1981–2008), Sky News Live's Sunday Agenda (2010-2017) and The Bolt Report (2011-2015). The latter became a nightly primetime show in 2016. The three free-to-air commercial broadcasters air general morning news programs Weekend Sunrise (Seven), Weekend Today (Nine) and Studio 10 (Ten) which include some political coverage.
ABC News 24
|9 am – 10 am (AEST/AEDT)||Barrie Cassidy||15 July 2001||still airing|
|Speers on Sunday||Sky News Live||8am AEST/AEDT||David Speers||January 2018||yet to debut|
|Sunday||Nine Network||7:30 am||Jim Waley (1981–2002)
Jana Wendt (2003–2006)
Ellen Fanning and Ross Greenwood (2006–2007)
Ellen Fanning and Ray Martin (2007–2008)
Ellen Fanning (2008)
|15 November 1981||3 August 2008|
|Meet the Press||Network Ten||8 am (1992-2011)
10:30 am (2011-2013)
|David Johnston (1992–1996)
Paul Bongiorno (1996–2012)
Deborah Knight (2000–2009)
Hugh Riminton (2010–2012)
Kathryn Robinson (2013)
|October 1992||November 2013|
|Sunday Agenda||Sky News Live||8:30 am – 9:30 am (AEST/AEDT)||David Speers (2010)
Peter van Onselen (2011-2017)
Kristina Keneally (2017)
|4 July 2010||24 December 2017|
|The Bolt Report||Network Ten||10 am||Andrew Bolt||8 May 2011||29 November 2015[nb 1]|
- Became a weeknight primetime program in 2016, moving to Sky News Live.
|Les Coulisses du pouvoir||Ici Radio-Canada Télé
|11 am||Daniel Lessard (-2011)
Emmanuelle Latraverse (2012-present)
|Question Period||CTV||11 am (Eastern Canada)
4 pm (Western Canada)
|Bruce Phillips (1968-1985)
Pamela Wallin (1985-1992)
Craig Oliver (1992-2012)
Edward Greenspon (2001-2002)
John Ibbitson (2002-2004)
Mike Duffy (2004-2005)
Jane Taber (2005-2011)
Kevin Newman (2011-2013)
Robert Fife (2013–2016)
Evan Solomon (2016–present)
|Sunday Edition||BBS → CTV||Mike Duffy||1988||1999|
|The Weekly with Wendy Mesley||CBC Television
CBC News Network
|The West Block||Global||10 am (Alberta, British Columbia)
11 am (Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Quebec)
12 noon (Atlantic Canada)
|Tom Clark (2011-2016)
Vassy Kapelos (2017-2018)
Mercedes Stephenson (2018–present)
Similar programming to Sunday morning talk shows are aired on other days in Canada, including:
- CBC Radio One airs a Saturday morning political talk show, The House, currently hosted by Chris Hall.
- CBC News Network airs the weekday daily political talk show Power & Politics, currently hosted by Vassy Kapelos.
- CTV News Channel airs the weekday daily political talk show Power Play, currently hosted by Don Martin.
Similar practice occurs in the UK, in the form of shows such as The Andrew Marr Show on the BBC and Sunday Live with Adam Boulton on Sky News. However, these shows have a somewhat-broader range, often interviewing figures from the arts, popular entertainment, and sports in addition to political leaders, similar in format to CBS News Sunday Morning in the United States. The first such Sunday show in Britain was Weekend World, which was produced by London Weekend Television for the ITV network from 1972 to 1988.
|The Andrew Marr Show||Andrew Marr||BBC One|
|Sunday Politics||Sarah Smith and regional presenters||BBC One||24 July 2018|
|Peston on Sunday||Robert Peston||ITV||27 May 2018|
|Sophy Ridge on Sunday||Sophy Ridge||Sky News|
There are several political Sunday morning talk shows in Japan, most are often broadcast live from studios in Tokyo (Nichiyō Tōron: Kioichō, Shin Hōdō 2001: Daiba, Sunday Frontline: Roppongi), Jiji Hōdan is usually prerecorded on Friday evening.
Nichiyō Tōron by public broadcaster NHK often features one politician from every party represented in the National Diet, in many cases the parties' Diet Affairs Council Chairmen. The latter was generally the case with Kokkai Tōronkai ("Diet forum"), one of several alternating NHK talk shows about political and economic issues sharing the same Sunday morning programming slot before they were replaced by Nichiyō Tōron in 1994. It had initially been a NHK radio talk show and was simultaneously broadcast on television starting in the 1950s.
|NHK||9 am – 10 am||Toshio Shimada, Yasuhiro Kashina||1947 (as Kokkai Tōronkai, radio)/1957 (on television)/1994 (unified a range of several similar shows)|||
("Current affairs talk")
|TBS||6 am – 6:45 am||Takashi Mikuriya, Kanae Takeuchi||1957–1992/2004|||
|Sunday Frontline||TV Asahi/ANN||10 am – 11:45 am||Etsuko Komiya||1987 (as Sunday Morning)/1989 (as Sunday Project)/2010|||
|Shin Hōdō 2001
("New 'Hōdō 2001'")
|Fuji TV||7:30 am – 8:55 am||Tetsuo Suda, Kei Yoshida||1992 (as Hōdō 2001, "Report 2001")/2008|||
- This Week traces its history to Issues and Answers, which debuted in 1960.
- Stelter, Brian (April 24, 2015). "Jake Tapper will anchor CNN's 'State of the Union'". CNN. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
- CNN's State of the Union (TV series), replaced Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, which aired from 1993 to 2009 before cancellation. Late Edition's last show aired January 11, 2009; State of the Union debuted the following Sunday.
- For example, Fox News Sunday is not aired Sunday mornings on KMPH-TV in the Fresno, California market, though it can be seen on Fox News Channel later in the day.
- Chris Matthews Tops Russert Replacement List. Newsmax.com. "Hardball" host Chris Matthews is the best-known internal candidate. He already has a Sunday talk show syndicated by NBC Universal that's very competitive with the networks, despite taping on Friday.
- Reilly, Daniel W. Sunday morning tip sheet. The Politico.
- McLaughlin takes heat for 'Oreo' comment. CNN. 14 July 2008. Longtime Washington talk-show host John McLaughlin is facing fire Monday for referring to Barack Obama as an "Oreo" during a segment on his Sunday political program, The McLaughlin Group.
- Informal discussion: "PBS Friday Night Talk Show Lineup Vs. Sunday Morning Talk Show Lineup"
- Sunday Show Preview. Mediabistro.com "FishbowlDC." FishbowlDC includes all the ones listed in Reilly's definition, plus CN8's Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham, and various other programs, including CNN's Reliable Sources, Fareed Zakaria GPS, Beyond the Politics with William Bennett and POTUS08's Post Politics Program used to be listed in this category but are no longer considered so.
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- "Wendy Mesley to host live CBC talk show on Sunday mornings". Toronto Star, July 27, 2017.
- "CTV's Question Period to face competition". Toronto Star, September 9, 2011.