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The Sunday morning talk shows are influential television talk/public affairs programs broadcast on Sunday mornings. Often featuring national leaders in politics and public life as guests, this type of program originated in the United Statesmarker, and has since been used in Australia, Canadamarker and the United Kingdommarker.

United States

In the United States the five major programs, in order of their debuts, are:
Program Host Network Debut Replays
Meet the Press David Gregory NBC 1947 MSNBC, Westwood One, WCSP
Face the Nation Bob Schieffer CBS 1954 CBS Radio Network, WCSP
This Week George Stephanopoulos ABC 1981 POTUS, WCSP
Fox News Sunday Chris Wallace FOX 1996 Fox News Channel, Fox News Radio, POTUS, WCSP
State of the Union John King CNN 2009 WCSP


The fifth major show in the category, CNN's State of the Union with John King, replaced Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, which aired from 1993 to 2009 before cancellation. Late Edition's last show aired January 11, 2009, and was replaced the following Sunday by State of the Union.

While these are the "Big Five" that are universally included in the definition, there are some other shows that are occasionally included in this category. Examples include NBC's syndicated The Chris Matthews Show, Bloomberg Television's Political Capital with Al Hunt,, the PBS roundtables The McLaughlin Group and Inside Washington as well as Washington Week, C-SPAN's Newsmakers, Fox News Channel's Journal Editorial Report, and (until Tim Russert's 2008 death) MSNBC's Tim Russert Show, among several others. Univision's Al Punto is a talk show of this variety that is broadcast in the Spanish language.

The talk shows often feature national leaders in politics and public life, including 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 promient journalists and commentator. Members of prominent think tanks such as Brookings, AEI, Cato, Hoover, and Heritage also are often invited to appear on the Sunday morning talk shows.

The shows are generally aired live or recorded in Washington, D.C.marker, 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. Between Fox News Sunday's debut in 1996 and Late Edition's cancellation in 2009, several individuals appeared on all five programs on one 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.

C-SPAN Radio provides a commercial-free rebroadcast of all five shows in rapid succession, beginning at noon Eastern. Other radio stations rebroadcast some of the shows with commercials on Sunday afternoon.

Many local television stations also produce their own programs that air in this time frame, generally focusing on local or state politics rather than national issues.

Australia

Similar Sunday-morning current-events shows exist in Australia. These include Network Ten's Meet the Press since 1992, Nine Network's Sunday (1981-2008), and Insiders, a political interview program on the ABCmarker.

Canada

CTV's Question Period follows a format similar to the American Sunday morning talk show model, as did two defunct series, CTV's former Sunday Edition and Global's Global Sunday. Both of the defunct programs, however, aired in variable time slots in different markets, anywhere from late Sunday mornings to early Sunday evenings.

CBC's CBC News: Sunday, while airing in a comparable timeslot to a Sunday morning talk show, follows a newsmagazine format oriented toward features reporting.

United Kingdom

Similar practice occurs in the UK, in the form of shows such as The Andrew Marr Show (previously known as Sunday AM) on the BBC and Sunday Live with Adam Boulton on Sky News; however, these shows have a somewhat-broader range, often intervewing figures from the arts, popular entertainment, and sports in addition to political leaders (similar to CBS News Sunday Morning in the United States). The first such Sunday show in Britain was Weekend World, made by London Weekend Television for the ITV network from 1972 to 1988.

External links

  • http://blogs.abcnews.com/george/
  • http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek


References

  1. This Week traces its history to Issues and Answers, which debuted in 1960.
  2. 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.
  3. Reilly, Daniel W. Sunday morning tip sheet. The Politico.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 (still listed as a separate show even though it has been integrated into State of the Union). 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.
  6. Beall, Joshua (a.k.a. "Phssptok"). Weekend Talk Show Preview. Free Republic. Beall also lists two other Fox News programs, Fox News Watch and The Beltway Boys in this definition as "Saturday shows."



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