Ten enters breakfast show territory and renovates The Renovators for a second series

Network Ten has confirmed industry rumours it will enter the breakfast battle with Seven and Nine with the launch of Breakfast, hosted by Andrew Rochford, confirmed for January.

The new show will run from 6am to 9am, likely to be followed by a one-hour news bulletin and then The Circle, set to return in 2012.

Rochford, who is a regular presenter on the 7PM Project and co-host of Mix 106.5’s breakfast show said: “Breakfast radio has taught me a great deal about how people want to start their day. They want the facts, but they want them in a light and entertaining way.”

He is the only talent to be confirmed for the show so far.

A Ten spokesman said Breakfast will have the same approach to news as the 7PM Project.

“While it won’t be like the 7PM Project in tone, it’s going to have the same approach the 7PM Project has to news, a very fresh take on it. Unlike anything else that you’ve seen on air in Australia.”

The network is also in talks with Shine Australia to rejig the current format of ratings disappointment The Renovators for the rest of 2011 and for the second series announced for next year.

Ten’s chief programming officer David Mott said: “So far the format has under-performed. But, it’s a brand we believe in so we are working directly with Shine to renovate The Renovators for 2011 and beyond.”

Responding to a question about challenges of signing sponsors for the second series, a spokesperson said: “You would have to expect that we’ve got some work to do”.

Ten also announced Junior Masterchef will return for its second season later this year.

Other shows announced include the revival of 70s talent show Young Talent Time which will be hosted by Rob Mills and co-produced by original creator, Johnny Young. A start date has not been confirmed.

Dramas to air next year include Underground – The Julian Assange Story, the TV-adaption of Puberty Blues and Reef Doctors starring and co-produced by Lisa McCune.

Other series announced to return in 2012 include: Masterchef, Can of Worms, Talkin’ Bout Your Generation, The Biggest Loser, Modern Family, Glee, Merlin, The 7PM Project, Law & Order, The Good Wife, NCIS, Bondi Rescue and Offspring.


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