Sunday morning talk show

United States
Sunday morning talk shows
ABC This Week with George Stephanopoulos
CBS Face the Nation
Fox Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace
PBS The McLaughlin Group
NBC Meet the Press with Chuck Todd
Uni Al Punto
CNN State of the Union with Jake Tapper
Multiple Appearances
The Full Ginsburg

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.


  • Overview 1
  • Sunday morning talk shows by country 2
    • United States 2.1
      • The "Big Five" English language shows 2.1.1
      • Other American programs 2.1.2
      • The Full Ginsburg 2.1.3
    • Australia 2.2
    • Canada 2.3
    • United Kingdom 2.4
    • Japan 2.5
  • References 3


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 geopoliticial 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.

Sunday morning talk shows by country

United States

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:

Program Host Network Debut Replays
Meet the Press Chuck Todd NBC 1947 MSNBC, CNBC, WestwoodOne, WCSP-FM
Face the Nation John Dickerson[1] CBS 1954 CBS Radio Network, WCSP-FM
This Week George Stephanopoulos ABC 1981[2] ABC News Radio, POTUS, WCSP-FM
Fox News Sunday Chris Wallace Fox 1996 Fox News Channel, Fox News Radio, POTUS, WCSP-FM
State of the Union Jake Tapper[3] CNN 2009[4] WCSP-FM

Other American programs

While these are the "Big Five" that are universally included in the definition, not all of these program air in every market,[5] 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:

Program Host Network Debut
Al Punto Jorge Ramos Univision 2007
Enfoque Jose Diaz-Balart Telemundo 2012

Other English language examples include NBC's syndicated The Chris Matthews Show,[6] Bloomberg Television's Political Capital with Al Hunt,[7] the PBS roundtables The McLaughlin Group,[8][9] and This Is America with Dennis Wholey as well as Washington Week and the now-defunct Inside Washington,[10] C-SPAN's Newsmakers,[7] TV One's Washington Watch,[11] Fox News Channel's Journal Editorial Report,[12] Sinclair Broadcast Group's Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson,[13] and (until Tim Russert's 2008 death) MSNBC's Tim Russert Show,[12] 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 12:00 p.m. 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.

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.


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), Insiders, a political interview program on the ABC. and since 2011 The Bolt Report hosted by conservative commentator, Andrew Bolt.

Program Network Airs Hosts Debut Website
Insiders ABC1 9 am Barrie Cassidy 15 July 2001 [1]
Sunday Nine Network 7.30 am Jim Waley (November 1981 – December 2002)
Jana Wendt (February 2003 – September 2006)
Ellen Fanning and Ross Greenwood (September 2006 – November 2007)
Ellen Fanning and Ray Martin (November 2007 – February 2008)
Ellen Fanning (February – August 2008) (last host ever)
15 November 1981 - 3 August 2008
Meet the Press Network Ten 8.00 am (1992-2011)
10.30 am (2011-present)
David Johnston (1992–1996)
Paul Bongiorno (1996–)
Deborah Knight (2000–2009)
Hugh Riminton (2010–)
October 1992 [2]
The Bolt Report 10 am Andrew Bolt 8 May 2011 [3]


Program Network Airs Hosts Debut
Question Period CTV 11 a.m. (Eastern Canada)
4 p.m. (Western Canada)
Robert Fife 1967
The West Block Global 10 a.m. (Alberta, British Columbia)
11 a.m. (Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Quebec)
12 p.m. (Atlantic Canada)
Tom Clark 2011[14]
Les Coulisses du pouvoir Ici Radio-Canada Télé 11 a.m. Emmanuelle Latraverse
Sunday Edition BBSCTV Mike Duffy 1988-1999

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 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.

Programme Host Network
The Andrew Marr Show Andrew Marr BBC One
Sunday Politics' Andrew Neil and regional presenters BBC One
Something For The Weekend Louise Redknapp and Tim Lovejoy BBC Two


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.

Program Network Airs Hosts Debut Website
Nichiyō Tōron
("Sunday debate")
NHK 9:00–10:00 Toshio Shimada, Yasuhiro Kashina 1947 (as Kokkai Tōronkai, radio)/1957 (on television)/1994 (unified a range of several similar shows) [4]
Jiji Hōdan
("Current affairs talk")
TBS 6:00–6:45 Takashi Mikuriya, Kanae Takeuchi 1957–1992/2004 [5]
Sunday Frontline TV Asahi/ANN 10:00–11:45 Etsuko Komiya 1987 (as Sunday Morning)/1989 (as Sunday Project)/2010 [6]
Shin Hōdō 2001
("New 'Hōdō 2001'")
Fuji TV 7:30–8:55 Tetsuo Suda, Kei Yoshida 1992 (as Hōdō 2001, "Report 2001")/2008 [7]


  1. ^ "CBS taps John Dickerson to succeed Bob Schieffer as 'Face the Nation' host". CNN Money. April 12, 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-12. 
  2. ^ This Week traces its history to Issues and Answers, which debuted in 1960.
  3. ^ Stelter, Brian (April 24, 2015). "'"Jake Tapper will anchor CNN's 'State of the Union. CNN. Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Chris Matthews Tops Russert Replacement List. "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.
  7. ^ a b Reilly, Daniel W. Sunday morning tip sheet. The Politico.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Informal discussion: "PBS Friday Night Talk Show Lineup Vs. Sunday Morning Talk Show Lineup"
  10. ^ Sunday Show Preview. "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.
  11. ^ Munsil, Leigh. "Sunday talk show tip sheet." The Politico.
  12. ^ a b 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."
  13. ^ Donnelly, Madaline (October 1, 2015). Full MeasureSharyl Attkisson takes on Sunday shows with . The Daily Signal. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  14. ^ "CTV’s Question Period to face competition". Toronto Star, September 9, 2011.