I think it is fair to say that I am of the very last generation of people in the UK who knew of a world before Breakfast TV. In fact I can vaguely remember there being just three TV channels, and programmes not starting till around 9AM, unless you happened to turn on to BBC 2 and catch some boring programme with the strange name of Open University.
Then Channel 4 arrived, swiftly followed by BBC Breakfast Time, and then TV AM
I can remember when Breakfast Time started, even at seven years old I dimly knew that a major change to British broadcasting was taking place, so I got up about half past six, swiftly washed and dressed, and had breakfast before dashing into the sitting room and watching a bit of BBC Breakfast before heading off for school. Thing is though, I can't remember a single thing about that first episode.
But I do remember the old sofa look and the original presenters; Nick Ross , Frank Bough , David Icke (I don't know if I am more shocked by his views or that he was once a respected anchorman), Francis Wilson, Selina Scott, and others. Later on at University and in the following years, one or two of my male friends and I enjoyed watching it if only because we liked Jeremy Bowen's blokey style and we adored Sophie Raworth.
And unlike TV AM and it's lack of bias ;), BBC Breakfast had, and has, class and style in abundance. It gives plenty of time to decent news coverage, treats it's entertainment news with respect, and it's audience as intelligent. I can't believe that some of us have spent 25 years with the programme, but we salute you.