The chaotic story behind Channel 10's botched breakfast show Wake Up

The chaotic story behind Channel 10's botched breakfast show Wake Up - as host James Mathison reveals the reason why the program was axed after just six months

By Mary Mrad For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 05:34 GMT, 6 November 2020 | Updated: 05:34 GMT, 6 November 2020

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Channel 10's last attempt at a breakfast program, Wake Up, was axed in 2014 after just six months on the air.

And on Thursday, the show's former host James Mathison revealed why it was 'the most disastrous thing I've ever been anywhere near'.

James, 42, told TV Tonight it was an uphill struggle to get talent to the studio at Queenscliff Surf Club at Manly Beach in the early hours.

Unsuccessful: The chaotic story behind Channel 10's botched breakfast show Wake Up - after the program was axed after just six months. Pictured: hosts James Mathison, Natarsha Belling, and Natasha Exelby

Unsuccessful: The chaotic story behind Channel 10's botched breakfast show Wake Up - after the program was axed after just six months. Pictured: hosts James Mathison, Natarsha Belling, and Natasha Exelby

'Getting out to Manly at peak hour… what we would do in the middle of winter, there's a book in that!' he said.

James, who presented Wake Up alongside Natarsha Belling, added: 'It was like the Frontline of breakfast TV, the sequence of events around that.'

Frontline was an ABC series that parodied current affairs shows like 60 Minutes and often poked fun at hapless hosts and

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