Breakfast under the stars
Despite a sluggish start, the BBC's new early morning show
could set the mould for breakfast TV news.
The Big Breakfast, launched on September 29 1992 at 7.00am,
captured the moment of sunrise, with the sun in the relationship
sign of Libra next to giant Jupiter. Its success has always
depended on charisma and sexual chemistry between presenters, and
its steamy Moon-Venus conjunction in Scorpio reflects those
infamous interviews in bed.
But the show is in ratings trouble, and the death of Paula
Yates, its first presenter, casts a shadow. An eclipse on its
Mars in July, plus revolutionary Uranus contacts, suggest a
transform-or-bust scenario. Johnny Vaughan (July 16 1966), a
Cancerian with a motor-mouth Leo Mercury, is wisely leaving at
the end of the year. He is following the promptings of his 12-
year Jupiter cycle, freeing him for bigger and better things.
Going back to the past with Denise Van Outen was precisely the
wrong way to do Uranus. Channel 4 may try another rejig of
presenters, but this is not enough. It needs a new format and
that must include a move out of the Big Breakfast house. If there
is no big change by the time of the Sun's square to Uranus in
July and August 2001, Big Breakfast will be out to lunch.
The BBC's new Breakfast show is news, not entertainment.
Launched October 2 2000 at 6.00am, it is another Libran, anchored
in a male-female duo. On first impressions, it looked a dodo.
There was a lack of synchronisation and Jeremy Bowen and Sophie
Raworth were faltering and stiff. But let's trust astrology. The
launch horoscope shows a big-picture Sagittarian Moon, placed
exactly on Saturn in the BBC's incorporation horoscope, and
playing to its strength as the nation's voice of authority. The
Moon also falls on the current Jupiter-Pluto axis, which is
shaking up the whole of media. The three-way split screen, with
continuous text updates, is more radical than it seems. The Moon
is joined with silent Pluto in the communication zone of the
horoscope, and viewers can get all the news they need, at a
glance, with the sound turned down. It's a slow starter and it
could be hammered by the critics, but given time and faith, it
will set the mould for breakfast TV news.