When it debuted in 1983, NBC News at Sunrise was the early morning counterpart to Nightly News. At the time it was an important program on NBC’s schedule. Many local stations did not air morning newscasts, so News at Sunrise was broadcast at 6:30 a.m., just before Today. Connie Chung was hired away from CBS to anchor. There was also a dedicated sports anchor and someone for the weather. As the show moved to earlier time slots, viewership would decrease drastically. These days, its replacement show is seen at 4:00 a.m. in many markets.