Natalie Barr reveals the secrets behind Sunrise

Natasha Lee

She’s the face most Australians turn to for their morning news.

Now, Natalie Barr has lifted the lid on what really goes on behind the scenes at Sunrise!

The stunning brunette, who recently sat down for a chat with Be, revealed that all those on-air ‘fights’ are totally and completely real.

In fact, the team - which consists of Natalie, David ‘Kochie’ Koch, Samantha Armyatge, Mark Beretta and Edwina Bartholomew - are ‘encouraged’ to ruffle each other’s feathers.

“We always argue and we’re encouraged to argue,” the journalist told Be.

“People are surprised when I say ‘yeah we argue’ are there any workplaces where there are no arguments? Are there any offices in the city where there are no arguments? I’ve never worked in one.

“Are there any families where everyone just sits and agrees around dinner? I think how boring it would be and we all sat there and said ‘Yes, we all agree’ on every issue,” she said.

Much has been made of the show’s hosts on-air squabbles with some even speculating the bickering could spell trouble in paradise. But that’s not the case.

"We don’t have time to form our opinions and sit down and discuss them and perfect them before we go on air,” she said.

“I’m in at the office every morning at 3:30am and then we research and then we read the papers, read online, go into make-up and then we’re on at 5:30am.

“Everyone’s doing their bits and then we’re suddenly on air together and then we’re discussing issues of the day. I don’t actually know what Sam or Kochie or Beretts or Eddy thinks about every issue,” she added.

The newsreader also revealed that at times she’s been taken aback by some of the views her fellow female colleagues - Sam and Eddy - will have on certain topics.

“Sometimes we will discuss things in makeup and I will think ‘really? Do you really hink that?’ And vice-versa. I don’t know what they think so we will argue on air - we absolutely argue. It’s so normal,” she said.

The mother-of-two has also begun a crusade to get Australians to chuck out all their old medicine - but to do it in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

“We need to get every Australian family to go through their cupboards and look and see if any of their medications are out of date. If it is, even by a little bit, you need to get rid of it,” she warned.

“But here’s the problem - people are flushing their old medications down the toilet or just chucking them out in the bin and that’s hurting the environment. So, what we’re asking people to do is go to your chemist and give your old medications to them because they’ve got big bins that they can put all that stuff in and dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way.”

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