A day in the life of Lisa Millar…

A day in the life of Lisa Millar…

ABC’s Lisa Millar starts a typical day at 3am in order to be on air at News Breakfast by 6am.

But it begins by devouring the news that has transpired during her sleeping hours.

“I go straight to the newspapers, and immediately open up 7 of them to get a sense of what’s happened,” she tells TV Tonight.

“So it’ll be the New York Times, the BBC, Guardian, The Age and Herald Sun, and I just consume all of that for 30 minutes. I get into work and I have longer in hair and makeup then the morning is just prepping.”

News Breakfast keeps her on air to 9am before she turns to the rest of her day.

“I have some other projects going on at the moment but if I had no other projects, apart from News Breakfast, I’d try to have a tennis lesson, which I do every Monday. I try to add some exercise in every day, whether it’s Pilates class, or a jog or a walk along the beach.

“You’re keeping an eye on stuff through the day. If Parliament is sitting, I’ll often keep an eye on Question Time, just to get a sense of the tone of it, even if I’m not necessarily focusing on every word.”

With such unusual hours, Millar will sometimes grab a mid arvo nap. Solid sleep is a challenge for one who is working shift hours.

“I feel like I have never actually quite nailed it. Michael (Rowland) sleeps super well, I do not. He can go to bed straight away. I know all this because we talk about it so often, that he puts his head down on pillow, bang!” she explains.

“I feel like my whole sleep pattern was just not smooth anyway, because of the years overseas where you get woken in the middle of the night. So I was coming off never having known what a good night’s sleep was anyway.”

But at least News Breakfast has locked down hours, unlike when she was a foreign correspondent, on call whenever news broke.

“Overseas, you knew that you might end up having to be on air at any given time. Whereas with this program, unless it was like the Queen dying, you are not going to be on until the next morning. You might be on an hour earlier, or two hours earlier, depending on the scale of the story. But it’s not like at midday, you’re suddenly going to get called come back into the studio.”

She adds, “I re-engage at about 4:30 or 5pm, fully until 8, and then I try to go to bed.”

News Breakfast 6-9am weekdays on ABC / ABC News.