Early Today is an American morning news program airing on the NBC television network. The program goes out live at 4:00 a.m. Eastern Time Zone for those few stations which start their local news at 4:30 a.m., and is transmitted in a continuous half-hour tape delay loop until 10:00 a.m. ET, when Today begins in the Pacific Time Zone. The program usually airs before local morning newscasts as a lead-in, or in the few markets where a local morning news broadcast is not produced, before the start of Today. The show is updated for any breaking news occurring before 7:00 a.m. ET, while stations throughout the network will join Today in all time zones past that time at their local discretion or network orders for live coverage. It premiered in 1999 as the replacement for NBC News at Sunrise.