Mel’s mo­ment

For Mel Doyle, host­ing Car­ols in the Do­main caps off an event­ful, ex­tra­or­di­nary 2013, as the pop­u­lar pre­sen­ter and jour­nal­ist ex­plains to Guy Davis.

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Mel Doyle is un­doubt­edly al­ready a bit of a hit with her three chil­dren but this Christ­mas sea­son has seen her ob­tain what she hap­pily refers to as “ma­jor cred with the kids” – af­ter all, who else would be able to brag that their mum is host­ing the much- loved Car­ols in the Do­main event?

“I’m very ex­cited but they’re even more ex­cited,” she laughed. “They’re even angling to come along to the re­hearsal the night be­fore.”

This year marks Doyle’s first time host­ing the event, and she’ll be shar­ing the stage with Seven jour­nal­ist ( and Car­ols in the Do­main vet­eran) Matt White.

“Given that the two of us can talk un­der wet ce­ment, I

IDoyle: ‘ To be able to stand up there and see ev­ery­one en­joy­ing Car­ols, to see that sea of can­dles ... is a lovely way to

cap off the year.’

fig­ure we should be okay up there,” she said.

“Matt is a de­light to work with and he knows the ropes so I can de­fer to him when it comes to any tricky parts. When I was asked if I’d like to host – which of course I jumped at – he told me it was the most fun, most mag­i­cal night, so I’m just look­ing for­ward to en­joy­ing it for what it is.

“To be able to stand up there and see ev­ery­one en­joy­ing Car­ols, to see that sea of can­dles from this dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive, is a lovely way to cap off the year, I think.”

The Car­ols gig caps off a very event­ful year for Doyle, one that saw her exit her long- stand­ing role on Seven’s break­fast pro­gram Sun­rise and take on a va­ri­ety of other tasks at the net­work and else­where.

Since then, she’s been pre­sent­ing news bul­letins in the stu­dio but also trav­el­ling to far- flung des­ti­na­tions in Aus­tralia and around the world, cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from nat­u­ral dis­as­ters to the inau­gu­ra­tion of the Amer­i­can pres­i­dent, the ap­point­ment of a new pope and the ar­rival of a royal baby.

“It’s been a change and change is good,” Doyle said of the past year.

“So I’ve been lucky. I’ve cov­ered some ex­tra­or­di­nary events, been to some ex­tra­or­di­nary places, and I love noth­ing more than shar­ing that with the au­di­ence. As a jour­nal­ist, it’s what I love and what I thrive on.

“And I think Car­ols in the Do­main, in its own way, is not very dif­fer­ent. There will be thou­sands of peo­ple there but there will be many more watch­ing it at home, and it’s my job to bring that to them, to share and con­vey the feel­ings and emo­tions and sen­sa­tions and ev­ery­thing

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