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