Sunny skies ahead

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Guide - ERIN McWHIRTER

WITH her sunny dis­po­si­tion, it’s a won­der it has taken Fifi Box so long to be cho­sen as Sun­rise’s weather pre­sen­ter.

When Grant Denyer left the Chan­nel 7 break­fast pro­gram in 2006, Box had the role in her sights but had to ride out her ra­dio con­tract with TripleMSyd­ney’s The She­bang.

The blonde won fans on Danc­ing with the Stars and guest spots on Thank God You’re Here and Out of the Ques­tion and thought she had more to of­fer.

Just as the 31-year-old was re­assess­ing her pro­fes­sional di­rec­tion, the phone rang. Sun­rise’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Adam Boland had an of­fer she couldn’t refuse.

‘‘I will never for­get that Sun­day af­ter­noon last July,’’ Box says. ‘‘I had just got back from hol­i­days and it was the first time I had sat down and gone ‘I need to start mak­ing de­ci­sions about my fu­ture’.

‘‘When he said would I be in­ter­ested in the role it was like ‘Yes, yes, yes!’ I didn’t think twice, I didn’t have to sleep on it.’’

Box is happy 2008 is over, a year filled with slid­ing ra­dio rat­ings and a sour work­ing en­vi­ron­ment. In May a for­mer TripleMstaffer re­vealed Box’s on-air part­ner of six years Marty Shear­gold was mak­ing the chirpy pre­sen­ter’s life hell.

‘‘The im­por­tant thing for me is to re­mem­ber the great times, re­mem­ber the fun times and move on from there.’’

Sun­rise is un­der pres­sure from Chan­nel 9’s To­day show, which gained 40,000 more view­ers last year. Sun­rise has held the No.1 break­fast slot for five years

Box will start her weather stint on Jan­uary 19, be­fore rat­ings be­gin on Fe­bru­ary 8.



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