Double fault the job’s only drawback
ANY reckoning, Matthew White had a big 2009. One minute he was doing the foxtrot on Dancing with the Stars, the next he was in front of the camera for Channel 7’s coverage of the V8 Supercars. Not to mention his top-rating efforts as host of Today Tonight.
After a holiday by the beach with his wife, Amanda, and their daughters Taila, 7, and Mason, 4, White (left) is back on the box presenting Australian Open tennis.
The only problem is, being on television has its drawbacks. The 39-year-old missed his youngest daughter’s first day of school. You did Dancing with the Stars, Australian Open tennis Channel 7, primetime coverage from 7pm presented the motorsport coverage and celebrated your first year as Today Tonight host in September. What sacrifices have come with so much work? I’m starting the year with a bang by commentating at the tennis and the only downside is I’ll miss my youngest daughter’s first day of school, because it will be right in the middle of the tournament. I’m also going to miss a game of cricket we have each Australia Day that has been going on for more than 10 years now with schoolmates. How would you describe your first year presenting Today Tonight? I’m feeling really good, actually. It’s probably been the busiest year I’ve ever had, and that’s been the way for me for the past three years. Every year has been busier than the year before. Dancing soaked up a good three or four months. Are you still in tip-top shape after Dancing with the Stars? The weight falls off and just keeps falling off with dancing, so probably one of the biggest things that happened is that the poor wardrobe girls had to re-size all my suits. What do you enjoy most about presenting the tennis? That was part of the deal with TT (Today Tonight), that all the sport stuff stays. Amanda looked at me like, ‘‘You’re a fool, what are you doing?’’ (laughs), but I love doing the sports stuff. The tennis is a great way to start the year, not only the fact that it’s an awesome event, but it’s a great way to start from a job point of view because it’s quite intense. You can’t ease your way back into it, you are straight back into it. And it’s a big event, a bloody big way to start the year, and that’s what I love. Will there be any changes to Today Tonight this year? The format will pretty much stay the same, but it’s a constant tweak and there will probably be a few tweaks to the set, though nothing dramatic.