‘I’M LEARNING TO OPEN UP’
Deborah Knight is learning to share. After 15 years presenting straitlaced TV news, the 42year-old has blossomed as cohost of Weekend Today.
Last month, Knight replaced Leila McKinnon as Nine’s breakfast show’s co-host alongside Cameron Williams.
Weekend Today has allowed Knight to loosen up and show more of her personality.
Knight and husband Lindsay Dunbar have two children, Darcy, 6, and Elsa, 4 (right).
“I’m a mum and I’ve got my battles with child care and all the things that every mum and family goes through,” Knight says. “I went through IVF with my kids and I’ve been very open talking about that.
“You are in their homes when they are getting ready to start their day. It is an intimate relationship that you have with the viewers.”
Knight spent 11 years as a newsreader and reporter at Ten before joining Nine four years ago. She reports for Inside Story and presents the 11am and 4.30pm news bulletins, so the fun of Weekend Today is a tonic. “At the weekend, people are at home in more of a relaxed mode, so we try to reflect that,” Knight says. “As a straight news reader you have to have your guard up to some degree (but on Weekend Today) I like to embrace the ridiculousness of life. Because of the show, people know that I’m not a great singer. I’ve had to do a trapeze act, done the Tough Mudder challenge, and even dared to do ghosting — walk behind people randomly at a shopping centre without them knowing.
“The feedback from viewers is that it is great to see me out of my comfort zone and showing a bit more of my sense of fun.”
Knight says she and husband Lindsay have managed a plan to get the right work-life balance right despite her weekend work.
“I spend large chunks of the week with my kids and get to do the school drop-off and pickup. On weekends my husband picks up the ball and handles the kids in the morning.
“The only thing I miss out on is the Saturday morning soccer — which some would argue is a good thing.”
“I’m a mum and I’ve got my battles with
child care and all the things that every mum and family
DEBORAH KNIGHT ON
WEEKEND TODAY, CHANNEL 9, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, 7AM