‘I’M LEARN­ING TO OPEN UP’

Herald Sun - Switched On - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN VICK­ERY TV WRITER

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

goes through”

DEB­O­RAH KNIGHT ON

FAM­ILY LIFE

WEEK­END TO­DAY, CHAN­NEL 9, SATUR­DAY AND SUN­DAY, 7AM

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