IN­SIDE: Seven days of TV view­ing

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page - DEBBIE SCHIPP

MELISSA Doyle’s most pre­cious nine min­utes of sleep come just af­ter 3am. Her alarm sounds and she hits the snooze but­ton.

Just the once. Then it’s up and on her way to Chan­nel 7’ s stu­dios.

She’s been do­ing just that for 10 years – since the re­booted break­fast show be­came a rat­ings suc­cess story. And de­spite re­cent ru­mours she wanted to move to prime- time, ahead of her re- sign­ing with Seven for a ru­moured $ 700,000, Doyle ( pic­tured) says she’s stick­ing with Sun­rise and the snooze but­ton.

‘‘ I think ev­ery job, what­ever time your alarm goes off, whether it’s 3.15am or 6.15am, you go ’ damn, this is early’,’’ Doyle says.

‘‘ I set the alarm 10 min­utes ear­lier be­cause my snooze but­ton is nine min­utes.

‘‘ I don’t know why, but when I go back to sleep that nine min­utes is the most glo­ri­ous, be­cause it’s like ’ aww’, it’s like snatched bonus sleep.’’

Doyle says she has no plans to leave the Sun­rise couch ‘‘ for the fore­see­able fu­ture’’. ‘‘ The fact that ev­ery day I still re­ally look for­ward to com­ing to work is per­son­ally a good in­di­ca­tion that I’m in the right job so far,’’ she says. ‘‘ I’m still lov­ing it. I love be­ing a jour­nal­ist. I love that ev­ery day is so dif­fer­ent.’’

She’s philo­soph­i­cal about the ru­mours she wants to move.

‘‘ The only thing that up­sets me about it is I have view­ers com­ing up and say­ing, ’ We’re go­ing to miss you next year’.

‘‘ I don’t know how all that hap­pened. ‘‘ Yes, I did a Sun­day Night story and I en­joyed do­ing it, but I’m with Sun­rise for the fore­see­able fu­ture.’’ It’s been a chal­leng­ing year for Sun­rise as ri­val Chan­nel 9 show To­day has nar­rowed the gap. Sun­rise no longer en­joys the dom­i­nance it once had over its op­po­si­tion and with Chan­nel 10 set to launch a chal­lenger Break­fast, early next year, the bat­tle for morn­ing view­ers is set to move up an­other notch.

Doyle is not one to trash the op­po­si­tion but says she rel­ishes the prospect of com­pe­ti­tion. ‘‘ It keeps Sun­rise sharp,’’ she says. ‘‘ I don’t want peo­ple to watch us by de­fault. Ev­ery­one lifts their game with com­pe­ti­tion.’’

As 2011 winds down, Doyle ad­mits she is look­ing for­ward to some down­time at Christ­mas af­ter a year which has seen her cover flood, famine, the royal wed­ding and plenty in be­tween.

Doyle was in New York for the 10th an­niver­sary of the Septem­ber 11 ter­ror­ist at­tacks and also trav­elled to Africa with World Vi­sion, meet­ing her spon­sored child in Ethiopia be­fore head­ing to Dadaab and a heart- wrench­ing time at the refugee camps.

All the ex­pe­ri­ences made Doyle count her bless­ings and re­minded her why she loves her work.

‘‘ What I like most about be­ing a jour­nal­ist is be­ing able to show peo­ple what is ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing,’’ she says.

‘‘ You know, you come home and you just think ’ we’ve got it so good’.’’

Doyle was re­minded of the im­me­di­acy, in­ti­macy and ef­fec­tive­ness of break­fast tele­vi­sion dur­ing the floods cov­er­age.

‘‘ In Bris­bane, to put out the call for help, to say ’ I’m stand­ing in this street, in this sub­urb and these guys need XYZ and please come down and help’ and see peo­ple re­spond . . . that’s fab­u­lous to be a part of,’’ she grins.

Sun­rise, South­ern Cross, week­days, 6am

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