Doyle’s switch a fam­ily af­fair

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SUN­RISE co-host David Koch says peo­ple shouldn’t go look­ing too hard to find rea­sons to ex­plain why his off­sider Mel Doyle jumped ship for an­other Chan­nel 7 show.

Nor, he says, was Doyle’s de­par­ture a sign Sun­rise needed a freshen up.

Af­ter more than a decade as Kochie’s co-host, Doyle is leav­ing the suc­cess­ful break­fast show for a new yetto-be-named nightly news show for the same net­work.

She will be re­placed by reg­u­lar fill-in and Week­end Sun­rise co-host Sam Army­tage. The changeover date has not been an­nounced.

Koch says Doyle’s new role will al­low her more time to be with her fam­ily.

‘‘I am an empty-nester, but Mel has been do­ing this for 13 years and has two kids and all of them have been born while she has been with the show,’’ he says.

Koch says none of the ru­mours – from the one that the co-hosts are not get­ting along, to the other ex­treme that they were hav­ing an af­fair – are true.

‘‘There were two univer­sity stud­ies on our body lan­guage and they were done with the sound down,’’ Koch says.

‘‘One of them said we were hav­ing an af­fair and the other said we de­spised each other.

‘‘We have never had a yelling ar­gu­ment with each other, in fact none of us (on the show) have.’’

Koch says Army­tage’s pro­mo­tion to the Sun­rise team is no sur­prise. The whole team, in­clud­ing him­self, Sun­rise news­reader Natalie Barr and sports­caster Mark Beretta ap­proved the ap­point­ment.

‘‘The man­age­ment at Seven have never im­posed any­one on us and we have al­ways cho­sen who joins the team,’’ Koch says.

‘‘Nat, Ber­rets and I had to all be com­fort­able with Sam and we were all unan­i­mous for her to join us.’’

– DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT

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Natalie Barr, David Koch and Sam Army­tage

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