Doyle’s switch a family affair
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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