“What you see is what you get. Sometimes I share too much”
defend players who want to trade clubs or change jobs in sport,” he later clarified on Twitter. “You can’t keep them... it’s a free world. There’s no slavery any more. People have rights. I admit it was clumsily put this morning when talking about Bolt shifting clubs so early and I should have explained it better.”
But for the most part he is unapologetic when it comes to those who take umbrage at what he says in the course of several hours of live TV every week. “What you see is what you get. Sometimes I share too much about Lib and the kids,” he admits, adding that he has regularly come off air to see an angry message from his wife. “That’s what I love about text messages,” says Libby. “I get it off my chest straight away.”
Yet this time last year, the popular host considered quitting. “I thought this would be our [my] last year doing Sunrise. I was wondering whether it was time for
a change but Seven disagreed, so it was good. I’ve got another two years,” he says. Eventually, he negotiated a four-day work week to sweeten the deal.
When it does come to an end, he’s not sure what his next move would entail, but is resolute about one thing: he’ll never stop working. eing able to appreciate the good times is not just something that the Koch family recommends, it’s been a necessary factor in making it through four decades of marriage, a milestone they’ll be celebrating come January with an anniversary trip to Dubai.
After marrying in their early 20s in 1979, David and Libby welcomed their first child, Samantha, when they were 24 and 23, respectively. It was before they had established their careers and coincidentally just before the staff at The Australian newspaper, where David was a cadet journalist,went on a six-week strike due to the introduction of computers. “So that was a bit tense,” says Libby.
“Certainly having kids so young – and I ended up starting our own little business – it puts a lot of strain on your relationship, but it made it stronger, a lot closer and the kids have grown up closer,” adds David. “It was a workthrough,” explains Libby. “But because you work through it, with the next thing that comes along that’s a struggle you think, ‘ Well, OK, I handled the last thing, I can do this.’”
They admit arguing, and loudly, is a regular part of their relationship, but believe airing their differences and moving on has been key to keeping them together. They don’t adhere to the advice of never going to bed angry, but try to retain a healthy sense of perspective.
“We always take it back to why we started doing this. This gig started because we wanted to be together and we wanted a family, so we remind ourselves of that. We’re both Pisceans, and like the Piscean sign we are two fish that go in opposite directions,” says David. “But sometimes,” Libby adds, “we swim together.”