“What you see is what you get. Some­times I share too much”

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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.”

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