SEVEN S TARS ALIGN ON LA AS­SIGN­MENT

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

SHE is the Seven Net­work’s fastest ris­ing fe­male news star.

And just weeks af­ter be­ing pro­moted to the plum role as Seven’s US bureau chief, stat­uesque re­porter Ash­lee Mul­lany is be­ing linked to one of the net­work’s fastest ris­ing male stars, Sun­day Night re­porter Matt Do­ran.

Do­ran, say in­sid­ers, is tipped for big­ger things at the net­work and is one of the con­tenders tipped to re­place Sun­rise host David Koch when Koch’s con­tract lapses at the end of 2019.

He filled in for Koch on Sun­rise in Au­gust 2017.

The rugged self-starter has been sin­gle since split­ting from for­mer MasterChef fi­nal­ist and Ev­ery­day Gourmet host Jus­tine Schofield last year.

In March the one-time Mel­bourne crime re­porter was tapped to join Seven’s flag­ship news and pub­lic af­fairs show Sun­day Night along­side Steve Pen­nells, Den­ham Hitch­cock, Alex Cullen and An­gela Cox af­ter spend­ing two years based in the US, an­chor­ing the syn­di­cated crime news pro­gram Crime Watch Daily.

A source for Mul­lany yes­ter­day de­nied the ru­mours of a love match, how­ever net­work in­sid­ers main­tain the ro­mance is on be­tween the two Los An­ge­les-based col­leagues.

The US bureau chief po­si­tion is a cov­eted role at Seven and 20-some­thing Mul­lany’s ap­point­ment, less than two years af­ter mak­ing the move to tele­vi­sion from news­pa­pers, has drawn in­house crit­i­cism at Seven from col­leagues claim­ing she has be­come a favourite of Seven boss Craig McPherson.

Mul­lany’s pro­file re­ceived a ran­dom push in Oc­to­ber 2017 when the re­porter found her­self ac­ci­den­tally caught up in the Las Ve­gas g Man­dalay y Bay Ho­tel mass shoot­ing of con­cert go­ers, oers, 59 of whom died d at the hands of gun­man Stephen Pad­dock.

Mul­lany had been asleep in the ho­tel when the slaugh­ter took place and woke to a hor­ror scene. e.

Ash­ley Mul­lany cov­er­ing the Golden Globes, and (in­set) Matt Do­ran. Main pic­ture: In­sta­gram

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