Melissa Doyle to leave Sunrise after 14 years

Melissa Doyle has announced she will depart Sunrise after 14 years as host.  Doyle will front a new, prime time Network News initiative for Seven.

“I’ve cherished every moment and every experience on Sunrise,” said Mel. “It’s with that experience and support from the team that I am able to take this next step. I’m honoured that the Network has given me this incredible new opportunity and I am unbelievably excited about the new challenges ahead.”

Melissa will remain with Sunrise for several weeks. From Monday she will take a 2 week planned break before heading to London to cover the Royal birth for the Network after which Mel will return to Brekky Central until the launch of the new program.

On-air partner Kochie said: “Mel is a very special person to me and it’s been a privilege to work with her and share so many experiences. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am for her.”

CEO Seven West Media, Tim Worner, said: “Melissa’s contribution in establishing Sunrise as Australia’s leading breakfast program has been outstanding. During her tenure on Sunrise, she has helped redefine breakfast television. Her professionalism, wonderful warm nature and sharp journalistic skills make her perfectly equipped for the next phase in her career here at Seven.”

Samantha Armytage, who has fronted Weekend Sunrise for six years, will be the new co-host of Sunrise.

source 7