Sunrise’s new dawn with Natalie Barr

The Seven Network has announced Natalie Barr as the new co-host of Australia’s #1 breakfast show, Sunrise.

Barr has been an integral part of the Sunrise family for the past 18 years and begins her new role alongside Kochie today.

Natalie Barr said: “Sunrise has been my work family for 18 years and while I’ve absolutely loved my role as newsreader, I’ve now been given the chance to move half a metre along the desk closer to Kochie and give something new a try.

“I like to think of it as, same same but different. I can’t wait!”

Sunrise co-host, David Koch, said: “Nat has been there every step of the way as we’ve evolved Sunrise over the past 18 years.

“Our viewers know Nat is way more than just a newsreader. For years she has always stepped up as a co-host, filling in for Sam and I, and spent much of last year leading our coverage of the COVID pandemic.

“We all love her wicked sense of humour and no-nonsense approach to life. Nat and I have always had a very close relationship – I’ve seen her sons grow into fine young men, walked The Kokoda Track with her husband, Drew, and her mum Julie is so gorgeous. Nat is a wonderful person, with a wonderful family, and I can’t wait to sit alongside her as we continue to evolve Sunrise.”

Seven West Media Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, James Warburton, said: “We have an incredibly strong team at Sunrise and I’m delighted that Nat has agreed to step up into this new role.

Sunrise is a very important part of many Australians’ days. It’s been the #1 breakfast show for many years and I know that Nat, Kochie and the rest of the team will continue to take it from strength to strength.”