Sunrise has announced they have hired two new permanent reporters amid news host David Koch is planning his retirement.
Sunrise executive producer Sean Power said Seven were thrilled to be adding seasoned professionals to the ranks.
Sunrise has announced they have hired two new permanent reporters amid news host David Koch is planning his retirement from the show. Pictured: Presenters Edwina Bartholomew (left), Natalie Barr (centre) and David ‘Kochie’ Koch (right)
‘Mylee has earned a stellar reputation for her professionalism, passion and tenacity,’ he said in a statement.
In August, Seven once again declared that Sunrise Australia’s top-rated breakfast show for 2022.
The morning program, hosted by Koch and co-host Natalie Barr, was number one in its timeslot for the 19th consecutive year.
The breakfast show’s nearest competitor was assumed to be Nine’s Today Show, hosted by Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon, but earlier this year the program dropped to third in its timeslot after being defeated by ABC News Breakfast every day for a week.
The hiring spree comes amid news Koch is planning his retirement but has committed to staying at the Channel Seven breakfast show for at least another two years.
Koch, 66, has just signed a contact extension locking him in until the end of 2024, but has negotiated for ‘greater flexibility’ in his schedule.
7News’ Mylee Hogan will join the Sydney Sunrise team as their field reporter
He inked the deal last month at a meeting with Seven Network CEO James Warburton, during which he expressed his interest in retiring.
Warburton was able to convince Koch to put off his retirement plans for another two years, but agreed to draw up a contract allowing the long-serving anchor ‘to take more breaks from the show according to his requirements’, reports The Australian.
This is in addition to Koch’s already relaxed work schedule that sees him host Sunrise four days a week, taking Fridays off.
Kerry Stokes, the billionaire chairman of the Seven Network, is understood to have played a ‘pivotal role’ in Koch’s contract renegotiations.
Having been granted more ‘flexibility’ with his schedule, Koch hopes to spend more time with his wife Libby and focus on his businesses Ausbiz TV and Pinstripe Media.
Crime journalist Teegan Dolling (pictured) will be the new face of the Sunrise Melbourne team
‘I’m grateful to James and Kerry Stokes that they approached it this way,’ Koch said.
‘I’ve had long chats with both of them, and they asked me is there a way to come up with a plan that gives you the flexibility you want, and gives you a connection to the network and a continuing focus on Sunrise. I love it dearly. So I’m really fortunate to have the best of all worlds.’
News of Koch’s two-year contract extension comes after sources told Daily Mail Australia he was seriously considering retirement, but was swayed towards staying by the prospect of covering King Charles’ coronation at Westminster Abbey in May.
The hiring spree comes amid news that Koch is planning his retirement but has committed to staying at the Channel Seven breakfast show for at least another two years