Melissa Doyle

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Melissa Doyle
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Melissa Doyle at Tropfest 2013 in Sydney, Australia
Born (1970-02-10) 10 February 1970 (age 45)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Alma mater Pymble Ladies' College
Occupation Seven Network Journalist, Television & Radio Presenter
Employer Seven Network
Notable credit(s) Sunrise co-host (2002–2013)
Spouse(s) John
Children Nicholas and Talia
Sunrise profile

Melissa Jane Doyle (born 10 February 1970) is an Australian television presenter, author and personality.

Doyle currently presents Seven Afternoon News. She was previously co-host of the Seven Network's breakfast television program Sunrise from 2002 to 2013 alongside David Koch.


Doyle attended the private school Pymble Ladies' College. She studied communications at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, NSW. During her studies she was a broadcaster with on-campus community radio station 2MCE-FM. She gained a cadetship at WIN Television's Canberra bureau in 1990, then moved to Prime Television to become news anchor and general reporter. After her stint at Prime ended in 1995, Doyle joined the Seven Network as a Canberra based political reporter before moving to Sydney where she read the news on 11AM, reported the news and read the afternoon updates. Doyle was one of Sunrise's original hosts before it was axed in 1999, before being resurrected in 2000, and which she rejoined in 2002. She also had a stint reading the Seven Late News.

In 2000, she took over as host of Sydney's Today Tonight following the departure of Stan Grant. She stayed until March 2001 when she left for maternity leave.

In 2012, she was named as the Greater Western Sydney Giants' inaugural No. 1 Ticket Holder.


Doyle is the National Patron for Make A Wish and an ambassador for The Alannah & Madeline Foundation, Westmead Children's Hospital, World Vision, Children's Cancer Institute and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Melissa is also an ambassador for the Federal Government's National Road Safety Council and is the Number One Ticket Holder for the GWS Giants (AFL) and Whittlesea Eagles (Vic AFL). She is also the Chairperson for the GIANTS Foundation Charity, established in 2013.


Doyle returned to Seven from maternity leave in a variety of news and presenting roles before being asked to front a revamped Sunrise program with Chris Reason. After about eight months, Reason left the program after a recurrence of cancer, and David Koch joined the program as a replacement.

Together, Doyle and Koch, under the guidance of Executive Producer Adam Boland, eventually surpassed their incumbent opposition and market leaders, Today on the Nine Network. They built the program from a virtually zero viewer base to be the leading breakfast television program in Australia and there it remained throughout Doyle's tenure on the program.

In 2003, Melissa enjoyed a very public pregnancy with her second child, who was born in December of that year and named Talia.

Doyle was nominated for the Silver Logie as Most Popular Television Presenter in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. She was the only female nominated in that category.

Melissa was embroiled in legal proceedings in which it was alleged she identified a minor who was divorcing his parents. The divorce case was being heard in the Victorian Children's Court and because the boy was only 14 years old he couldn't be named. But Sunrise, as well as a number of other news outlets, including the Sunday Herald Sun and Today Tonight, allegedly identified him and the journalists/presenters were charged with contempt of court. The journalists and presenters/hosts were all acquitted but the Seven Network, its news director, Today Tonight '​s executive producer and the Sunday Herald Sun and its editor-in-chief were convicted.[citation needed]

On 20 June 2013, Doyle announced that she will be stepping down as Sunrise co-host in order to take on a national role within the Seven Network. She presented her final show on 9 August of the same year. Her farewell program was the highest rating edition of the show that year.

After Sunrise[edit]

It was revealed in August 2013 that Doyle would present a new national bulletin of Seven Afternoon News at 4pm on weekdays with former Today Tonight host Matt White, as well as a new national bulletin Seven News at 7 on Seven's digital channel 7Two. This bulletin was discontinued in May 2014.

Melissa began presenting Seven News at 7 on 12 August and Seven Afternoon News on 19 August. Doyle also hosted the first debate of the 2013 Australian Federal Election between Labor leader and then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Liberal leader Tony Abbott, on 7Two on 11 August.[1] She was also a part of the 2013 Australian Federal Election with Chris Bath, Mark Riley and Matt White.

In October 2013, Doyle joined smoothfm to host a weekend breakfast show from 6am to 10am. The program has continued to grow in popularity with her show recording the highest ever market share percentage in the June 2014 Rating Survey and making the program the #2 FM weekend breakfast program for All People 10+. In the coveted Females 40-54 ratings segment, Doyle's program is the #1 FM Weekend Breakfast program, recording its highest ever share result in the June ratings survey and the ONLY FM station with over 20% share.

In December 2013, Melissa co-hosted Carols in the Domain with Matt White.

In October 2014, Doyle won Best Newcomer On-Air (Metro) at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards.[2]

Other work[edit]

In October 2007, Doyle's first book, The Working Mothers Survival Guide (co-written with Jo Scard), was published by Allen & Unwin. It sold over 10,000 copies in its first print run.

In 2014, she released her second book, Alphabet Soup. The memoir was the biggest selling Australian memoir in the market during its first few months on bookshelves.

Doyle and Koch also co-hosted another Seven Network production Where Are They Now.

In 2008, Doyle was selected to front a new documentary program on the Seven Network called The Zoo. The show had a six-week run during the first half of 2008. A second series of The Zoo commenced on air in October 2008. It generated an audience of over 1.7 million people in each of its first three weeks making it one of the Top Five Programs on Australian television for that week, and one of the highest ranking programs of the year.

Doyle previously wrote a weekly column in Australia's highest selling newspaper, the Sunday Herald Sun in Melbourne called "Balancing Act". The column talked about her experiences as a working mother.


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External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Rebecca Maddern
Seven Afternoon News

August 2013 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mark Ferguson
Seven News at 7

August 2013 – April 2014
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Georgie Gardner
Co-host with David Koch

2002 – 2013
Succeeded by
Samantha Armytage
Preceded by
Stan Grant
Today Tonight
Sydney Presenter

2000 – 2001
Succeeded by
Naomi Robson presenting from Melbourne