Andrew Rochford

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Andrew Rochford
Dr Andrew Rochford.jpg
Born (1979-07-25) 25 July 1979 (age 37)[1]
Sydney, New South Wales
Occupation Doctor
Employer Seven Network

Andrew Rochford (born 25 July 1979) is an Australian television presenter and qualified doctor.

Rochford was formerly a co-host of Network Ten's Breakfast program alongside Paul Henry and Kathryn Robinson and National Medical Editor on the Seven Network.

Personal life[edit]

Rochford was born in Sydney, New South Wales, and grew up on the Northern Beaches. He attended secondary school at St Augustine's College before going to university and completing an undergraduate degree in medical science at the University of Sydney followed by a graduate degree in medicine, which he finalised in 2004, passing with honours.

Rochford moved to Brisbane, Queensland, for a brief period, where he was a surgical trainee at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Rochford lives an active lifestyle and enjoys playing many different sports such as swimming, skiing, basketball and golf in his spare time.[2]

Rochford currently lives in Sydney, where he is an emergency registrar at the Royal North Shore Hospital.

He is married and has a son and twin girls.

Media career[edit]

Television[edit]

In 2004 Rochford and Jamie Nicholson, his girlfriend at that time, entered a competition to be a part of the Australian television show The Block. They were accepted as a reserve in the event of a departure by any other couple.[2] Two other contestants were forced to depart after one of the couple was found to have spent six months in jail during 2002 after conviction for a drug-related offence.[1] Rochford and his partner then went on to win the show, which included as prize money A$100,000 plus any extra money that could be won after the auction of the property they had renovated. Following that auction, the apartment they renovated sold for $868,000 which meant that the couple pocketed the extra $78,000 above the reserve price.[1][3]

Rochford's profile was so increased by his time on The Block that shortly after his win he was offered a position with the What's Good For You team and joined the television program in 2006. The program was hosted by Sigrid Thornton. Specifically, Rochford's task was in part to report on certain medical myths and to be a medical "guinea-pig", testing out the fact or fallacy of the underpinning suggestion of the myth. For example, he was stung by a jellyfish to see what method best relieved the pain; eaten 15 kilograms (33 lb) of carrots to see if that consumption would improve his eyesight.[2] In addition to his role as a "guinea pig", he also has undertaken more serious roles. For example, he reported on the concentration of pathogens in various meats and related those facts to a better understanding of how to cook those meats.[2]

Rochford has also been on game shows such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Temptation as a guest playing for charity.[4]

He has hosted a number Nine Network shows including Amazing Medical Stories, What's Good For You and Random Acts of Kindness.

In 2010, Rochford joined Network Ten's The Project as a regular guest panelist. He also filled in for co-host Charlie Pickering on the show. He was a regular guest panelist on The Circle and had a cameo appearance in an episode of Offspring.

On 18 August 2011, it was announced that Rochford would be a co-host of Network Ten's new breakfast show Breakfast. However he left the program on 29 June 2012.[5]

In 2013, Rochford joined The Living Room as resident health expert. In addition he also appeared during the last half hour of morning TV program Studio 10 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to discuss medical issues.

In June 2014, Rochford joined the Seven Network as the network's National Medical Editor, after leaving Ten the week earlier. He will appear on various Seven programs[6]

Radio[edit]

On 4 January 2011, Claire Hooper and Rochford formed a new breakfast show on radio station Mix 106.5 called The Brighter Side of Breakfast.[7]

On 18 August 2011 that Rochford left Mix 106.5 to co-host Network Ten's breakfast show Breakfast

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Block's new winners". SMH.com.au. 25 July 2004. Retrieved 26 April 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Health - What's Good For You". NineMSN. Archived from the original on 27 April 2007. Retrieved 26 April 2007. 
  3. ^ "Jamie and Andrew". NineMSN. Archived from the original on 7 May 2007. Retrieved 26 April 2007. 
  4. ^ "Andrew Rochford". IMDB. Retrieved 26 April 2007. 
  5. ^ "Ten dumps Rochford from Breakfast". Smh. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Dr Andrew Rochford’s career is in the pink after low-key swap to Channel Seven". Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Christopher, Lissa (4 January 2011). "TV aces added to the Mix". The Sydney Morning Herald. 

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Preceded by
originator
Breakfast
Co-Host with Paul Henry & Kathryn Robinson

February 2012-June 2012
Succeeded by
Paul Henry & Kathryn Robinson
(as duo)
Preceded by
Lisa Wilkinson
What's Good For You
host

2009
Succeeded by
program ended