‘A second family’: Melissa Doyle leaves Sunrise

New role: Sunrise presenter Melissa Doyle is leaving breakfast television. Photo: Anthony Johnson “A second family”: Doyle with Sunrise co-host David Koch. Photo: Matt King

Melissa Doyle has announced that she is leaving Channel Seven’s Sunrise after 14 years on the breakfast show.

A tearful Doyle told viewers on Thursday morning that she would be leaving breakfast television to take on a new challenge in a prime time “network news” initiative with Channel Seven.

She will be replaced by Samantha Armytage, who has fronted Weekend Sunrise for six years.

“I can honestly say that the team I’ve worked with at Sunrise over the last 12 years in particular have been like a second family,” Doyle wrote in a message posted on Facebook.

“You cannot spend your working hours with people you don’t like or respect and you cannot fake the camaraderie, respect and empathy we all have for each other. And that includes all the on-air and off air team that work to put this show together each day.”

In particular, she thanked David Koch, her Sunrise co-host for the past 12 years.

“He’s been my partner, supporter, confidante, and friend. I’ll miss working alongside him each day,” Doyle wrote.

Doyle did not outline her specific plans for the future.

”I’ve been offered a great opportunity to front a new, prime time network news initiative,” she wrote.

”I decided it was time to take on a new challenge and so it is with great sadness that I announce I will be leaving Sunrise.

”When Sunrise started again in 2002, not many people were watching. We were the upstart and not taken seriously by anyone – and certainly not our rivals.

”I am proud to say that over the ensuing years, we collectively built the show to be a fun, entertaining and informative way for so many households in Australia to start their day. It’s been a privilege to have hosted it and be invited into your homes.

”So while it’s goodbye from breakfast television, it’s not goodbye from Seven. I’ll be part of new and exciting programs in the not-too-distant future. And I cannot wait.”

Doyle said she would go on annual leave from this weekend, after which she will be reporting from London for the birth of the royal baby.

She will return to Sunrise for a short period afterwards before taking on her new role.

”Thank you to each and every viewer who tuned in each morning – for laughing with us, laughing at us and turning to us for your morning news fix,” Doyle wrote.

”Thanks for watching and see you all again in a few weeks.”

In a statement, Koch said it was a privilege to have worked with Doyle for so long.

“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,” he said.

Tim Worner, the CEO of Seven West Media, said Doyle had helped to “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,” he said.

Doyle’s departure follows that of another Sunrise veteran, weatherman Grant Denyer, earlier this year.

Denyer announced in March that he was leaving the show to spend more time with wife Cheryl and young daughter Sailor.

He had held the the position on and off for the past 10 years.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.