Sunrise star Melissa Doyle overwhelmed by send-off
SUNRISE presenter Melissa Doyle says she is "simply overwhelmed'' after a week-long send-off on Seven's flagship breakfast show.
The TV personality said Friday morning's show was particularly special.
"I would never have predicted the wonderful send off that I was given this morning on Sunrise. It will rank as one of my all time happy memories,'' Doyle posted on Facebook.
"I am happy and proud of everything we achieved over the years. But I am most proud of the wonderful relationship I've enjoyed with our audience.
"And never has that been more evident to me than in the past few weeks with the huge number of calls, cards, notes, posts and tweets that I've received.
"It may take me a while but as always, I'll get back to all of you!
"We would never have made it to number one without your loyalty and support and we wouldn't have stayed there for so many years either. Thank you to each and every one of you.
"But as I say goodbye to the Sunrise family, I am looking forward to a new challenge at the other end of the day.
"It was a big decision to make earlier this year when I was offered the opportunity to move back into news and front these two new programs.
"I'll be hosting a national bulletin at 4pm with Matt White and a national bulletin myself at 7pm on 7TWO. And I'll still head out in the field to cover the big stories as they unfold.
"I'm sorry my departure has been such a drawn out affair! It was never intended to be.
"Thanks for bearing with us and taking the walk down memory lane this week. I'm looking forward to tucking my kids into bed at night instead of them tucking me in, and waking up with them in the mornings too."
Mel Doyle slotted into 4pm news on Seven, 7pm news show on 7TWO
MEL Doyle will present two new national news bulletins for Channel 7, starting next week.
Doyle will present a live, half-hour bulletin at 7pm on 7TWO from Monday.
She will also co-host a new national afternoon bulletin on Seven with Matt White starting on August 19 at 4pm.
Seven unveiled the new roles for the former Sunrise co-host on Friday morning.
"There has never been a greater demand for news than there is now and Seven is determined to give Australians more choice. That's why we're investing in news," said Seven's network news director Rob Raschke.
"Our team is the best in the business. Our presenters are highly credentialed, experienced journalists, skilled at delivering news as it unfolds. These are exciting times."
Since her departure from the Sunrise couch, Doyle has been filing entertainment reports for the breakfast show and reported on the birth of the Royal Baby.
Also joining the new Seven afternoon news team are meteorologist David Brown, veteran sports journalist and presenter Jim Wilson and network finance commentator Scott Pape, aka "The Barefoot Investor".