HomeTV & ShowBizFormer Olympic Runner Matt Shirvington To Replace Kochie As Sunrise Host

Former Olympic Runner Matt Shirvington To Replace Kochie As Sunrise Host

Former Olympic Runner Matt Shirvington To Replace Kochie: A former Olympian is leading the race to replace longtime Sunrise host David ‘Kochie’ Koch at the end of 2024.

Matt Shirvington is an Australian athlete and television presenter who held the Australian 100m national sprint title from 1998 to 2002.

Shirvington is the third-fastest Australian sprinter of all time. He qualified for the 100m semi-finals in Sydney 2000, finishing 5th.

Former Olympic Runner Matt Shirvington To Replace Kochie
Former Olympic Runner Matt Shirvington (L) And David Koch ‘Kochie’

 

David James Koch, nicknamed “Kochie”, is an Australian television presenter. He is best known as a host of the Seven Network’s breakfast program, Sunrise. From Adelaide, he began his media career as a financial journalist.
Former Olympic Runner Matt Shirvington To Replace Kochie
Olympic sprinting champion Matt Shirvington talking to Adam MacDougall.

Former Olympic Runner Matt Shirvington To Replace Kochie as Sunrise host

The Daily Mail reported that Matt Shirvington has impressed Seven network executives with his presenting abilities and will replace Kochie.

Kochie sparked rumours he was leaving Sunrise after two decades in October before signing a two-year extension to host Sunrise until the end of 2024.

The long-running host’s departure will be gradual. Also, he is expected to reduce the number of days on air gradually until his contract expires.

The Daily Mail wrote that this plan was to prevent viewers from being “spooked” by his departure.

Kochie already has a relaxed presenter schedule and only works four days a week with Fridays off.

Shirvington filled in as Sunrise co-anchor in October while Kochie was on leave.

Post-retirement Kochie hopes to spend more time with his wife Libby and focus on his businesses.

Although, the runner started his broadcasting career in 2005 as a reporter and presenter on Beyond Tomorrow.

Since then he’s had to host gigs on competition series Holey Moley and Ultimate Tag, as a commentator at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and as fill-in host and sports presenter on Sunrise and The Morning Show.

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