Melissa Doyle has confirmed she is departing Channel Seven after 25 years on the network, saying she is “sad to be leaving”.
The newsreader, best known for her roles hosting Sunrise opposite David Koch for more than a decade and hosting Sunday Night for four years, made the announcement on Friday morning.
Throughout her more than two decades with the network, Melissa held presenting and hosting roles on a wide array of programs including Today Tonight, Sunrise, 7NEWS and Sunday Night .
Sunday Night was axed in October 2019, leading to speculation about Doyle’s future with the company, though at the time it was confirmed she would remain with the network in a ‘variety’ of roles.
Since the program was removed, Melissa has been hosting The Latest.
Melissa ‘sad to be leaving’ in personal statement
“I have some personal news to share, “ the statement reads. “After twenty-five years I am leaving the Seven Network.”
“For half of my life I have called Channel Seven home and in that time I’ve had the privilege to share stories that mattered, meet incredible people and report on some of the greatest moments in history.
“I am incredibly proud of the work I have done and so grateful to have worked with some of the very best in my industry.”
She thanked viewers for the ‘trust and warmth’ they showed her, and thanked the ‘consummate professionals’ she had worked with a special nod to Seven Chairman Kerry Stokes
“Whilst I am sad to be leaving, I do so with a great deal of pride, satisfaction and gratitude,” she wrote.
”Every ending is a beginning and I’m excited for what comes next.”
Melissa’s full statement can be read here.
CEO James Warburton wished Melissa the best in a public statement.
“Melissa has deserved every success that’s come her way and has been a huge part of the Network,” he says.
”On behalf of everyone at Seven West Media I want to wish Mel the very best and thank her for everything she’s done for the Seven Network.”
Melissa will be sent off with a special tribute to her decades of work on 7News at 6:00 pm.