Mel Doyle farewells Sunday Night after 11 years

Sarah Carty
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

She’s spent the past four years at the helm of Channel Seven’s flagship current affairs program, and now Melissa Doyle has bid farewell to Sunday Night, as she ‘goes out with a smile’. 

The 49-year-old took to her Instagram account to post a picture of herself standing in front of the Sunday Night logo, just over a month after it was announced that the network was ditching the show from their lineup after it was plagued by rumours of unrest. 

Melissa Doyle has bid farewell to Sunday Night. Photo: Channel Seven

“From my first night on @sundaynighton7 to tonight, my last,” Melissa started the post. 

“‪But before we all begin new chapters, we’ll go out with a smile as we reflect on 11 years of great stories, from great crews & some of the most remarkable people who trusted us with them. ‬

“To each and every person ever involved in any way with @SundayNightOn7 we say thank you.”

In October, Craig McPherson, Seven Network’s Director of News and Public Affairs said in a statement to Yahoo Lifestyle, that axing the show was a ‘tough decision’ to make. 

“After 11 years at the forefront of our Public Affairs offering it is with much sadness I announce the closing down of the day to day operations of Sunday Night: True Stories,” he said. 

“I want to thank the exceptional team of reporters; producers; camera operators; editors and many others who have helped produce more than 500 hours of quality public affairs programming over its lifetime,” he concluded.

“I wish all those leaving us nothing but the best for the future.”

Mel spent 14 years on the Sunrise couch, 11 of them alongside David Koch. Photo: Channel 7

The decision to axe the show comes on the back of reports Seven’s new CEO, James Warburton, is looking at overhauling the network, with an eye to dramatically reduce costs.

TV Tonight claims Sunday Night is a victim of the cost-cutting measures by the network.

The show was hosted by Melissa Doyle for four years after the previous host, Chris Bath, stepped away from the network in 2015.

Before that, Mel spent 14 years on the Sunrise couch, 11 of them alongside David Koch.  

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