Sunrise shake-up: Channel Seven's 'major' announcement

The Sunrise team is going through some big changes.

Rumours have been rife that Sunrise is heading for a shake-up and now Channel Seven has made a ‘major announcement’ about the future of the show.

A new face is joining the morning show team, with hosts Natalie Barr and David Koch set to welcome Queensland reporter Georgie Chumley onboard.

Georgie, who joins from the 7News team, will keep audiences updated on everything from the Sunshine State, starting on Monday, 27th March.

Natalie Barr and David Koch on the Sunrise couch
Sunrise has made a 'major announcement'. Photo: Channel 7

“It’s such a privilege to tell Queenslanders’ stories and I’m so excited to get the opportunity to share them with the rest of the country. I’ve grown up here and watched Brisbane shift from a big country town to a thriving city,” Georgie told 7News.

“We have so much to offer and with so many Sydneysiders and Victorians moving here … the rest of Australia is now catching on. I can’t wait to see you on Sunrise!”.


The announcement comes just days after New Idea speculated that media personality Chris Brown’s move to the channel was part of a grand plan for him to replace Kochie.

Georgie Chumley on 7News
Georgie Chumley is set to join the Sunrise team. Photo: Instagram/Georgie Chumbley
Natalie Barr and Kochie in Sydney
Kochie celebrated 20 years on the show last year. Photo: Sunrise

“Chris would be wanting the ‘holy grail’ of plum roles — which has to be Kochie’s Sunrise gig!” the source said.

“Chris could become fill-in host until the time comes to make it permanent. Can you imagine how great he and Nat [Barr] would be together on screen?!”

However, 66-year-old Kochie has been a staple on the Sunrise couch for the past 20 years and recently signed a new deal with the channel.

Speaking to Woman's Day in 2021, he said: "[I'll stay] while I'm still enjoying it and while viewers want me to do it. They're the ultimate boss".

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