Melissa Doyle: 'Why I won’t dump on my TV bosses'
Melissa Doyle admits she's "a little sad" and "overwhelmed" to be leaving Channel 7 after her contract was not renewed by the network - but won't use an upcoming book to dump on her bosses.
The classy TV presenter and former Sunrise co-host bid an appropriately elegant farewell to Seven, where she has spent 25 years setting the bar for female journalists and playing the media game with heart.
"You know what, I'll be really honest, I'm a little sad because it's been half of my life.," she told News Corp Australia, "I feel like I'm part of the furniture.
Her impressive career took her to Canberra covering politics to most recently sharing the anchor role with respected Michael Usher on Seven News' COVID coverage on The Latest.
But it was her brand of sunshine and kindness that she brought to breakfast TV that won Australian audiences over - pairing with David Koch to transform the battleground into a winning one for Seven, which has remained dominant in the timeslot ever since.
A flashing voice message on her phone from Koch awaited Doyle today, after she was inundated with good wishes from colleagues and industry peers.
"I'm a little overwhelmed today by the lovely messages I'm getting from colleagues and friends. That's pretty overwhelming, but lovely. But I'm just really proud.
Taking a rare moment to reflect on a stellar career, Doyle said: "I'm trying to take today to have a moment, to stop because you know I don't think anyone looks back over what they've done … you just don't reflect. In the media, we're so fast and we're on to the next story, the next day. I guess, I've just had that moment I've looked back at all the things I've had the opportunity to do and the stories that I've covered. It was way beyond anything the young journalist in me could have dreamt about and I'm just really proud of what I'll be able to do and the way that I've done it. I'm grateful that I've had the opportunities that I've had to tell the stories that I've been able to tell, and meet the people that I've met. I've met some of the most extraordinary humans who have taught me so much about life and strength and guts and courage and things that really matter. I feel like I've taken a little bit of something from everyone along the way and I'm richer for it."
While work options may seem limited in the cash-strapped media landscape right now, Doyle vowed to keep a few irons in the fire - and like her former breakfast TV rival, Lisa Wilkinson, is planning to write a book and helm an audio documentary in the coming months.
Asked if it would be a tell-all of her TV time, she replied: "not my style."
"To be frank, I'm just trying to enjoy today, enjoy the moment and see what comes next. I figure I'm not the sort of person that sits still. I'm not the sort to sit back and wait for things to come my way. I'm proactive, I'm always working on other projects."
Doyle shared focus on a difficult day with the colleagues "who made me better."
"I've worked with people that really push you and make you want to be better, make you want to do your job better. I figure, no one's ever pushed me harder than I push myself. To have worked with the best cameramen in the industry … the best editors, the best producers, the best journalists … that's something. I'm just so damn lucky to have got that opportunity."
Originally published as Melissa Doyle: Why I won't dump on my TV bosses