CHANNEL Seven today announced that Sunrise co-host Melissa Doyle will leave the popular morning program to front a new, prime time news initiative.
"I've cherished every moment and every experience on Sunrise," said Mel.
"It's with that experience and support from the team that I am able to take this next step. I'm honoured that the Network has given me this incredible new opportunity and I am unbelievably excited about the new challenges ahead."
Melissa plans to take a 2 week break before heading to London to cover the Royal birth, and then will return to Sunrise at Brekky Central until the launch of the new program.
Melissa has been the co-host of the show for 14 years - nearly 12 of those alongside David Koch - and has reported on the biggest news stories at home and abroad.
This year Mel has travelled overseas on special assignments including Washington, to cover the inauguration of President Obama and to Rome, to cover the election of the new Pope.
She has also led rolling Seven News coverage of the Queensland floods and other important national events.
On-air partner Kochie said he is thrilled for his talented co-host.
"Mel is a very special person to me and it's been a privilege to work with her and share so many experiences."
CEO Seven West Media, Tim Worner, said: "Melissa's contribution in establishing Sunrise as Australia's leading breakfast program has been outstanding. During her tenure on Sunrise, she has helped redefine breakfast television. Her professionalism, wonderful warm nature and sharp journalistic skills make her perfectly equipped for the next phase in her career here at Seven."
Samantha Armytage, who has fronted Weekend Sunrise for six years, will be the new co-host of Sunrise.
More details about Melissa's new project for Channel Seven will be released soon.