Sunrise announces David Koch’s replacement

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Australian athlete and television host Matt Shirvington will take over from David Koch as co-host of Sunrise.

Co-host Natalie Barr announced the move on Sunrise on Monday morning, as Shirvington joined the pair on the couch.

David Koch’s departure from Sunrise left the nation wondering who will take his seat beside Natalie Barr.Credit: Amy Croffey/Seven

Shirvington said he had “mixed emotions” about taking on the role. “Just amazing. Daunted. So excited. Happy. Cannot tell you the honour and privilege this is,” he told the Sunrise audience.

The 44-year-old, who remains the second-fastest Australian sprinter of all time, said becoming a permanent host of Sunrise was more nerve-wracking than anything else he had done.

“I think I’m more nervous than I have ever been, including the Olympics,” he said.

“Having the chance to fill in for you [Koch] on a regular Friday has given me the chance to do my training and to be prepared for this. And to understand the workload. I was just looking at the clock on the way in here. This is what time you need me every morning, at 8.10?” he joked.

Koch, the longest-serving breakfast television host in Australian history, announced last Monday he would step away from the role he has held for 21 years.

He intends to finish on June 9.

Koch joined Sunrise in 2002, initially presenting finance, then hosting alongside Melissa Doyle. As “Mel and Kochie”, they ushered in a new era of Australian breakfast TV.

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