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Kochie's thoughtful act for scam victim

<p>David Koch has given back to a hard-working Aussie who lost her life savings to a convincing scam. </p> <p>For many years, scammers have been using the likeness of Australian celebrities to con people out of their money. </p> <p>Kochie is just one of many high-profile personalities who have had their identities used to run convincing scams, that thousands of people have fallen victim to. </p> <p>The former <em>Sunrise</em> host has often taken to social media to warn people of the illegitimate ads, but it hasn't been enough to stop the scammers in their tracks. </p> <p>In a special <em>7News Spotlight</em> investigation, Kochie joined the team to lift the lid on the multi-billion-dollar scam industry in which fake advertisements featuring well-known celebrities have been used to con more than 600,000 Aussies.</p> <p>“It’s devastating because it’s my reputation on the line,” says Koch.</p> <p>“And these scams are so good, they’re so believable that people who trust me look at me and say, ‘Wow, I’m getting some comfort out of what this bloke is saying,’ and then are ripped off by some scammer from overseas.”</p> <p>Koch is desperately trying to stop this criminal act, saying, “I’ve reported it to the ACCC and ASIC. I’m part of an ACCC case against Meta at the moment surrounding these scam ads.”</p> <p>As part of the investigation, Kochie met Allison, who lost $250,000 when she invested her money in what she thought was a reputable company, fronted by who she believed to be the former <em>Sunrise</em> host.</p> <p>As an avid Port Adelaide supporter, she trusts Koch, who is also the Chairman of the football club.</p> <p>“Port Adelaide members are all part of a big family,” says Koch. “And the fact that these scammers use my association with the club to prey on members is just abhorrent.”</p> <p>After losing her savings, Allison has been struggling to make ends meet, and is on a payment plan so she can stay as a member of the AFL club she loves.</p> <p>After learning of her story, Koch himself has stepped in and ensured she has lifelong membership.</p> <p>“It’s the least we can do,” says Koch to Allison. “Because, football has got to be your haven.”</p> <p>Allison is just one of the many victims of complex scams in Australia, with reporter Sarah Greenhalgh believes millions of dollars have been illegally stolen.</p> <p>“The scammers successfully prey on these people’s unique vulnerabilities and the victims’ lives have changed forever as a result,” she says.</p> <p><em>Image credits: 7News Spotlight</em></p>

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Kochie reveals the simple way to halve your grocery bill

<p>David Koch has revealed the simple trick to help you save big bucks at the supermarket as the cost of living crisis continues to hit hard. </p> <p>Kochie, who is the Compare the Market's economic director, calculated that Aussies can save up to $100 per trip to the grocery shop by making the switch to home brands. </p> <p>According to research of major Australian supermarkets, the average household can save big bucks by choosing not to buy well-known brands, which can lead to a saving of $5,000 per year. </p> <p>"So, when you're doing your supermarket shop, what's in a brand name? Well, let me tell you - plenty," Kochie said in a video posted to the Compare the Market Instagram account. </p> <p>"You are paying plenty more for that loyalty to a brand that you love."</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/reel/C57UwVrvSZ5/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/reel/C57UwVrvSZ5/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Compare the Market AU (@comparethemarket_aus)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Compare the Market took to a major supermarket and bought 25 items from big name brands, and another 25 similar items from a challenger supermarket selling cheaper home brands.</p> <p>Based on substituting big-brand products for lesser-known labels, grocery bills would fall from $201.19 a week to $103.51, taking the weekly saving up to $97.68.</p> <p>"Now, multiply that weekly shop over a whole year and that's a saving of over $5,000."</p> <p>"Almost three return economy airfares to London."</p> <p>Everyday Aussies are continuing to struggle with the rising cost of groceries, with the price of bread and cereal increasing by 7.3 per cent in the year to March, an official monthly measure of inflation showed. </p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram </em></p>

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Kochie's warning for every Aussie parent

<p>Australian finance expert David Koch has warned parents to think twice before offering financial assistance to their adult children who are thinking of buying their first home. </p> <p>With many young Australians looking to buy property turning to the “Bank of Mum and Dad” for financial help, Kochie has advised parents to approach this with caution, structured agreements, and clear communication, to reduce the risks and protect both parties involved. </p> <p>“The Bank of Mum and Dad provided $2.7 billion to their adult children to buy property over the past year," the finance expert said on his latest column in <em>The Nightly</em></p> <p>He encouraged a structured approach to navigating the common intergenerational finance practice, and added that financial assistance from parents has become a significant player in the housing market. </p> <p>“If it was an actual bank, it would be somewhere between the fifth and ninth biggest mortgage lender," he said, referring to an estimation by the Productivity Commission. </p> <p>He then warned against the casual approach that is often taken, saying: “We all want to help our kids … But the question is what that help looks like.”</p> <p>“Treat the loan as a business transaction and draw up a formal agreement between each party outlining the terms of the deal, including a set repayment schedule,” he emphasised. </p> <p>Kochie also drew attention to the University of Newcastle’s findings on the increased risk of financial elder abuse associated with parental assistance.</p> <p>“Borrowing from the Bank of Mum and Dad encourages ageist attitudes, which leads to kids financially abusing their parents," he quoted the study. </p> <p>He then differentiated the different forms of financial assistance, explaining the difference between gifts, loans, and guarantees. </p> <p>“If your child is married or in a de facto relationship and it ends, gifts will usually be considered part of the family assets and divided up in court,” he warned. </p> <p>He also offered guidance on parental investments in entrepreneurial ventures, advising parents to “think of your role as that of a regular investor."</p> <p><em>Image: news.com.au </em></p>

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Kochie called out over "disgusting" remarks

<p>Port Adelaide president David Koch has come under fire over remarks he made while discussing Jeremy Finlayson's homophobic slur towards another player. </p> <p>Finlayson is under AFL investigation after he admitted to aiming a homophobic slur at an Essendon player on Friday’s game at Adelaide Oval.</p> <p>The player Finlayson directed the comment towards is not yet known, but on Saturday night, Port Adelaide confirmed that a “contrite Finlayson made the club aware during the three-quarter time break” of the incident “and apologised to the victim on the field after the final siren last night”. </p> <p>On Sunday morning, Koch appeared on <em>ABC’s Offsiders</em> to discuss the incident with host Kelli Underwood, veteran journalist Caroline Wilson and AFL footy boss Laura Kane. </p> <p>“There’s no excuse for it. Jeremy was incredibly remorseful, actually told the coaches at three-quarter time that it was inexcusable, went and apologised to the player after the game,” Koch said. </p> <p>“That’s no excuse whatsoever. It’s in the heat of the battle, should not have done it and we’ll wait for the AFL to go through its process.”</p> <p>When discussing what sort of punishment the league could hand down to Finlayson, footy boss Kane questioned whether it may be similar to Taylor Walker's six-week ban after he used a racial slur. </p> <p>But Kochie wasn't on board with linking the two incidents, and said that the the league had set a precedent with the ruling it handed down to North Melbourne coach Alastair Clarkson.</p> <p>“Not ruling it out (an internal investigation), but, umm, you know, if you look at comparisons and benchmarks that have been set,” Koch said.</p> <p>“With a 55-year-old coach premeditated, target the player, walk up to them is very different to a player in the heat of battle when there was a lot of niggle in the game, the pressure again - absolutely no excuse, not condoning it whatever, and should not be part of the game, but if you’re going to look at a comparison, that would be the benchmark there.”</p> <p><em style="font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">ABC’s Offsiders</em><span style="font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;"> host </span>Underwood pressed further and asked him: <span style="font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">“If </span><span style="font-family: -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, 'Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">I put it to you, it’s in the same category as Taylor Walker’s racial slur, what would your response to that be?”</span></p> <p>Koch responded: “I don’t think that’s realistic. I think the benchmark has been set in terms of...”</p> <p>Wilson interjected: “With Alistair Clarkson which I thought was too light." </p> <p>But Koch insisted:  “OK. But the benchmark has been set.”</p> <p>The comments from the former Sunrise presenter was slammed on social media. </p> <p>“This is pretty disgusting from Koch," wrote Columnist Greg Jericho. </p> <p>“Yeah nah @kochie_online. A slur is a slur is a slur. You say you don’t condone a player using a homophobic slur on the field and that there’s no excuse but in the same sentence practically excuse it by saying it occurred ‘in the heat of battle’ and a ‘niggle’. So disappointing," another user wrote. </p> <p>“Terrible take from Koch. We are benchmarking abuse now. Not making excuses but … homophobia and racism have no place in the game," a third added. </p> <p>“@kochie_online as a leader of our football club this statement is beyond disappointing. A slur against a marginalised group is exactly the same the nature of it is irrelevant. You need to do better!” a fourth commented. </p> <p><em>Images: Getty/ ABC</em></p>

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Kochie's brutal message to Baby Boomers

<p>David Koch has shared his brutal thoughts on the housing crisis and rising interest rates, claiming millennials have been dealt the "short end of the stick", while boomers have been spared. </p> <p>The former <em>Sunrise</em> host, who is now the Economic Director at Compare the Market, said young borrowers are copping the brunt of rising interest rates and soaring inflations. </p> <p>“If you bought your home in early 2022 under the pretence that interest rates would stay low for longer, you’ve now been lumped with the short end of the stick,” Mr Koch said.</p> <p>He went on to say young people had difficulty generating any decent savings due to record rental prices and cost-of-living, and those that can scrape together a deposit on a home now face onerous interest charges.</p> <p>Recent data from Compare the Market found homeowners who bought their homes at the peak of the market in early 2022 were far worse off compared to those who bought three years earlier. </p> <p>Those who also bought property before the Covid lockdown have also benefited from a rise in their equity, as property prices have significantly increased over the past four years.</p> <p>Kochie said the repayment hike as a result of rising interest rates was a "tough pill" for young Aussies who had no time to accrue a strong savings buffer.  </p> <p>Given these factors, Kochie said many Aussie baby boomers have been spared the pain of rising interest rates.</p> <p>"Meanwhile, a lot of mature Australians have missed this pain altogether after selling their properties at the peak and having reaped the benefits over more equity for years," he said.</p> <p>"A lot of mature Australians have been shielded from the rate rises, and it's already widely believed that their spending drove inflation."</p> <p>A recent report from CommBank iQ found that baby boomers spending on luxuries appears to be further fuelling Australia's inflation crisis as millennials are forced to cut back on essentials.</p> <p>This goes a long way to explaining why the current cycle of interest rate rises are not dampening inflation as expected, as the new big spenders are older people who own properties outright and are therefore unaffected by rate rises.</p> <p>Boomers are are going on holidays and dining out more often, while millennials, battling higher rents and mortgage repayments, rare being forced to reduce their spending to cope with the worst cost of living crisis in a generation.</p> <p>Koch said, "It's time policy-makers should be asking: how could the pressure be more evenly spread?"</p> <p>Aussie baby boomers have long claimed that they had to make the same sacrifices when they were buying their first homes, given the home loan rate in 1989 to 1990 was at 17 per cent, compared to today's six per cent variable rates.</p> <p>However, Kochie debunked this claim, saying current house prices are far higher when measured against average salaries, and that level was only accelerating, far outpacing wages growth.</p> <p>"Back in the 80s, the average cost of an Aussie house was $70,000, now it's $700,000 - ten times more expensive," he said. </p> <p>The financial guru explained how in the 1980s the average salary was $19,000, compared with $94,000 in 2023.</p> <p>"So in the 80s, the price of a house was four times the average person's income," he said.</p> <p>"In 2023, it's eight times the average Aussie salary."</p> <p>Kochie urged mortgage holders hit with higher repayments to call their banks and explore whether refinancing to a lower-rate loan is possible. </p> <p>"We urge people in mortgage pain to reduce the interest on their repayments as much as possible by shopping around for a better deal," Koch said. </p> <p>"When every dollar counts, 2024 should be the year of the new lender."</p> <p><em>Image credits: Compare the Market </em></p>

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Kochie and Karl team up for a new business venture

<p>David Koch and Karl Stefanovic has reportedly put their differences aside after a long-running rivalry, as they contemplate embarking on a new business venture together. </p> <p>After hosting rival morning television shows for decades, Kochie and Karl have squashed their beef with each other after Kochie retired from <em>Sunrise</em> earlier this year after 21 years on the air. </p> <p>Kochie chatted candidly on a recent episode of the <em>Something to Talk About</em> podcast, sharing details of his complicated relationships with Karl.</p> <p>He said despite running in similar circles due to the nature of their careers, they were never close friends. </p> <p>However, after Kochie left <em>Sunrise</em>, the pair caught up for a lunch date, and were joined by Kochie's old co-host Nat Barr. </p> <p>"Would you believe the two weeks after finishing on <em>Sunrise</em>, Karl and I and Nat had lunch together?" he said. </p> <p>"I’ve come across Karl a number of times at different functions – really nice bloke, incredibly respectful, didn’t know him much at all."</p> <p>But, it appears the two have now hit it off, as they are contemplating starting a podcast together. </p> <p>Kochie continued, "So we had lunch together and he’s talking about wanting to do a podcast together, funnily enough, so something might come of it."</p> <p>The 67-year-old was the the longest-serving breakfast TV anchor in Australian history when he left <em>Sunrise</em> two months ago. </p> <p>He was replaced by former professional sprinter Matt 'Shirvo' Shirvington, who had been filling in for Kochie for several years.</p> <p>Karl has been the host of the <em>Today</em> show for 14 years, beginning his hosting journey alongside Tracy Grimshaw in 2005. </p> <p><em>Image credits: Today / Sunrise </em></p>

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Nat Barr debunks the "strange" rumour about her and Kochie

<p>Nat Barr is no stranger to the rumour mill churning out outrageous accusations about her private life and relationships. </p> <p>One such rumour about her relationship with her former <em>Sunrise</em> co-host Kochie has prompted her to speak out and dispel the baseless claim.</p> <p>Chatting candidly with <a href="https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/sunrises-nat-barr-addresses-strange-rumour-about-her-and-kochie-060124836.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Yahoo Lifestyle</em></a>, Nat laughed as she admitted she had seen a rumour that her and Kochie were more than just colleagues. </p> <p>She said, "That I was on with Kochie, we've all been on with Kochie according to the rumour mill!"</p> <p>She continued: "There's lots of weird rumours like that – that we all hate each other, there's lots of rumours that, you know, obviously we must all hate each other. I don't think people believe all that stuff, that whole clickbait thing."</p> <p>While Barr admits she has seen her fair share of strange rumours about herself online, she is not one to complain about them. </p> <p>"[There have been] a few strange ones, but I don't really like to complain about what's written about us, because we have great jobs," she said.</p> <p>"I feel really lucky to have got this job and to still be doing this job, and to be waking up every morning and doing something I love. And to be covering news stories and bringing it to the viewers."</p> <p>She added, "The viewers are the most important people in the room, the people sitting at home, watching and giving us their time every day. That's the most important thing. That's number one in our book."</p> <p><em>Image credits: Sunrise </em></p>

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Kochie’s surprise return to Sunrise

<p dir="ltr">David Koch has shocked <em>Sunrise</em> viewers by making a surprise return to the Channel Seven morning show, two months after leaving his long-standing hosting role. </p> <p dir="ltr">While dropping in to share the details of this next business venture with Nat Barr and Matt Shirvington, Kochie revealed how his life has changed <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/kochie-s-emotional-farewell-on-sunrise" target="_blank" rel="noopener">since he left <em>Sunrise</em></a> in June. </p> <p dir="ltr">He admitted that he’s not missing the early morning starts, after 20 years of waking up at 3:30am for the show, saying, “I feel like a new man.”</p> <p dir="ltr">But while Kochie has been revelling in the sleep-ins, he said that his wife Libby has been feeling a little put out by his presence. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m not sure Lib is enjoying me being awake so late at night because it interrupts all of her shows,” he said. </p> <p dir="ltr">“She still keeps the zapper and goes ‘Nick off! You can’t control that!’”</p> <p dir="ltr">Kochie admitted that while he’s enjoying “working business hours now”, he does miss his TV career a little.</p> <p dir="ltr">“A bit of me does, but it was time to go and do something else,” he admitted.</p> <p dir="ltr">Kochie appeared on <em>Sunrise</em> to chat about his new role as the economic director of price comparison website Compare the Market.</p> <p dir="ltr">While chatting to his former colleagues, Kochie addressed the awkward moment at the recent Logie awards in which he was <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/sonia-kruger-s-cheeky-shot-during-logies-victory-speech" target="_blank" rel="noopener">targeted</a> by host Sam Pang. </p> <p dir="ltr">During the award ceremony, Pang paid tribute to the recently retired <em>Sunrise</em> host who “changed breakfast television forever. Warmth, humour, personality... you needed none of those.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Kochie said he wasn’t offended by the gags, saying, “He can only say that because we know it’s true!”</p> <p dir="ltr">“He did such a great job and the gags were really good. Sam is really clever because he never makes them vicious or personal or whatever. It was just a wonderful night.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Sunrise</em></p>

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Karl addresses cringeworthy Kochie joke at the Logies

<p>Karl Stefanovic has addressed his awkward joke at the Logies on Sunday night, which was aimed at long-running breakfast TV rival David Koch. </p> <p>While presenting an award at the ceremony, Stefanovic took to opportunity to rip into Kochie with the ad-libbed joke, which left the audience more bewildered than entertained. </p> <p>It started when Kochie confessed his fondness for the third season of Stan series <em>Bump</em> while speaking to the star-studded audience. </p> <p>Seizing the moment, Stefanovic took a comedic leap, playing on the double entendre of "bump", a term colloquially associated with cocaine. </p> <p>"I want to just check something... I am pretty sure before I heard Kochie say he loves Bump's... season three. Did anyone mishear that? Because I am pretty sure I did."</p> <p>"Anyway, those are the headlines tomorrow morning..." Stefanovic remarked, hoping for a laugh, while cameras panned to Kochie who looked utterly confused by the joke. </p> <p>Addressing the joke on Monday morning while speaking to Kyle and Jackie O, the <em>Today</em> host shared that even his wife Jasmine mocked him for the joke falling flat. </p> <p>"Clearly the audience was too old. There really wasn't much laughter. It was one of those totally awkward moments," Stefanovic happily admitted. </p> <p>“I got back to my seat, and you know, generally our partners support us.... that one went flat. Once I explained [to wife Jasmine].... but as they say, if you explain something, it’s no good.”</p> <p>Stefanovic also revealed that he checked in with Koch afterwards, who asked him, “Are you making fun of me again?”</p> <p>“I said, ‘I love you man!’ and he said ‘I love you too, just let me know what it’s going to be beforehand next time’,” he explained.</p> <p>The KIIS hosts then kept Stefanovic on the line while they called Koch himself.</p> <p>“I was just caught up in the confusion,” the former <em>Sunrise</em> host told the group live on air, laughing it off.</p> <p>“I must admit, I’m not [up to date] with cocaine terminology... I was just talking about the famous show [Bump]!”</p> <p><em>Image credits: Today </em></p>

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Kochie’s next big career move

<p dir="ltr">Former <em>Sunrise</em> host David Koch has revealed his next career venture after a 21-year long career on breakfast TV.<span id="docs-internal-guid-1bcd9942-7fff-653c-5b17-f01723a37578"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Kochie left the Seven Network program <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/kochie-s-emotional-farewell-on-sunrise" target="_blank" rel="noopener">last month</a> to spend more time with his family and focus on his work in finance, with his latest investment being Australian beverage company Goodness Group Global’s Nexba drink.</p> <p dir="ltr">This is the  67-year-old founder of Pinstripe Media's biggest investment since leaving <em>Sunrise, </em>contributing to the $7.75 million fundraising effort for Nexba.</p> <p dir="ltr">The move was one that Kochie was planning for a while, after he revealed that he had met with the brand’s founders a decade ago, and that it is one of the few brands he's invested in over the years. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I met the Nexba founders on a plane 10 years ago and have followed and admired their journey ever since. When the opportunity came to become a shareholder, I jumped at the chance,” he said. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I love supporting young Aussie entrepreneurs and Nexba joins a group of six other start-ups and scaleups I’ve invested in over recent years. Whenever I assess the suitability of a company for potential investment, there are a few key principles that guide me.</p> <p dir="ltr">“One is the quality and integrity of the founders of the business and the other is having a strong purpose to deliver value and impact long term.</p> <p dir="ltr">"In the case of Nexba and Goodness Group Global – I overwhelmingly support both," he added. </p> <p dir="ltr">“We know that Nexba is on a mission to create a lasting impact of better health and wellness and that’s not only a worthy journey to join, but is hopefully a good investment decision as well.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Nexba specialises in "naturally sugar free” soft drinks and is available across Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, UK and Europe. </p> <p dir="ltr">Aside from crafted soft drinks they also sell kombucha, nootropics, iced tea and mixers. </p> <p dir="ltr">Kochie's decision comes after Pat Cummins was named the company’s global brand ambassador and is also a shareholder of Goodness Group Global. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Seven </em></p>

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Ratings results after Shirvo’s first day in Kochie’s chair

<p dir="ltr">The results are in and <em>Seven</em> has maintained its position on top, with thousands of viewers tuning in to watch newly appointed <em>Sunrise </em>co-host Matt Shirvington <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/kochie-s-sunrise-replacement-revealed" target="_blank" rel="noopener">replace Kochie</a> on the breakfast TV show.</p> <p dir="ltr">Over 235,000 metro viewers tuned in to Seven on Monday, while Nine’s Today drew around 188,000 viewers, and 104,000 watched ABC’s News Breakfast.</p> <p dir="ltr">The reactions were positive and many took to social media to share their well-wishes for the former sprinter after his first day on the show.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Your first morning Shirvo, great, So natural,” one viewer posted on Instagram.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The best person to replace Kochie,” wrote another.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Matt Shirvo is exactly what Sunrise needed,” another viewer added.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I am so glad they went with Shirvo. A fresh start for Sunrise,” commented another.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 44-year-old was<a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/kochie-s-sunrise-replacement-revealed" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> announced as the new host</a> alongside Nat Barr on June 5, and officially replaced Kochie a week later.</p> <p dir="ltr">He has shared his delight and excitement over joining the show, and even posted an <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CtWFmBhPAT4/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&amp;igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==" target="_blank" rel="noopener">image </a>of all the alarms he set in preparation for his new job.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m so excited but also humbled by the opportunity to co-host such an important show to so many Australians,” he said last week.</p> <p><em>Image: Sunriseon7 Instagram</em></p>

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Kochie’s emotional farewell on Sunrise

<p><em>Sunrise </em>host David Koch bid an emotional farewell to the show in his final episode on Friday morning.</p> <p>After 21 years on the job and hosting over 5,300 episodes, Kochie received a hero’s welcome when he entered the studio at 7am that morning.</p> <p>The veteran host teared up as co-host Natalie Barr, newsreader Edwina Bartholomew and sports presenter Mark Beretta greeted him at the desk.</p> <p>“Thank you for everything. Thank you. Oh dear. Quick, I’ve got to [read] the news,” Koch said, while he wiped away his tears.</p> <p>Not long after, Kochie confessed that he was distracted by the text messages sent by <em>Nine’s Today Show</em> host, Karl Stefanovic and shared their banter.</p> <p>“I asked him if he had a Sportsbet booked on me crying on the show, and he said, ‘No, my missus closed my account last year when I bet on the camel races in Dubai,’” he said.</p> <p>To which co-host Nat Barr quipped: “Well, as we walked in, you were already crying, so someone won some money.”</p> <p>Later on in the show, former co-host Sam Armytage, who left the show in 2021, made a surprise guest appearance and shared her well-wishes for Kochie.</p> <p>“This job is so incredibly difficult, and you can’t say it when you’re in the job, because no one wants to hear you complaining. But when you’re not in the job anymore, you can say how hard this is,” she said.</p> <p>Armytage recalled her own experiences of working at the breakfast TV show before commending Kochie for his resilience and drive.</p> <p>“There is so much scrutiny. To get up day after day and do this: the resilience, the drive, the ability, the energy to just keep coming in here every day and do that is extraordinary.</p> <p>“I absolutely salute you. After eight years, I couldn’t do it anymore. 21 I just think it’s extraordinary.”</p> <p>Both Kochie and Barr sat on the sofa across from Armytage, and her appearance comes days after Kochie <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/kochie-addresses-feud-rumours-with-sam-armytage" target="_blank" rel="noopener">addressed the rumours of a feud</a> between him and Armytage.</p> <p>Mel Doyle, who was Kochie’s co-host from 2002-2013 also made a surprise appearance and shared stories about their humble beginnings.</p> <p>“Remember when we bet our boss to take us to lunch if we hit 40,000 viewers?” she asked about the program’s early days. Kochie added that when their show first began their office was “a demountable in the car park.”</p> <p>Kochie and Barr also sat down for an emotional final interview where they reminisced the highlights of his career.</p> <p>“Really, thanks for everything,” Barr told Kochie, while tearing up.</p> <p><em>Images: Channel Seven/ Sunrise</em></p>

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Kochie’s wife pipes up on lengthy Sunrise journey

<p>In the wake of David “Kochie” Koch’s <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/the-world-s-best-job-kochie-quits-sunrise" target="_blank" rel="noopener">shocking departure</a> from <em>Sunrise</em>, his wife Libby has come forward to speak about the “sad” decision.</p> <p>Libby has been by Kochie's side during his entire 21-year run on the breakfast TV show and has witnessed some of the “pushback” he copped in his early days that led to a “love” of telling other people’s stories.</p> <p>“And this emotion that swept over both of us, it was really bittersweet, like, excited but sad too because it’s just been part of our lives for such a long time.”</p> <p>Libby shared that “come Saturday he is really tired” but will always have time for his four children and eight grandchildren.</p> <p>Despite the exhaustion, “he’s always there watching the (grandchildren’s) sport, always there for the kids and myself”.</p> <p>“That’s probably the thing that I’m the most proud of,” Libby said.</p> <p>“No matter how tired he was on the weekend, it was like: Right, it’s family time.”</p> <p>Libby noted that Kochie's father Dean would be “so proud” of his son for prioritising his family over his career, “even having this big gig of Sunrise and people knowing you”.</p> <p>“But the fact that he’s worked hard to just box (Sunrise) off and then have the weekend as family time,” Libby said.</p> <p>“I think his dad would be really proud of that.”</p> <p>As the pair started discussing “cutting back”, Libby revealed she encouraged Kochie by explaining to him, “I really hate seeing you this tired.”</p> <p>According to Libby, Kochie agreed, expressing how he “hated feeling this tired” and telling her, “Right, you’ve got to be the strong one.”</p> <p>“It’s really quite sort of sad and then it’ll become exciting, but yeah, but I’m never very good with goodbyes,” she said.</p> <p>Libby reflected on the debut of <em>Sunrise</em> in 2002, explaining it “was a bit of trial and error and then he started and found there was a bit of pushback for some of his style”.</p> <p>“When he introduced his joke of the day and there was a lot of pushback from certain sectors about what cheeky things he’d say.</p> <p>“But then the viewers started really responding and he was really relaxed in his style, often put his foot in it.</p> <p>“Viewers respond to that because they very quickly realised he’s just a regular bloke.”</p> <p>Libby shared that before her husband knew it, he “realised how much he was enjoying it because he’s a real talker”.</p> <p>“He loves people’s stories and he realised this was a great opportunity to talk to people and find out their stories,” she said.</p> <p>Libby shared that her highlight of Kochie's journey would “definitely be his and Mel’s coverage of the Beaconsfield mine disaster”.</p> <p>In 2006 Kochie secured the story of the century after a small earthquake caused a tunnel to collapse at the Beaconsfield mine in Tasmania, which saw multiple trapped and one dead, which <a href="http://xn--just%20a%20regular%20daggy%20dad%20who%20thinks%20hes%20so%20funny%20with%20his%20comments-5641dng2g./" target="_blank" rel="noopener">he spoke publicly</a> about for the first time seven years on.</p> <p>When miners Brant Webb and Todd Russell were found alive on the sixth day, Kochie and Melissa Doyle covered the story from the sidelines until they were rescued after 14 days unground.</p> <p>“What I was really proud of that viewers didn’t know is that he and Mel would go round to Todd Russell’s parents and his wife’s house and sit down and have a cup of tea and have dinner and talk with the kids,” Libby said.</p> <p>Libby said that at home Kochie is “just a regular daggy dad who thinks he’s so funny with his comments”.</p> <p>“Then when boyfriends came on the scene he thought, ‘Oh, it’s the thing to do to sit them down and have a chat?’</p> <p>“And we’re like ‘Over the top, Dave, over the top’.”</p> <p><em>Image credit: Instagram</em></p>

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Kochie addresses feud rumours with Sam Armytage

<p dir="ltr">David Koch has addressed the rumours of a falling out with his former <em>Sunrise</em> co-host, Sam Armytage for the first time.</p> <p dir="ltr">Kochie responded to the rumours while appearing as a guest on <em>The Kyle and Jackie O Show</em> on Wednesday morning, after the radio hosts grilled him about reports of their strained relationship.</p> <p dir="ltr">The rumours spread after Armytage left<em> Sunrise</em> in March 2021 and hosted a lavish farewell lunch with some of her co-workers, with Kochie notably absent.</p> <p dir="ltr">The next day he publicly claimed that he “didn’t know about it [happening].”</p> <p dir="ltr">But on Wednesday, Kochie told Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O that he “didn’t think” he was on “bad terms” with Armytage.</p> <p dir="ltr">“No, I don’t think … We didn’t end on bad terms,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">When asked if Kochie had spoken to her ever since he evaded the question and answered with: “Don’t forget she very publicly said she wanted to get out of the media, and that scrutiny.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“She sent me a really nice note on the announcement. As did Mel,” he added, revealing the well-wishes from his former co-hosts.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I think I’m seeing Sam tonight at a function. I saw Mel at Fashion Week and sat next to her there.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Armytage and Kochie hosted the breakfast show together for eight years between 2013–2021.</p> <p dir="ltr">The rumours had started after there were relentless reports about Armytage being estranged from the Seven cast and crew.</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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The risky ambulance interview that put Kochie on the map

<p>Footage has resurfaced of the moment David “Kochie” Koch cemented his role as the king of breakfast TV as he prepares to finish up his 21-year run on <em>Sunrise</em>.</p> <p>The 67-year-old has hundreds of interviews under his belt, but it was a risky interview in the back of an ambulance that thrust him into the spotlight.</p> <p>In April 2006, Kochie and his then co-host Melissa Doyle were stationed at Beaconsfield Tasmania to report on a collapsed mine that left one miner dead and seventeen trapped underground.</p> <p>The <em>Sunrise</em> hosts were competing with several other news outlets at the scene of the tragedy, but Kochie managed to secure the scoop of the century after jumping into the back of an ambulance to interview injured miner Todd Russell.</p> <p>The veteran TV presenter rushed through the security cordon and leapt into the vehicle after being invited by Russell, who coincidently was a big <em>Sunrise</em> fan.</p> <p>“So, I got into the ambulance and that's when he gave me his miners tag, which is a moment, I got to say, a moment and a symbol I will cherish forever,” Koch later told the ABC.</p> <p>“And I make no apologies for doing it.”</p> <p>In 2017, Kochie reflected on the incident on <em>Sunrise</em>, describing his interview with Russell as “touch and go”.</p> <p>“Todd says he wants that 'big, fun, son of a 'b', Koch, at the gate' when they come out in the ambulance,” he said. “It was one of the most memorable [interviews] because of that connection,” Kochie added.</p> <p>On May 29, Kochie <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/the-world-s-best-job-kochie-quits-sunrise" target="_blank" rel="noopener">announced his departure</a> from <em>Sunrise</em> on air, with plans to pursue his own businesses and spend more time with family.</p> <p>Seven Network <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/the-world-s-best-job-kochie-quits-sunrise" target="_blank" rel="noopener">announced Koch’s replacement</a> on June 5, which sees former Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington joining Natalie Barr behind the news desk.</p> <p><em>Image credit: Instagram</em></p>

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Kochie’s Sunrise replacement revealed

<p dir="ltr">It’s the news breakfast television fans across Australia have been waiting for: Kochie’s <em>Sunrise </em>replacement has been announced.  </p> <p dir="ltr">Speculation had been rife in the week following the news of Kochie’s departure from the show, with the likes of Dr Chris Brown and Seven’s own Matt Shirvington fan favourites to take over in his absence. </p> <p dir="ltr">And they had it right, with Matt Shirvington - a familiar face at the network across both sport and entertainment - stepping up to the plate and joining his new co-host Natalie Barr at the<em> Sunrise</em> desk. </p> <p dir="ltr">Before the big news broke, Kochie had assured viewers that his replacement would be “younger and better looking”, and that he was happy with the decision the network had reached.</p> <p dir="ltr">Once news of the updated line-up had been made public, Kochie added that “Shirvo has been part of the <em>Sunrise</em> family and filling in for me for the last 18 months. He is the perfect fit to shift into my chair on a permanent basis.</p> <p dir="ltr">“A good bloke with solid values, he will do a terrific job and I wish him great success.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Unsurprisingly, Matt Shirvington shared that delight, releasing a statement to express his excitement over the new gig, which he is due to dive into on June 12. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m so excited but also humbled by the opportunity to co-host such an important show to so many Australians,” he said. “It’s a privilege to follow on from Kochie. He leaves behind a legacy of honesty, humility and a whole lot of fun, and I can’t wait to continue adding to that.</p> <p dir="ltr">“A big thank you to the Seven executive team, in particular James Warburton and Craig McPherson, for backing me to do this.</p> <p dir="ltr">“<em>Sunrise </em>is a tight-knit team of talented and passionate people who work ridiculously hard - none more so than Sarah Stinson and Sean Power. I admire you all and won’t let you down.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This is a huge life shift for me that will take some juggling at home, and something I couldn’t have done without the loving support of Jess and our kids.</p> <p dir="ltr">“To my new on-air family, particularly Nat, thanks for making me feel so welcome right from the start. Brekky Central, my new home. I like the sound of that!”</p> <p dir="ltr">Seven West Media’s Managing Director and CEO - James Warburton - only had positive things to say, too, sharing that he was “delighted to welcome Matt to his new role co-hosting<em> Sunrise </em>with Nat. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Matt has become an invaluable member of the Seven team since he joined us three years ago. He is the consummate professional, all about the entire team - just like Kochie - and brilliant at his job.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Of course, Matt has big shoes to fill but we have already seen viewers welcome him with open arms during his time on the show.”</p> <p dir="ltr">And last but certainly not least, Natalie Barr had praise to sing for her incoming co-host, declaring that “Shirvo is an iconic Aussie and an all-round great guy. I can’t think of anyone better to join us on the <em>Sunrise </em>couch.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We’ve been working together for a couple of years now and I can tell you he’s interested in people, he really cares, he’s a hands-on dad and husband, and he talks almost as much as I do, so we get along really well!”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Sunrise / Seven</em></p>

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Kochie breaks silence on Lindt Café siege terror

<p>David ‘Kochie’ Koch spared no emotion as he spoke for the first time about how he was tracked down and whisked to safety by police on the day of the Lindt Café siege.</p> <p>The veteran TV presenter reflected on the crippling ordeal during an interview with M’s <em>Rush Hour with Leisel Jones, Liam and Dobbo</em>, which was secured by <em>news.com.au</em>.</p> <p>“I’ve never talked about it,” Koch revealed when asked about the devastating events of December 15, 2014. “It had a massive impact on both Nat (Natalie Barr) and I.</p> <p>“The bloke involved in that (Man Haron Monis) was on our security watch list because he’d tried to get to me a few times,” Koch told the Triple M hosts.</p> <p>Six years before the siege, Monis had approached Koch and other <em>Sunrise</em> presenters as they chatted with fans outside the Martin Place studios.</p> <p>Monis was unhappy with a segment that had aired on the show and he allegedly accused the hosts of being “terrorists” before he was taken away by security.</p> <p>On the morning of the siege, Koch left the Channel 7 studios after <em>Sunrise</em> was over and went to a gym three blocks away.</p> <p>He was working out with a friend when the news of the hostage situation first broke.</p> <p>“I remember I got a call … (saying) ‘can I come to (the gym’s) reception,’” Koch shared.</p> <p>On the other end of the phone was the police, who were concerned that the TV presenter could be one of Monis’ targets.</p> <p>According to Koch, the police told him, “We’re coming to pick you up, take you home, you stay there until we tell you.’”</p> <p>Koch said the events that unfolded “had a massive impact” on him and led him to take his security much more seriously.</p> <p>“I have a car that I haven’t driven since because the police said it’s too distinctive,” he said.</p> <p>During the interview, Rush Hour co-host and Olympic gold medallist Leisel Jones revealed she was very closely caught up in the terror attack, which claimed the lives of café manager Tori Johnson and lawyer Katrina Dawson.</p> <p>“I was actually supposed to be in the Lindt Cafe,” Jones, who was working at the nearby Westpac building at time, shared. “(But) I didn’t want hot chocolate, I chose coffee.”</p> <p><em>Image credit: Getty / Instagram</em></p>

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Kochie addresses the rumours of his “secret hot son”

<p dir="ltr">When David ‘Kochie’ Koch announced <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/the-world-s-best-job-kochie-quits-sunrise">he would be departing from Seven’s hit breakfast TV series <em>Sunrise</em></a><em> </em>after 21 years at the helm, there was a lot to talk about. </p> <p dir="ltr">From the future of the show to the reasons behind his exit, <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/kochie-responds-to-chris-brown-rumours-as-his-replacement-is-confirmed">theories and rumours ran wild</a>, although one thing nobody had seen coming was the attention turned on Kochie’s son, Alexander ‘AJ’ Koch. </p> <p dir="ltr">Kochie had thanked his family - wife Libby and their four children, Samantha, Brianna, Georgina, and AJ - while announcing his resignation live on-air, and circled back to AJ a few days later after reports of his “secret hot son” made the rounds online. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>The Daily Mail</em> had run with the angle that AJ was “just as business savvy as his father”, but that he was happier working behind the scenes than he was having his face on it. And with 12 years experience behind him as general manager for the Kochie-founded and family-run business Pinstripe Media, that much seems true. </p> <p dir="ltr">They went on to note that AJ was the “spitting image of his father at a younger age”, citing his dark hair and full beard. </p> <p dir="ltr">“<em>Daily Mail</em> had a story on ‘Kochie’s hot son hidden away in the family business’,” an amused Kochie informed his friend and co-host, Natalie Barr, during their morning appearance. </p> <p dir="ltr">“His sisters have gone to town on him, let me tell you. Saying, ‘receding hairline’, all that sort of stuff.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Sibling fun aside, family seems key to the Koch clan, particularly with how many times it has come up in the wake of Kochie’s big news, and how his entire decision stemmed from the desire to spend more time with them - and, of course, their financial business. </p> <p dir="ltr">“It's time for me to work business hours and for Libby and I to have a bit more flexibility to enjoy our burgeoning family,” he said in his initial public announcement, “to travel and focus on our family business interests in Pinstripe Media and the Ausbiz business channel.”</p> <p dir="ltr">And his fans, <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/sam-mac-nat-barr-and-lisa-wilkinson-on-kochie-s-departure">rivals and colleagues</a> - while devastated to hear they wouldn’t be seeing his face on their screens each morning - were happy for him (well, <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/i-m-glad-you-re-resigning-kochie-s-run-in-with-a-heckler">almost all of them were</a>), sharing their well-wishes for the TV star and his family in the next big chapter of their lives.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m sad to see you go but wishing you all the best for your future especially time with Liv &amp; the grandkids &amp; PAFC,” one wrote. “Thank you for many many years of hosting <em>Sunrise</em>, I’ve enjoyed every minute.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“Will miss you! Enjoy your decision to keep normal hours with your family,” another said.</p> <p dir="ltr">And one opted to share a personal take on his departure, writing of how “our daughter is 21 and I’ve watched you since the first episode- this [is] how I remember the 3 of you[,] with a newborn and then the next one 7 years later. Congratulations on your retirement and spending time with your own family instead of ours.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Facebook</em></p>

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Kochie responds to Chris Brown rumours as his replacement is confirmed

<p><em>Sunrise</em> viewers are set to see a new face alongside Natalie Barr following the news of Kochie’s <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/the-world-s-best-job-kochie-quits-sunrise" target="_blank" rel="noopener">shock departure</a>.</p> <p>One famous face in particular was <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/rumoured-replacement-for-kochie-on-sunrise" target="_blank" rel="noopener">rumoured</a> to fill his shoes, but Channel 7 has now confirmed his successor has been appointed, with an announcement to be made on Monday, June 5.</p> <p>Kochie will host his final edition of <em>Sunrise</em> on Friday, June 9.</p> <p>The TV presenter, who holds the title of the longest-serving breakfast host in Australian history, will remain a valued part of the <em>Sunrise</em> team and the Seven Network, covering big financial news as a “guest rather than host”.</p> <p>Kochie was visibly emotional when he shared with viewers that he was stepping away from the “world’s best job”.</p> <p>Fellow presenters Natalie Barr, Lisa Wilkinson and Sam Mac posted online to <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/sam-mac-nat-barr-and-lisa-wilkinson-on-kochie-s-departure" target="_blank" rel="noopener">praise and congratulate</a> him on his 21-year run on the show.</p> <p>Following his announcement, Kochie appeared on <em>The Kyle & Jackie O Show</em>.</p> <p>Sandilands asked Kochie if there was any truth to the rumour that ABC presenter Stan Grant, who <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/surprise-new-contender-to-replace-stan-grant" target="_blank" rel="noopener">recently resigned </a>from hosting Q+A, would be taking over his role.</p> <p>“Um, no, I don’t think so,” he replied.</p> <p>Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson proceeded to speculate over who is and isn’t likely to fill the position, including Today host Karl Stefanovic and former Channel 10 star Dr Chris Brown, who is making his way to <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/the-doctor-is-out-chris-brown-changes-the-script" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Seven in July 2023</a>.</p> <p>“Well, it’s obvious they’re not going to take Karl,” Sandilands teased.</p> <p>“And it’s not going to be Dr Chris Brown either, is it?” Henderson asked, to which Kochie just laughed.</p> <p>“No, you can’t put a vet on there,” Sandilands joked. “How insulting. That’s like saying Mr Whippy’s gonna come and take over my job, like come on man, that’s ridiculous.”</p> <p>When pushed for a clue as to who his replacement might be, Kochie told the hosts that there is “plenty of great talent working on Sunrise”.</p> <p>“Look, to use football parlance, I’ve talked to the list managers, it’s time for the next generation to come through and they've got a lot to choose from,” he said.</p> <p>“All will be revealed next Monday, and then I leave on Friday.”</p> <p>Kochie also shared he won’t be moving back to his hometown of Adelaide when he finishes up with <em>Sunrise</em>.</p> <p>“I will stay here in Sydney,” he said. “Our kids are here, grandkids are here, and our family business is here.”</p> <p>In a statement from Channel Seven Kochie explained that he believes it’s time to change his routine after spending 21 years of waking up at the crack of dawn.</p> <p>“I know I'm going to miss it enormously, but it's time for me to work business hours, and for (his wife) Libby and I to have a bit more flexibility to enjoy our burgeoning family, to travel and focus on our family business interests in Pinstripe Media and the Ausbiz business channel,” he said.</p> <p>“As everyone knows, I'm a finance nerd so you'll still see me pop up every so often on RBA board meeting days or covering other big financial news, but as a guest rather than host.</p> <p>“Coming up to 20 consecutive years as Australia's most-watched breakfast show is a nice moment to exit stage left with an enormous sense of pride and gratitude. Thank you for the privilege.”</p> <p><em>Image credit: Instagram</em></p>

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"I'm glad you're resigning": Kochie's run-in with a heckler

<p>David Koch has shared the details of a nasty altercation he had with a stranger after announcing his departure from <em>Sunrise</em>. </p> <p>Kochie <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/the-world-s-best-job-kochie-quits-sunrise" target="_blank" rel="noopener">announced</a> on Monday that he would be leaving the Channel Seven breakfast show after 20 years in the hosting chair. </p> <p>The response to his shock resignation has been mostly positive and supportive, as famous friends and loyal viewers have flooded online spaces with well wishes for the veteran TV presenter. </p> <p>However, Kochie shared that after taping had finished for Monday morning's show, he was approached by a heckler on the street while walking with his wife, Libby.</p> <p>“In all of that lovely euphoria, this is just life, I’m walking to lunch with Lib and walked by a bloke and he goes, ‘I’m glad you’re resigning, you are just a paid mouthpiece for Big Pharma’,” Koch said.</p> <p>“An anti-vaxxer. He started yelling at me across the road. Lib’s going ‘What the hell?’.”</p> <p>Koch’s co-host Natalie Barr said, “We take the good with the bad, and we know that.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Kochie has thanked all the well-wishers who responded to the news he is leaving Sunrise, before revealing one random heckler gave him a send-off to forget! <a href="https://twitter.com/kochie_online?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@kochie_online</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/kochie?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#kochie</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sunriseon7?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#sunriseon7</a> <a href="https://t.co/uhUhxONeNN">pic.twitter.com/uhUhxONeNN</a></p> <p>— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) <a href="https://twitter.com/sunriseon7/status/1663321697208918018?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 29, 2023</a></p></blockquote> <p>Speaking to <a href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/morning-shows/david-koch-reveals-he-was-brutally-sledged-in-street-after-quitting-sunrise/news-story/551069985f00f3a4909a32502b4aae91" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>news.com.au</em></a>, Koch said that after decades in the game, he was okay with not pleasing everybody.</p> <p>“Yes, we all have faults. I’ve stuffed up and people love me or hate me, but what they see is what they get, and I think they respect that even if they disagree with your views,” he said.</p> <p>“It’s a really intimate relationship with the viewers.”</p> <p>Despite the heckler, Kochie went on to say he had received a lot of kind messages, with one of the nicest tributes coming form his breakfast TV show rival Karl Stefanovic. </p> <p>“A wonderful, classy, respectful [message] from Karl Stefanovic was so nice, really adored that one,” he said on-air.</p> <p>“But so many great messages.”</p> <p><em>Image credits: Sunrise</em></p> <div class="media image" style="caret-color: #000000; color: #000000; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration: none; box-sizing: inherit; display: flex; flex-direction: column; align-items: center; width: 705.202209px; margin-bottom: 24px; max-width: 100%;"> </div>

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