Kochie opens up about a big step after Sunrise that ‘popped into my head’

David Koch has spoken about writing a memoir after he quits breakfast show Sunrise.

After more than 21 years at the forefront of breaking news, Kochie certainly has a few stories to tell.

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From the mine collapse in Beaconsfield, the Christchurch earthquakes, the death of Queen Elizabeth and the global financial crisis, Kochie was right there to tell the story.

“I’ve done so much and experienced so many adventures that I’ve kind of remembered it for the past few weeks,” the presenter tells 7Life.

“That’s been going through my head a bit.”

David Koch reports from Christchurch. Credit: Seven

For now, Kochie is focused on saying goodbye to Sunrise to “work some normal hours”, focus on his family business and devote more time to the Port Adelaide AFL Club, of which he is chairman.

He will also spend a lot of time with his wife Libby, his children and his large flock of grandchildren.

Looking back on his time at Sunrise, Kochie reflects on the mark he left.

“My personal legacy is that ugly old people with big noses can get a job on TV,” he laughs.

“Because I don’t look like a TV guy, I don’t sound like a TV guy, and I managed to survive.”

However, Kochie’s legacy is also what Sunrise has become.

Kochie reports from Antarctica. Credit: Seven

“It’s the greatest job in the world, such an adventure – if you’re interested in people and curious about people, it’s the best job in the world because you meet everyone,” he says.

“I think what I’m most proud of is that Sunrise is bigger than any single human being.

“And we’ve got people leaving the show and it just doesn’t fall short.

Natalie Barr and David Koch laugh on set. Credit: Seven

“That’s what I’m proud of, that it came out of nothing and we’ve built something of a breakfast institution that’s engaging and real to viewers – and that’s really important.”

“In the beginning, our production office was in the parking lot of the studios in Epping,” he reveals.

“We didn’t even have an office in the building, it was in a removable office in the parking lot.

“That’s what we started with, less than nothing.”

Former Sunrise cast: Melissa Doyle, Natalie Barr, Mark Beretta, David Koch and Grant Denyer. Credit: sunrise

“In the beginning, nobody cared because nobody was looking, and I think that was the foundation of Sunrise, which is the institution today,” he says.

“We were under no pressure at all to be creative.

“We were a start-up, a breakfast television disruptor.”

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Dustin Huang

Dustin Huang is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Dustin Huang joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: dustinhuang@24ssports.com.

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