Speaking The Kyle and Jackie O Show On Tuesday, the 58-year-old said he was not in the running for the co-hosting job at Sunrise, regarded as one of Channel Seven’s most high-profile and important roles.
The network has not yet announced who will replace the 66-year-old Koch when he retires at the end of next year, but possible candidates include fill-in host Matt Shirvington and Weekend Sunrise anchor Matt Doran.
Larry Emdur (left, with Kylie Gillies) has denied rumors he could replace David Koch at Sunrise, insisting he’s happy fronting The Morning Show and doesn’t want the promotion
Rumors also surfaced this week that Dr. Chris Brown could be a contender for the role, having jumped from Channel 10 to Seven.
When asked by radio host Kyle Sandilands if he was in the running for Koch’s job, Emdur quickly brushed off the speculation.
‘No. The Morning Show is unreal. (I’ve done it for) 15 years,’ he said.
Sandilands then questioned him about rumors that famed vet Brown was being groomed to succeed Koch, and Emdur said that wasn’t happening either.
When Emdur (pictured on the set of The Chase Australia) was asked on Tuesday on The Kyle and Jackie O Show if he was in the running for Koch’s job, he quickly brushed off the speculation.
“What, is Chris going to sit there for three in the morning talking about sick dogs? How does that work?’ he said.
Koch is planning his retirement, but pledged in October to stay on Seven’s breakfast show for at least another two years.
He signed a contract extension keeping him until the end of 2024, but negotiated “more flexibility” in his schedule.
Seven has not yet announced who will replace Koch (pictured) when he retires at the end of next year, but possible candidates include Matt Shirvington and Matt Doran
He signed the deal on October 19 during a meeting with Seven Network CEO James Warburton, expressing his interest in retiring.
Warburton was able to convince Koch to put his retirement plans on hold for another two years, but agreed to put a contract in place that would allow the long-serving presenter to “take more breaks from the show as per his requirements,” it reported. The Australian.
This is in addition to Koch’s already relaxed work schedule, in which he hosts Sunrise four days a week and takes Fridays off.
Kerry Stokes, the billionaire chairman of the Seven Network, is said to have played a “critical role” in Koch’s contract renegotiations.
Koch is planning his retirement, but pledged in October to stay with Channel Seven’s breakfast show for at least another two years with a flexible schedule. (He’s seen here at the 2019 Logie Awards with Samantha Armytage, Natalie Barr, and Mark Beretta)
Now that Koch has gained more “flexibility” with his schedule, he hopes to spend more time with his wife Libby and focus on his businesses Ausbiz TV and Pinstripe Media.
“I’m thankful to James and Kerry Stokes for going about it this way,” Koch said.
“I had long conversations with both of them and they asked me if there was a way to come up with a plan that would give you the flexibility you want, and give you a connection to the network and a continued focus on Sunrise. I love it dearly. So I’m lucky to have the best of all worlds.’
He signed the deal on October 19 during a meeting with Seven Network CEO James Warburton, expressing his interest in retiring. (Pictured with co-host Natalie Barr)
News of Koch’s two-year contract extension came after sources told the Daily Mail Australia he was seriously considering retiring, but the prospect of covering King Charles’s coronation at Westminster Abbey in May.
Unparalleled in its splendor, the coronation, on May 6, will be the first in Britain for 70 years and is regarded as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those working in the media.
Major networks around the world are already preparing their coverage of the event with top presenters and journalists clamoring for their place in history.
Meanwhile, seven bosses would understandably be keen on Koch staying with Sunrise, which he began hosting in 2002 as a substitute.
Since then, the show has pretty much slaughtered Nine rival Today, every viewing year since 2004 and every week since 2018 in the metro market of five cities.
Koch (pictured with former host Mel Doyle) helped Sunrise slaughter Nine’s Today show, winning every viewing year since 2004 and every week in the Five Cities market since 2018