Sunrise hosts pay tribute to departing executive producer Michael Pell

Sunrise hosts pay tribute to departing executive producer Michael Pell 2
Advertisement

Sunrise co-anchors Natalie Barr and David ‘Kochie’ Koch bid farewell to the breakfast show’s departing executive producer Michael Pell on Thursday.

Pell, considered one of Seven’s most valuable assets, will move to Los Angeles in the coming days to take up a new senior position at the network.

Daily Mail Australia understands Friday will be his last day at Sunrise.

Advertisement
Time to say goodbye: Sunrise co-anchors Natalie Barr (left) and David 'Kochie' Koch (right) bid farewell to the breakfast show's departing executive producer Michael Pell on Thursday

Time to say goodbye: Sunrise co-anchors Natalie Barr (left) and David ‘Kochie’ Koch (right) bid farewell to the breakfast show’s departing executive producer Michael Pell on Thursday

Pell did not appear on screen, despite having done so when he celebrated 10 years at the helm in November 2020, with Sunrise instead airing a photo slideshow.

Several behind-the-scenes photos were shown, including snaps of Pell schmoozing with A-list celebrities and posing with the presenters at Brekky Central.

‘It’s a bittersweet day here at Sunrise. Our young executive producer is leaving for an exciting new role here at Seven,’ began Koch.

Advertisement
New job: Pell, considered one of Seven's most valuable assets, will move to LA in the coming days to take up a new senior position at the network. Friday will be his last day at Sunrise

New job: Pell, considered one of Seven’s most valuable assets, will move to LA in the coming days to take up a new senior position at the network. Friday will be his last day at Sunrise

‘Michael Pell has been with us for 11 years. [He] has led the show and our team with so much determination and passion,’ the 66-year-old added.

‘He has guided us through major breaking news, that history-making, round-the-world broadcast [from] five countries in five days, show-stopping live concerts from some of the world’s biggest stars.

‘He’s been one of the main reasons Sunrise has been so successful.’

Advertisement
Low-key send-off: Pell did not appear on screen, despite having done so when he celebrated 10 years at the helm in November 2020, with Sunrise instead airing a photo slideshow

Low-key send-off: Pell did not appear on screen, despite having done so when he celebrated 10 years at the helm in November 2020, with Sunrise instead airing a photo slideshow

Barr, 54, continued: ‘I’ve loved every day working with Michael. He’s fun, he is dedicated, he is an extraordinary executive producer.

‘He lives and breathes television news. We’re going to miss him dearly here at Sunrise… Thankfully he’s staying with Seven.’

Koch then joked: ‘He’s the only executive producer that wears more makeup than the people on screen.’  

Advertisement

Channel Seven last month announced the replacements for Pell.

Sarah Stinson, the executive producer of The Morning Show for the past 11 years, has been promoted to the newly created role of Director of Morning Television, overseeing Sunrise, Weekend Sunrise and The Morning Show.

Meanwhile, day-to-day operations at Sunrise will be handled by executive producer Sean Power, who has spent the past decade working for Seven, 2GB and Nine. 

Major TV shake-up: Seven last month announced the replacements for Pell. (Pictured from left: Edwina Bartholomew, Sam Armytage, Michael Pell, David Koch and Mark Berretta)

Major TV shake-up: Seven last month announced the replacements for Pell. (Pictured from left: Edwina Bartholomew, Sam Armytage, Michael Pell, David Koch and Mark Berretta)

Advertisement

Pell is stepping down from Sunrise to take up a new position with the network in LA, where he will effectively be Seven’s ‘talent scout’ in the U.S. sourcing new formats.

His job title will be Senior Vice President, Entertainment Content, North America.

Pell has overseen an extraordinarily successful period for Sunrise – Australia’s No. 1 breakfast show – since replacing Adam Boland as EP in 2010.

He is credited with helping the program, anchored by Barr and Koch, extend its lead against Nine’s Today, hosted by Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon.

Advertisement

The Morning Show is also the leader in its time slot thanks to Stinson’s stellar producing and the successful partnership of hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies, regularly smashing Today Extra and Studio 10 in the ratings.

Wunderkind: Pell (right, with Koch, Armytage and Kerri-Anne Kennerley) has overseen an extraordinarily successful period for Sunrise since replacing Adam Boland as EP in 2010

Wunderkind: Pell (right, with Koch, Armytage and Kerri-Anne Kennerley) has overseen an extraordinarily successful period for Sunrise since replacing Adam Boland as EP in 2010

Stinson, who will begin her new role in April, said: ‘After 11 years as executive producer of The Morning Show and 23 years in television across the Seven and Nine, I am thrilled to take up this next challenge as Director of Morning Television.

‘Through a pandemic, natural disasters and incredible global upheaval, breakfast and morning television have been a constant in our lives, bringing isolated communities together and keeping the nation informed as Australians wake up and think, “What will this day bring?” 

Advertisement

‘It’s an honour to lead the incredibly talented Sunrise, Weekend Sunrise and The Morning Show teams, who have a proven track record in delivering breaking news, great entertainment and shining a spotlight on the issues that matter.’

New boss: Sarah Stinson (pictured), the executive producer of The Morning Show for the past 11 years, has been promoted to the newly created role of Director of Morning Television, overseeing Sunrise, Weekend Sunrise and The Morning Show

New boss: Sarah Stinson (pictured), the executive producer of The Morning Show for the past 11 years, has been promoted to the newly created role of Director of Morning Television, overseeing Sunrise, Weekend Sunrise and The Morning Show

Dream team: The Morning Show is also the leader in its time slot thanks to Stinson's stellar producing and the successful partnership of hosts Larry Emdur (left) and Kylie Gillies (right)

Dream team: The Morning Show is also the leader in its time slot thanks to Stinson’s stellar producing and the successful partnership of hosts Larry Emdur (left) and Kylie Gillies (right)

Craig McPherson, Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs, said: ‘Sarah is the key appointment for this crucial role as we continue to expand and evolve our operations.

Advertisement

‘Her career has been a catalogue of success, mostly driven by her relentless drive to put the audience and her team ahead of everything else.

‘The teams Sarah will lead are the best in the business, both on air and off air, and I’m extremely confident they will thrive under her guidance, adding to Seven’s dominance of the breakfast and morning TV landscape every day of the week.’ 

New role: Pell (pictured with actors Matt Damon and Alicia Vikander) is stepping down from Sunrise to take up a new position with the network in LA, where he will effectively be Seven's 'talent scout' in the U.S. sourcing new formats

New role: Pell (pictured with actors Matt Damon and Alicia Vikander) is stepping down from Sunrise to take up a new position with the network in LA, where he will effectively be Seven’s ‘talent scout’ in the U.S. sourcing new formats

McPherson added of Power’s appointment as executive producer of Sunrise: ‘Sean is an extraordinarily creative and talented television producer. 

Advertisement

‘He’s worked across just about every sector of news and public affairs, earning accolades and awards everywhere he’s been.

‘A fierce competitor and passionate leader, I’m excited about the future with him working with Sarah and the supreme Sunrise team.’ 

Role: Pell's new job title will be Senior Vice President, Entertainment Content, North America

Role: Pell’s new job title will be Senior Vice President, Entertainment Content, North America

Advertisement
Advertisement