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Melissa Doyle will focus on her children, 16 and 18, after Sunday Night was axed


‘The older they get, the more they need you’: Melissa Doyle says she will focus on her children, 16 and 18, after Sunday Night was axed by Seven

Her current affairs show, Sunday Night, was axed by Channel Seven as a cost-cutting measure in October.

But every cloud has a silver lining, and Melissa Doyle says she is looking forward to spending more time with her husband, John Dunlop, and their two children, Talia and Nick, in 2020.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly, the 49-year-old journalist revealed that her whole family is focusing on their next stage of their lives.

Every cloud has a silver lining! Melissa Doyle (left) is looking forward to spending more time with her husband, John Dunlop, and their two children, Talia and Nick (right), after Sunday Night was cancelled by Channel Seven in a cost-cutting measure

Every cloud has a silver lining! Melissa Doyle (left) is looking forward to spending more time with her husband, John Dunlop, and their two children, Talia and Nick (right), after Sunday Night was cancelled by Channel Seven in a cost-cutting measure

Melissa’s 18-year-old son, Nick, recently finished high school and her 16-year-old daughter, Talia, just earned her driver’s licence and will soon begin Year 11. 

‘When they’re little, you know that they need you,’ she told the magazine. 

‘But I wish someone had told me that the older they get, the more they need you. It’s a patch where they really need us to get them through those next couple of years.’

Moving on: In a wide-ranging interview with The Australian Women's Weekly, the 49-year-old journalist revealed that her whole family is focusing on their next stage of their lives. Pictured with her 16-year-old daughter, Talia, on February 15, 2018 in Sydney

Moving on: In a wide-ranging interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly, the 49-year-old journalist revealed that her whole family is focusing on their next stage of their lives. Pictured with her 16-year-old daughter, Talia, on February 15, 2018 in Sydney

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Melissa said she is excited to watch her children on the ‘precipice’ of their adult lives.

Elsewhere in her interview, she spoke about her charity work which has also seen her collaborate with her teenage daughter.

She began working with World Vision after a trip to Mongolia, and has since sponsored a child and traveled to poverty-stricken locations in Southern Ethiopia, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. 

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree! Meanwhile, Talia will be following in her mother's charitable footsteps as a World Vision Australia Goodwill Ambassador

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree! Meanwhile, Talia (pictured) will be following in her mother's charitable footsteps as a World Vision Australia Goodwill Ambassador

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! Meanwhile, Talia (right) will be following in her mother’s charitable footsteps as a World Vision Australia Goodwill Ambassador

Talia will be following in her mother’s philanthropic footsteps as a World Vision Australia Goodwill Ambassador.

She explained that her mother is her biggest inspiration.  

‘I see how hard she works behind the scenes, I see her perseverance and determination for her goal and how passionate she is,’ Talia said.

'There is life outside this bubble': Melissa and her husband, John (right), brought their children up with a charitable outlook

‘There is life outside this bubble’: Melissa and her husband, John (right), brought their children up with a charitable outlook

Melissa and her husband brought their children up with a charitable outlook. 

She explained that she never wanted her children to feel guilty for what they had, but encouraged them to be aware ‘that there is life outside this bubble’.

Her charity work also helped Melissa put the recent cancellation of Sunday Night into perspective.

Full life: Melissa's charity work also helped her to put the recent cancellation of Sunday Night into perspective. Pictured with her husband

Full life: Melissa’s charity work also helped her to put the recent cancellation of Sunday Night into perspective. Pictured with her husband

While she admitted to feeling ‘disappointed’ by Seven’s decision, she still believes that change can be ‘healthy’.

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She also hopes that exploring new opportunities will keep her ‘fresh’, ‘invigorated’ and ‘thinking’. 

Despite rumours she will be host ‘a revamped version’ of Midday on Seven, Melissa insisted that she doesn’t know what the future looks like work-wise. 

Silver lining: While she admitted to feeling 'disappointed' by Seven's decision to cancel Sunday Night, Melissa still believes that change can be 'healthy'

Silver lining: While she admitted to feeling ‘disappointed’ by Seven’s decision to cancel Sunday Night, Melissa still believes that change can be ‘healthy’



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