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David James Koch

(1956-03-07) 7 March 1956 (age 68)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Other names Kochie, Hooky
  • Television presenter
  • financial journalist
  • Sunrise co-host
  • Chairman of Port Adelaide Football Club
Years active 1980–present
Employer Seven Network
Known for Sunrise (2002–2023)
Spouse(s) Libby Koch
Children 4

David James Koch (/ˈkɒʃ/ KOSH; born 7 March 1956), nicknamed "Kochie" (/ˈkɒʃi/ KOSH-ee), is an Australian television presenter who is best known as a host of the Seven Network's breakfast program, Sunrise from 2002 until 2023. From Adelaide, he began his media career as a financial journalist, writing for a number of different publications before eventually moving to television. Koch has been the chairman of the Port Adelaide Football Club, an Australian Football League (AFL) club, since October 2012.

Early life and financial journalism

Koch was born on 7 March 1956 in Adelaide, South Australia. He trained as an accountant and started as a cadet on the business pages of The Australian newspaper before joining BRW magazine soon after its launch in the early 1980s. He was one of the founders of consumer finance journalism in Australia and created Personal Investment magazine, which made him the youngest editor in the Fairfax Media group. He then launched Personal Investment magazines in New Zealand and the UK. He produced Britain's first "rich list" which started in Money Magazine which he had bought for Fairfax.

In 1988, he launched trade publishing group Australian Financial Press in a joint venture with Fairfax. AFP went on to create Business Magazine, New Accountant and Money Management magazines.

He provides business and financial commentary for several publications, including Pacific Magazines, Yahoo Finance and the "Your Money" section of News Ltd newspapers.

Koch was a director of the NSW Small Business Development Corporation Ltd for eight years after its inception in 1996. As a former business owner and operator and now director of Pinstripe Media Pty Ltd, he speaks regularly at corporate events about small business, finance and investment issues.

Koch has presented over 100 episodes of a weekly small business program on the Seven Network, Kochie's Business Builders, which helps private business owners improve their business. The program is produced by Koch's company Pinstripe Media.

In 2007, Koch launched Pinstripe Media, a video production and content marketing agency that manages a network of sites including Startup Daily, Flying Solo and Kochie's Business Builders.

In 2013, Koch launched KBB Digital, a digital marketing agency for small business which is an extension of the 'Kochie's Business Builders' brand.

In 2020, in partnership with Kylie Merritt, Koch launched ausbiz, an Australian business and finance streaming platform.

Television career


Koch was co-host of Seven Network's Sunrise breakfast program for 21 years, from 2002 until 2023. He was initially hired to replace Chris Reason who stepped down after a cancer diagnosis towards the end of 2002; however, his position later became permanent. He and his original co-host, Melissa Doyle, hosted the program over a period that saw viewer ratings grow until Sunrise became the leading breakfast television show in Australia.

In August 2022, the Seven Network released a statement declaring Sunrise had won the breakfast TV ratings in its timeslot for the 19th year in a row.

Koch announced on 28 May 2023 that he would leave the program to spend time with family and to manage the Port Adelaide Football Club. After a 21-year tenure, he is Australia's longest-serving breakfast television host, having broadcast 16,000 hours of live TV across 5,300 shows, and conducted 50,000 interviews. Matt Shirvington was announced as his replacement on 5 June 2023. His last broadcast was on 9 June 2023.


Koch also co-hosted another Seven Network production, Where Are They Now?, also with then-Sunrise co-host Melissa Doyle. He also hosts a show for small businesses, Kochie's Business Builders, which airs on Sundays on the Seven Network.

He has also co-hosted Seven Network's annual Christmas TV special Carols in the Domain eight times between 2014 and 2022.


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Koch interviewing singer Ed Sheeran

Koch was nominated for a silver Logie in 2004 and 2005 for Best TV Presenter.

Koch has written several practical books on family and business financial management and published a book of jokes compiled from his daily joke segment on TV. The book was parodied in an episode of The Chaser's War on Everything where reading jokes from "Kochie" was the only thing that got a laugh at a stand-up comedy club. In a survey conducted by Money Management newspaper, his peers recognised him as one of the 10 most influential people of all time in the financial services industry. There may be a conflict of interest in this recognition he received from Money Management newspaper given he set up the publication via his trade publishing group Australian Financial Press (see above).

Koch was frequently parodied on the television show Comedy Inc., in which he was played by Paul McCarthy. Reader's Digest listed him in the top 50 Most Trusted Australians.

In 2007, readers of Banking and Finance Magazine voted Koch Australia's Best Finance Journalist while the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia presented him with the "Small Business Champion award" in recognition of his support of Australian small business.

Koch was named 2007 Australian Father of the Year by the Australian Father's Day Council on 31 August 2007.

He appeared on Australian soap opera Home and Away in 2007 and appeared on All Saints in 2004 as an Elvis impersonator.

David Koch, Port Adelaide AGM, 31 January 2020
David Koch speaking at the Port Adelaide Football Club AGM in January 2020.

Koch was the number one ticket-holder of Australian Football League team Port Adelaide Football Club from 2007, jointly with Australian model and actress Teresa Palmer in 2009.

Koch also played the voice of the "Australian Newsreader" in the 2009 DreamWorks film, Monsters vs. Aliens.

He has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro twice to raise money for charity and walked the Kokoda Track.

On 2 October 2012, Koch was announced as the chairman of the Port Adelaide Football Club a position he started at the beginning of 2013, succeeding Brett Duncanson.

In October 2014, Koch launched his website rescue competition (Rescue My Website), to help change the digital lives of 3 Australian small businesses.


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David Koch Twitter

Inspiring time with kids from @YOTSAustralia unveiling their welcome totems at Koch Centre For Youth Macquarie Fields

24 March 2015

Koch is a patron of Youth Off The Streets' Koch Centre For Youth and Learning in Sydney's Macquarie Fields, which opened in 2011.

He has also been involved with the Channel Seven Perth Telethon, an annual event raising money for charities, including the Perth Children's Hospital and Melbourne's Good Friday Appeal, raising money for the Royal Children's Hospital. Koch has been involved in 13 consecutive Good Friday Appeal fundraisers.

Through a Sunrise campaign and his involvement in ShareLife, Koch influenced the federal government to establish a national authority (the Organ & Tissue Authority) to oversee Australia's organ transplant system. Previously Australia had the highest level of registered organ donors per head of population in the world but one of the lowest transplant rates. The new national authority aims to bring Australian transplant rates up to world's best practice. Koch was Chairman of the 'Organ and Tissue Authority Advisory Council' but resigned on-air, during a Sunrise broadcast on 27 May 2015, in protest over a government review of organ donation. Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash had failed to advise him about the review.

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