He’s been in the driver’s seat for over 15 years, but now insiders are calling time on David “Kochie” Koch’s stint on Sunrise, and word is Perth local media man Basil Zempilas will replace him.
"Basil is basically waiting for the tap on the shoulder and to be told to pack his bags for Sunrise," a well-placed insider told Woman's Day, confirming recent reports there is a Seven shake-up on the cards.
Speaking about Sam Armytage's right-hand man, they remarked, "It’s no secret Kochie’s been discussing his next move for a while, and everyone thinks Basil is perfect for the job."
Father-of-three Basil, 46, who is married to mummy blogger Amy Zempilas, has been "auditioning" for the role.
He filled in for Andrew O’Keefe on Weekend Sunrise in July and has hosted Sunrise alongside Samantha Armytage.
"It’s Baz’s dream gig, he’s always had aspirations to work on morning TV and it will totally suit his personality."
"He’s got the gift of the gab and he’s very good in live TV situations."
Our source added, "I think he’ll be a hit with audiences."
They explained, that unlike reported tension between Kochie and Sam, Baz "really likes" Sam and they’ll work well together.
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