Channel Seven has confirmed the appointment of senior journalist Matt Doran to the network.
Matt this week begins his role as a reporter with Seven’s news and public affairs program Sunday Night, hosted by Melissa Doyle.
He joins the team of journalists including Steve Pennells, Rahni Sadler, Alex Cullen and Denham Hitchcock.
Commenting on his appointment, Matt said: “It’s an enormous honour to join the ranks at Sunday Night, which in my opinion is setting the benchmark for long-form journalism in Australia. Viewers are seeking compelling, gritty, worthwhile storytelling, or nothing at all – and I think Sunday Night is one of the few honest Australian programs meeting that demand. I’m hitting the ground running – we already have a number of major international investigations underway.”
Matt returns to Australia after two years working in the US as anchor of Crime Watch Daily, a daily syndicated true crime news program. He began his journalistic career in newspapers, as a crime reporter with Melbourne’s Herald Sun. Prior to his move stateside, Matt reported for and anchored a number of national news, crime and public affairs programs, including Network Ten’s Wanted and The Project.
Matt has reported from the frontline of some of the biggest international news events of our time including the tsunami in Japan, earthquakes in New Zealand and the Bali Nine executions. He has infiltrated dangerous Asian gangs to expose the horrors of child slavery and organ trafficking, an investigation for which Matt earned the United Nations Media Award for Outstanding Television Reporting.
Sunday Night Executive Producer, Hamish Thomson, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Matt to the Seven Network and Sunday Night. He’s an outstanding news correspondent and crime reporter – passionate, fearless and dedicated to the cause. He joins an exceptional team.”
Doran will remain with Foxtel as host of Crimes That Shook Australia (due to air later this year) and they will run his series Crime Watch Daily starting tonight 8:30pm on FOX8.