Towering in both stature and experience, Weekend Sunrise is thrilled to announce journalist, broadcaster and sports commentator Basil Zempilas as the newest member of the team.
From Saturday, the father-of-three takes on the role of co-host alongside long-time friend and colleague, Monique Wright.
Basil will be no stranger to Weekend Sunrise viewers, with his broadcasting roles for the Seven Network’s coverage of AFL, the Australian Open, Olympic Games, Racing and more.
Commenting on his new role, Basil said: "For years I've watched and thought how much fun it would be to be part of the Weekend Sunrise team.
“Turns out I was right. I've loved every moment filling in on the show over the last six months and I can't wait to work alongside Monique every weekend."
Monique added: “We needed a lanky uncle who is mad about sport in the family, now we’ve got him! Basil is a tower of a person – literally. His wonderfully generous and fun personality is matched only by his 6ft 5 frame. His energy and knowledge over a wide range of areas will be a wonderful addition to the Weekend Sunrise family.
“We have known each other for more than 20 years and are firm friends, so I’m really looking forward to sharing the desk with such a brilliant person. His self-deprecating humour is simply a joy and he has already given me permission to rib him about everything... so this is going to be a lot of fun!”
Seven Network Director of News and Public Affairs, Craig McPherson, said: “Basil is a bundle of energy on and off screen. He has a serious passion for news and everyday issues which will no doubt come to the fore in his new role. He has many strings to his bow which have been relatively untapped. He’ll excel alongside Monique and the terrific team at his new home on Weekend Sunrise.”
This year marks Basil’s 25th year in the media industry. Basil will continue his role as sports anchor for Seven News Perth and his commentary duties on Seven’s AFL coverage around his Weekend Sunrise commitments. Basil also co-hosts the popular 6PR Breakfast Show with Steve Mills.
Next month, he will lead the call alongside Ian Thorpe and Giaan Rooney for Seven’s coverage of the swimming at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.