The host of one of Australia’s most popular public affairs shows, Today Tonight, has resigned.
Matt White is to leave after four years fronting the program, saying in a statement from Seven: “It’s time to play somewhere else – so watch this space.”
White spent much of his career at rival Network Ten on Sports Night. He joined Today Tonight in September 2008.
A statement from Today Tonight broadcaster Seven reads:
After four years in the chair of Australia’s number one nightly public affairs programme, Matt White has decided to leave Today Tonight.
“It’s time for me to take on other challenges at Seven and continue pursuing my number one love – live television,” Matt said.
“I’ve always prided myself on being versatile, and hosting Today Tonight allowed me to see a different side of television under the spotlight of 6.30. It’s been a lot of fun, a lot of hard work and I have worked with a terrific and dedicated team. Bring on the V8 Supercars this weekend, and then a holiday. Then, it’s time to play somewhere else – so watch this space.”
Commenting, Peter Meakin said: “Matt has done a wonderful job on Today Tonight. He is a charming and unflappable host and one of the best live performers in the country, as he proved with Chris Bath in our coverage of the royal wedding. He is equally at home in sport, news or public affairs and he’s as decent a bloke as he is versatile.”
Tim Worner, CEO of the Seven Network, said: “Matt has done an outstanding job as host of Today Tonight. I want to thank him for his unstinting dedication to the cause and the passion that he puts into everything he does for Seven.”
Seven did not say who would replace White as a host for the show.