In 2013, Melissa Doyle left Sunrise and returned to her newsroom roots.
It was a move that would lead her to one of the biggest days of her career.
On December 15, 2014, Doyle was supposed to be reading the 6pm news on Channel Seven.
Instead, she found herself being evacuated from the network’s Martin Place headquarters as a lone gunman, Man Haron Monis, took hold of the Lindt Cafe across the road.
Doyle then had to anchor the network’s news coverage as the siege situation unfolded.
The 48-year-old told Jordan Baker at Stellar, that was the day everything she’d learnt over her long media career fell into place and she felt an enormous responsibility to get it right.
“I remember thinking that the families of those inside might be watching this. The gunman, for all I knew, could have a monitor on and could be watching. My kids were at home, and everyone else’s families,” she explained to the publication.
“There’s that thought that you have to tell people what’s happening, but you can’t alarm them, you can’t draw conclusions because it’s too early. You can’t sensationalise anything because it is frightening enough as it is. I think that was the starkest moment of being really aware of our responsibility in the media to get it right.”
And she did get it right.
Funnily enough, in an interview with Nova’s In her Words podcast, Doyle said she was once told by a news director at Channel Seven she did not have what it takes to be a network star.