Melissa Doyle is 'so proud' of daughter Talia as she celebrates a 'big milestone' 


Former Sunrise presenter Melissa Doyle has penned a heartfelt tribute to her daughter Talia as she reaches a major milestone.

The journalist, 51, revealed on Instagram on Tuesday her 17-year-old daughter had almost finished high school.

‘She’s almost there! So proud of our Talia and all the year 12 kids,’ she captioned a selfie of the pair.

Proud mum: Former Sunrise presenter Melissa Doyle, 51, has penned a heartfelt tribute to her daughter Talia, 17, as she reaches her final year of high school

Proud mum: Former Sunrise presenter Melissa Doyle, 51, has penned a heartfelt tribute to her daughter Talia, 17, as she reaches her final year of high school

‘#HSC is finally underway after a particularly challenging year. All the best, everyone. You’ve got this,’ she added.

Melissa was flooded with positive comments from fellow media personalities. 

‘I have no doubt Talia has got this, Mel. Like her mother always has,’ Lisa Wilkinson wrote. 

Jessica Rowe added: ‘How wonderful. Lots of love.’ 

Supportive: Melissa was flooded with positive comments from fellow media personalities

Supportive: Melissa was flooded with positive comments from fellow media personalities

In September, Melissa admitted it’d been ‘pretty tough’ watching Talia go through her last year of high school during Covid lockdown.

Talia, along with a generation of Aussie teenagers, hasn’t been able to spend time with friends or attend her school formal due to the pandemic.

At the time, Melissa told The Daily Telegraph she felt sad watching her daughter ‘miss out’ on these rites of passage during endless days of home confinement.

Challenges: In September, Melissa admitted it'd been 'pretty tough' watching Talia go through her last year of high school during Covid lockdown

Challenges: In September, Melissa admitted it’d been ‘pretty tough’ watching Talia go through her last year of high school during Covid lockdown

The mother of two said it was also unfortunate her son, Nicholas, had to spend his break from college in America living under lockdown in Sydney.

‘I’m sad for the things they’re not able to do and are missing out on,’ she said.

‘Nick’s come home for his holidays and hasn’t been able to catch up with any of his friends or do anything… and watching Talia go through year 12 is pretty tough.’

Rites of passage: Talia, along with a generation of Aussie teenagers, hasn't been able to spend time with friends or attend her school formal due to the pandemic. Here in December

Rites of passage: Talia, along with a generation of Aussie teenagers, hasn’t been able to spend time with friends or attend her school formal due to the pandemic. Here in December

It comes after the long-serving Seven presenter quietly signed with rival network Nine, just 12 months after losing her job during the Covid-19 recession.

The former Sunrise and Sunday Night host was let go by Seven last August but is set to make her TV comeback in Nine docuseries Australia Behind Bars. 

She will present and narrate the ITV-produced show, about life in three NSW prisons, when it airs in the next few months.

Personal life: Family: Mel shares two children, daughter Talia and son Nicholas, with her husband of 25 years, sports marketing executive John Dunlop (right)

Personal life: Family: Mel shares two children, daughter Talia and son Nicholas, with her husband of 25 years, sports marketing executive John Dunlop (right)

Australia Behind Bars was filmed pre-lockdown at Dillwynia and Silverwater jails in Western Sydney, and Wellington Correctional Centre near Dubbo.

Nine executives were reportedly keen to hire Melissa to ‘rub Seven’s nose in it’.

Other talent considered for the role included 60 Minutes reporter Sarah Abo and former Prisoner actress Val Lehman.

Winter of confinement: Melissa said it was also unfortunate her son, Nicholas (right), had to spend his break from college in America living under lockdown in Sydney

Winter of confinement: Melissa said it was also unfortunate her son, Nicholas (right), had to spend his break from college in America living under lockdown in Sydney 

Mel was one of Seven’s top presenters for 25 years, hosting breakfast show Sunrise from 2002 to 2013 and current affairs program Sunday Night from 2015 to 2019.

She was dropped by the network in August 2020.

Her departure was believed to be the result of the economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which hit Seven particularly hard.

She said in a statement at the time: ‘For 25 years, I have called Channel Seven home. 

‘I’ve had the privilege to share stories that mattered, meet incredible people and be there for significant moments in history.

‘I am incredibly proud of the work I have done and appreciative of the trust and warmth our viewers have shown me. I want to thank the consummate professionals I have worked with along the way, in particular our Chairman Kerry Stokes for his constant support. I leave Seven with a great deal of pride, satisfaction and gratitude.’

Golden girl: Mel was one of Seven's top presenters for 25 years, hosting breakfast show Sunrise from 2002 to 2013 and current affairs program Sunday Night from 2015 to 2019

Golden girl: Mel was one of Seven’s top presenters for 25 years, hosting breakfast show Sunrise from 2002 to 2013 and current affairs program Sunday Night from 2015 to 2019 

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