Basil Zempilas will finish up as a regular Weekend Sunrise host in late September to allow for more family commitments, but will remain part of the Sunrise inner circle.
Perth-based Zempilas, who became co-host when Andrew O’Keefe left in March 2018, has a gruelling schedule and travel itinerary with 6PR breakfast radio, Weekend Sunrise in the east plus duties for Seven in the west including sport.
In pulling back on his commitments he will still appear as a summer presenter and occasional host. Next year he also has Olympics duties for Seven.
Zempilas is fondly regarded by Chair Kerry Stokes and his name has always been in the mix when future Sunrise anchors attract speculation. The move is understood to not believed to have diminished those prospects should David Koch also choose to wind back his role.
Seven, which has been contacted for comment, is yet to announce a replacement.