David Koch provides practical advice to small and medium-sized business owners to help cement future growth and success.
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Kochie's Business Builders - David Koch (television presenter) - Netflix
David James Koch ( KOSH; born 7 March 1956), nicknamed “Kochie” ( KOSH-ee), is an Australian television presenter best known as a host of the Seven Network's breakfast program Sunrise. From Adelaide, he began his media career as a financial journalist, writing for a number of different publications before eventually moving to television. Koch has been the current chairman of the Port Adelaide Football Club, an Australian Football League (AFL) club, since October 2012.
Kochie's Business Builders - Controversy - Netflix
In April 2006, Koch walked the Kokoda Track in remembrance of Anzac Day. He was accompanied by his son A.J., his brother, his nephew, fellow news presenter Natalie Barr's husband Andrew, politicians Joe Hockey and Kevin Rudd, and Rudd's son. Their journey was documented for Sunrise and finished with a televised Anzac Day service, during which Koch's group controversially wore T-shirts advertising Seven News, which were prominently visible in the Sunrise broadcast. Koch strenuously denied any impropriety. The company which organised the tour later said the T-shirt labelling was a safety issue commonly used to identify trekkers. In May 2006, Koch and Sunrise co-host Melissa Doyle were acquitted of contempt of court charges in a Melbourne Local Court. The charge arose after the name of a 14-year-old boy was published in a case in which the boy sought an irreconcilable differences order against his parents. The boy was painted as the source of the problem in the media, however the findings of Child Protection authorities and the Children's Court of Victoria that led to the order may not have been available to Koch or the media at the time, due to legal restraints, and have never been aired in the subsequent public debates about this case and the law of irreconcilable differences. The Seven Network and the show's producer were convicted of the offence. On 9 May 2006, Koch covered the Beaconsfield mine rescue live from Beaconsfield when the trapped miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb were rescued. Todd Russell was a fan of Sunrise and had been sending messages to Koch while trapped through rescue workers. After delaying Russell being transported to the hospital, Koch said that Russell invited him into the ambulance where he was given Russell's miner's tag from the safety board at the mine entrance. Koch's claim was verified by the emergency workers in charge of the vehicle. Koch later appeared on the ABC's The Glass House and talked about the incident, defending his actions. On 4 December 2006, Koch told an inappropriate joke on air regarding the then prime minister John Howard's wife Janette Howard and the then Opposition Leader Kim Beazley. To this day, Howard still hasn't forgiven Koch over the joke, and refuses to appear on Sunrise. On 18 January 2013, Koch attracted attention, finding himself the target of indignant women across Australia after he made comments about breastfeeding. The controversy arose after a response to a story about a Queensland mother asked to be more discreet with her breastfeeding at a public pool. Koch commented that while agreeing with the right of mothers for public breastfeeding to do it discreetly is a common courtesy to others. The comment gained angry reactions, with threats that the Sunrise studio at Martin Place would be swamped by up to 800 angry breastfeeding mothers. Koch's comments were condemned by media consultant Mia Freedman. On 16 April 2013, Koch was criticised after suggesting that the Boston Marathon bombings could have an “Irish” link. Koch discussed the aftermath of the Boston blast with a panel. Koch posed the question, “It's [Boston] a very big Irish Catholic city, we've got Margaret Thatcher's funeral coming up tomorrow in London. Is it a really long stretch to think they could be related?” Immediately after his comments Sunrise viewers went on Twitter to complain about Koch's question.