Channel Seven presenter Matt Doran goes MISSING
Channel Seven TV presenter Matt Doran sparked a frantic police search after vanishing during a work assignment. Channel Seven presenter Matt Doran goes MISSING
The network dispatched the high-profile Sydney journalist to the Hunter Valley on Monday to cover the horror bus crash that claimed the lives of 10 wedding guests in Greta over the long weekend.
But the star reporter failed to show up for his spot on Sunrise on Tuesday morning, with insiders saying his producer then went to find him at his Singleton hotel – only for knocks on his room door to go unanswered.
Worried colleagues subsequently contacted police, who issued a missing persons alert across the region.
‘Earlier today officers from Port Stephens Hunter Police District received a concern for welfare report for a 40-year-old man,’ NSW Police told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Officers conducted inquiries and located a man a short time later. There is no further police action.’
A Channel Seven insider told Daily Mail Australia Doran’s wife Kendall Bora, an executive producer for Channel Nine’s Today show, abruptly left work to head to the area to search for her husband.
‘Matt Doran didn’t show for work today. That’s a fact,’ a source told Daily Mail Australia.
News reporter Liam Tapper appeared live on air from Cessnock on Sunrise on Tuesday morning. It remains unclear if he was already scheduled for that time slot or whether he was acting as Doran’s replacement.
The incident comes just weeks after Doran listed his lavish two-bedroom Bellevue Hill apartment, in Sydney’s ritzy eastern suburbs, for sale.
The home is set to be auctioned by BresicWhitney on June 24 with a price guide of $1.8million.
Doran, who started his career as a police reporter at the Herald Sun, joined the Seven network in 2017 after spending almost eight years in Network Ten’s newsroom.
Two years later, he was promoted to his current role as co-host of Weekend Sunrise – alongside Monique Wright – after intermittently filling in for breakfast program star David Koch.
During his time at the broadcaster, Doran has not been a stranger to controversy – having infamously made global headlines after a disastrous interview with British Grammy-award singer Adele in November 2021.
The journalist had been dispatched to London with a Seven crew for an exclusive interview with the Hello hitmaker as part of a promo for the release of her highly-anticipated new album, 30.
However, Adele became offended after Doran admitted that he had not listened to the album prior to the interview – resulting in the $1million deal being torn up.
At the time, it was reported Doran had been suspended by the network for two weeks over the incident – however, he later claimed there was no formal suspension and he just took a week off.