Sunrise host, Natalie Barr, reveals rejection letter from Channel 7

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Sunrise host Natalie Barr recently took a trip to her mother’s home in Western Australia where she found a pile of rejection letters, including a rejection letter from Channel 7. 

The young journalist applied for a job at the Perth Channel 7 newsroom but received a response that there were no suitable jobs for her when she was just 19 years old.

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Natalie read out the rejection letter which said, “Dear Natalie, Thank you for your application. Currently there are no suitable positions vacant here at Seven National News. However I have placed your name on file should something arise in the near future.”

After reading out the letter she said, “keep trying kids, that’s the lesson here”.

After reading out the letter she said, “keep trying kids, that’s the lesson here”. (Credit: Seven)

Natalie continued, “There was a pile of them, basically every television network, radio station and newspaper in the entire state of Western Australia rejected me, (although) I shouldn’t be saying that”.

Her co-host David Koch said, “what a great lesson”. 

Nat started working at Channel 7 in 2008 and was announced as Sunrise co-host in March 2021. 

Natalie’s mother Julie still lives in the family home where Nat grew up in Bunbury. She also discovered wedding photos and a pile of documents and family mementos.   

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Kochie was very pleased when Natalie was announced as co-host and shared his thoughts in a statement.

 “Nat has been there every step of the way as we’ve evolved Sunrise over the past 18 years.

“Our viewers know Nat is way more than just a newsreader. For years she has always stepped up as a co-host, filling in for Sam and I, and spent much of last year leading our coverage of the COVID pandemic,” he said.

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