Sunrise boss: Unlike Today we’re not going for the old school thinking of running dead over summer

The boss of Seven’s Sunrise has suggested that rival show Today is behind the times by allowing its A-team of hosts to take an extended summer break.

Sunrise – which kept familiar faces on screen throughout the non-ratings period has been trouncing Today in the ratings.

Sunrise Ep Michael Pell’s comments followed new Today Ep Neil Breen almost admitting defeat by telling today’s Sydney Confidential that “Seven have played it well” in keeping Melissa Doyle and David Koch on air. Doyle stayed on until Christmas and Koch returned immediately afterwards.

“(Doyle and) Koch have done the hard yards over summer while Channel 9 has made the decision to let Karl (Stefanovic) and Lisa (Wilkinson) have a break,” he said. “I’ve been on the job five weeks and in that time Karl hasn’t been on air at all.”

Pell would not directly comment on what Breen has to

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