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Resurfaced footage shows Natalie Barr and David Koch hosting Sunrise in 1999

Footage of David Koch and Natalie Barr from their early days on Sunrise more than 20 years ago has resurfaced – and the hosts look very different indeed.

The pair, who would later join forces as full-time co-anchors in 2021, briefly co-anchored the Channel Seven show in 1999, in the lead-up to the Sydney Olympics.

In the video, which was posted on a media forum on Wednesday, Kochie appears quite similar to how he looks now, but Natalie’s fashion has evolved significantly.

Footage of David Koch and Natalie Barr from their early days on Sunrise more than 20 years ago has resurfaced – and the hosts look very different indeed. (Pictured in 1999) 

Kochie wore a smart suit with a statement yellow tie, not unlike his TV style today. 

As for Natalie, her hairstyle and suit jacket are quintessentially ’90s and haven’t aged well at all.

Her brunette hair was cut into a short bob with a blunt fringe, while her cream blazer had extra padding in the shoulders.

These days, Natalie’s hair has grown out and is often loosely curled and styled, while her wardrobe is suited to the fashion trends of the 21st century.

Prior to Sunrise’s relaunch in 2002, the year Kochie became a full-time anchor, there were various presenters and hosts without a fixed line-up.

The pair (pictured this year), who would later join forces as full-time co-anchors in 2021, briefly co-anchored the Channel Seven show in 1999, in the lead-up to the Sydney Olympics

The pair (pictured this year), who would later join forces as full-time co-anchors in 2021, briefly co-anchored the Channel Seven show in 1999, in the lead-up to the Sydney Olympics 

Other journalists who read the news during the breakfast TV slot included Georgie Gardner, Mark Beretta, Melissa Doyle, Chris Bath and Peter Ford, among others.

Chris Reason was the original co-host with Melissa for the relaunch of Sunrise in 2002, before Kochie was drafted in to replace him when he was diagnosed with cancer.

Kochie’s position ultimately became permanent and he has been the host of the long-running breakfast show for two decades now.

Prior to Sunrise's relaunch in 2002, the year Kochie became a full-time anchor, there were various presenters and hosts without a fixed line-up. Kochie and Melissa Doyle (left) were hosts of the program until she was replaced by Samantha Armytage in 2013

Prior to Sunrise’s relaunch in 2002, the year Kochie became a full-time anchor, there were various presenters and hosts without a fixed line-up. Kochie and Melissa Doyle (left) were hosts of the program until she was replaced by Samantha Armytage in 2013

Natalie (right) joined as host in 2021 to replace Samantha Armytage. She was previously the show's long-serving newsreader

Natalie (right) joined as host in 2021 to replace Samantha Armytage. She was previously the show’s long-serving newsreader

He and Melissa hosted the program together until she was replaced by Samantha Armytage in 2013. Natalie, the show’s longtime newsreader, replaced Sam in 2021.

Kochie recently sparked rumours he may soon retire after he celebrated 20 years at the helm of Seven’s breakfast show.

The 66-year-old became visibly emotional on Tuesday as he watched a montage of highlights from his tenure on the program, as well as several video messages from celebrity guests like Delta Goodrem and Human Nature.

He later spoke of his ‘incredible’ time on Sunrise while his co-hosts Natalie Barr, Mark Beretta and Edwina Bartholomew offered their congratulations.

Kochie (pictured) has sparked rumours he may soon retire after he celebrated 20 years at the helm of Channel Seven's breakfast show

Kochie (pictured) has sparked rumours he may soon retire after he celebrated 20 years at the helm of Channel Seven’s breakfast show 

‘It has been one of the great joys of my life. It has been incredible,’ he began, fighting back tears.

‘You can’t get up winter, summer, the whole lot without doing it with people that you love dearly.

‘Beretts, Nat, Eddy and [producer] Dave Walters, who has been in our ear for 20 years as part of the team, I’m so very grateful.’

‘Thank you for having me for 20 years,’ Kochie concluded.

The 66-year-old became visibly emotional on Tuesday as he watched a montage of highlights from his tenure on the program, as well as several video messages from celebrity guests

The 66-year-old became visibly emotional on Tuesday as he watched a montage of highlights from his tenure on the program, as well as several video messages from celebrity guests

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, the finance journalist thanked the Sunrise team.

‘Thanks for having me @sunriseon7 for the last 20 years,’ he wrote, before listing his ’20 most memorable moments (in no particular order)’.

‘Anzac Day service on the Kokoda Track, climbing Kilimanjaro (twice) and getting lost on the ascent,’ he gave as a few examples.

Other highlights included when he co-hosted Sunrise with pop star Katy Perry and performed with rock band INXS.

While he did not indicate plans to retire, some viewers thought it was a farewell post.

‘Is he leaving?’ one concerned follower commented.

‘Good luck, Kochie… enjoy your next adventures,’ added another, while a third wrote: ‘Time for a sea change.’

The finance journalist thanked the Sunrise team in an Instagram post on Tuesday. While he did not indicate plans to retire, some viewers thought it was a farewell message

The finance journalist thanked the Sunrise team in an Instagram post on Tuesday. While he did not indicate plans to retire, some viewers thought it was a farewell message

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