Seven has named Sunrise weather presenter Sam Mac, as the new host of the long-running lifestyle program Sydney Weekender.
The morning TV star, whose real name is Sam McMillan, takes the helm of the travel, food and adventure show, which celebrates its 30th season in 2023, returning at 5.30 pm today on Seven and 7plus, and repeated every Saturday on 7two.
Mac will add to his jam-packed schedule for Seven’s top-rating breakfast program, by exploring his adopted home state of New South Wales the “Weekender Way”, showcasing interesting, informative and affordable ideas to stay, play, visit and eat around the state and beyond.
Leading a team of 12 reporters, Mac said: “Sydney Weekender is an institution. I’m absolutely thrilled to have an opportunity to play my small part in this incredible show.
“It’s such an iconic show with an extremely passionate fan base, who love discovering the hottest spots to visit in our state. I can’t wait to take my partner Bec and our baby Margot on some of these wild adventures.
“I’ve watched Sydney Weekender on a Sunday arvo for many years, so it’s quite surreal to think I’m about to be on it! I’m ready to get out exploring our state, discovering the next hot holiday spot and especially excited about the characters I’ll meet on my travels. Bring it on!,” he said.
Jenny Forsyth, executive producer, said: “Sydney Weekender is thrilled to have Sam Mac join the team. He brings passion, humour and extensive travel experience to the show, and we can’t wait to celebrate our 30th anniversary year with him as our new host.”
Mac replaces Matt Shirvington, who is focussing on his growing 7NEWS and 7SPORT commitments this year.
Prior to Shirvington, veteran TV host Mike Whitney was the host of the life style program. He retired in 2022 after 27 years.
Top image: Sam Mac