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Sunrise weatherman Sam Mac is said to be quite the ladies’ man

Channel Seven executives were rubbing their hands with glee when Sunrise weatherman Sam Mac crashed rival breakfast show Today’s live broadcast last week.

As Nine Network brass privately fumed over the ‘breach of protocol’, it’s believed Sam’s bosses were thrilled by his cheeky – and apparently spontaneous – antics and couldn’t wait to give him a pat on the back once the cameras stopped rolling.

In fact, Sam is said to be so popular among senior management at Seven that they have big plans for him in the future – including possibly taking on a more important role at Sunrise one day.

Stepping up to the plate: Sunrise weatherman Sam Mac may be the new golden boy at Channel Seven – but there’s one thing he needs to do before he becomes the next Kochie 

But rumour has it there’s one obstacle standing in Sam’s way on the path to becoming the next David Koch: as old-fashioned as it might sound, he needs to settle down and find Mrs Mac.

Despite being a squeaky-clean housewives’ favourite, sources say Sam is quite the ladies’ man and that getting married would do wonders for his image.

He was once pictured at the Melbourne Cup getting close to a mystery brunette, in the sort of scene that would have had Seven’s publicity department cringing.

Golden boy: Sam is said to be so popular at Seven that top brass have big plans for him in the future, including possibly taking on a more important role at Sunrise. Pictured: Sam crashing Today reporter Aislin Kriukelis' live cross last week, in a stunt that delighted Seven bosses

Golden boy: Sam is said to be so popular at Seven that top brass have big plans for him in the future, including possibly taking on a more important role at Sunrise. Pictured: Sam crashing Today reporter Aislin Kriukelis’ live cross last week, in a stunt that delighted Seven bosses

And he did little to quell rumours of his fondness for the fairer sex when he cosied up to rising Channel 10 star Liv Phyland on Instagram earlier this week.

While being called a ‘ladies’ man’ is hardly an outrageous slur for a handsome, well-liked TV star, his bachelor status might hold him back when it comes to his career.

There may be some exceptions, but having a wife and kids is considered almost essential to anchoring a network breakfast show these days.

Kochie, for example, has been married to wife Libby for four decades, and being a family man is considered an integral part of his avuncular public persona. 

Karl Stefanovic was happily married to TV producer Cassandra Thorburn at the time he ascended to host of the Today show.

His separation from Cass in 2016 was blamed for a sharp downturn in ratings, which Today didn’t recover from until after he remarried shoe designer Jasmine Yarbrough. 

Sammy wants a wife! Rumour has it there's one obstacle standing in Sam's way on the path to becoming the next David Koch: as old-fashioned as it might sound, he needs to settle down and find Mrs Mac

Sammy wants a wife! Rumour has it there’s one obstacle standing in Sam’s way on the path to becoming the next David Koch: as old-fashioned as it might sound, he needs to settle down and find Mrs Mac

Remember this? Despite being a squeaky-clean housewives' favourite, sources say Sam is quite the ladies' man. He was once pictured at the Melbourne Cup getting close to a mystery brunette, in the sort of scene that would have had Seven's publicity department cringing

Remember this? Despite being a squeaky-clean housewives’ favourite, sources say Sam is quite the ladies’ man. He was once pictured at the Melbourne Cup getting close to a mystery brunette, in the sort of scene that would have had Seven’s publicity department cringing

Making friends, Sam? He did little to quell rumours of his fondness for the fairer sex when he cosied up to rising Channel 10 star Liv Phyland on Instagram earlier this week

Making friends, Sam? He did little to quell rumours of his fondness for the fairer sex when he cosied up to rising Channel 10 star Liv Phyland on Instagram earlier this week

If rumours that Sam is being groomed for a top position at Seven are to be believed, there must be some pressure from above for him to get hitched.

Executives were so thrilled by his last serious relationship, with communications specialist Elle Whittaker, that it was even mentioned on Sunrise back in March.

His colleagues joked that his girlfriend didn’t exist, and he proved that they were in fact together by proudly sharing a photo of the couple on Instagram. 

Last romance: If rumours that Sam is being groomed for a top position at Seven are to be believed, there must be some pressure from above for him to get hitched. Executives were so thrilled by his last serious relationship, with communications specialist Elle Whittaker (right), that it was even mentioned on Sunrise back in March

Last romance: If rumours that Sam is being groomed for a top position at Seven are to be believed, there must be some pressure from above for him to get hitched. Executives were so thrilled by his last serious relationship, with communications specialist Elle Whittaker (right), that it was even mentioned on Sunrise back in March

Not to be: Unfortunately, they split a few months later, after dating for less than a year

Not to be: Unfortunately, they split a few months later, after dating for less than a year

Unfortunately, they split a few months later, after dating for less than a year.

It’s unclear if Sam is dating anyone at the moment. If he is, he’s kept the relationship well off social media.

The Gold Logie nominee, whose real name is Sam McMillan, has made no secret of the fact his job makes it difficult for him to maintain a long-term relationship.

He previously told the Seven-owned New Idea magazine: ‘A lot of why I’m single is because of my dedication to my work.  

Public image: Having a wife and kids is considered almost essential to anchoring a breakfast show these days. Kochie, for example, has been married to wife Libby for four decades, and being a family man is considered an integral part of his avuncular persona

Public image: Having a wife and kids is considered almost essential to anchoring a breakfast show these days. Kochie, for example, has been married to wife Libby for four decades, and being a family man is considered an integral part of his avuncular persona 

‘Particularly with this role, the travel means I’m probably only home a couple of days a week.

‘It’s the sort of role that it’s not good to look too far ahead because it is too overwhelming. If I looked at the next two months of my schedule I would be freaking out.’

Born in Adelaide, Sam worked in radio and for Channel 10’s The Project before replacing Edwina Bartholomew as Sunrise’s roving weather presenter in early 2016.

Outside of his entertainment career, he is an advocate for mental health awareness and is the proud owner of a rescue cat named Coco.

Family man: Karl Stefanovic was happily married to TV producer Cassandra Thorburn at the time he ascended to host of the Today show. His separation in 2016 was blamed for a downturn in ratings, which Today didn't recover from until after he remarried Jasmine Yarbrough

Family man: Karl Stefanovic was happily married to TV producer Cassandra Thorburn at the time he ascended to host of the Today show. His separation in 2016 was blamed for a downturn in ratings, which Today didn’t recover from until after he remarried Jasmine Yarbrough


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