Sydney: Channel Ten Mel McLaughlin, the 36-year-old sports reporter, who West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle hit on during the Big Bash Twenty20 in Australia, has reportedly signed a big deal with Channel Seven.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, "McLaughlin is understood to have inked a deal with Seven ahead of the Rio Olympics in August and will be part of the network's presenting team." A Channel Ten spokesperson confirmed McLaughlin's exit in a statement to Fairfax Media.
"Mel has done a great job at Network Ten and we wish her the best for the future. We will be announcing an exciting new addition to our very talented and popular Big Bash League on-air team very soon," the statement read.
Recently, McLaughlin told the Herald Sun's Weekend that she has yet to get over the death of her elder sister Tara, who succumbed last year to a rare lung cancer from a genetic mutation despite not smoking. Tara (39) was a police officer and a mother of two kids.
"I find it very hard to talk about. The cancer she had has such a disgusting rate of death," McLaughlin said in the newspaper's lift-out.