|Born||4 September 1976|
Bolaro Station, Adaminaby, New South Wales, Australia
|Education||Rosebay School, Sydney|
Charles Sturt University, Bathurst
|Seven 4.30 News presenter|
Weekend Sunrise co-host (2007-2013)
Sunrise co-host (2013-present)
Samantha Armytage (born 4 September 1976) is an Australian television news presenter.
Armytage began her media career at WIN Television in Canberra in 1999, as a news reporter and presenter in Canberra. Following this she joined Sky News Australia in 2002 where she was chief political reporter.
Armytage joined the Seven Network in 2003 after being noticed by the network executives while covering the 2003 Canberra Bushfires. In December 2004, she landed her first major presenting role, filling-in as presenter on Seven News Sydney over the Summer non-ratings period. Following the non-ratings period she had stints presenting Seven Morning News, the national late news updates, and filling in as presenter of Seven News Sydney. Throughout 2005 and 2006, Armytage was a regular fill-in presenter for Chris Bath on Seven News Sydney. In October 2006, Armytage replaced Mike Amor as presenter of Seven 4.30 News. She had replaced Rebecca Maddern as presenter when the network moved production from Melbourne to Sydney. In June 2007, Armytage was appointed co-host of Weekend Sunrise alongside Andrew O'Keefe, replacing Lisa Wilkinson who moved to Today on the Nine Network.
In 2011, she was a contestant on Dancing With The Stars and continued to file reports for Sunday Night, while also being a regular fill-in presenter on Sunrise, Today Tonight and The Morning Show. In June 2013, Armytage was announced as the replacement for Sunrise co-host Melissa Doyle; she began her position that September. In 2014, she presented the makeover reality show Bringing Sexy Back, which was cancelled after one season due to low ratings.
In March 2015, Armytage was accused of racism in an on-air interview, after congratulating a woman for looking whiter than her twin. She apologised after on online petition calling for he to do so was signed by over 2,000 people.
In February 2016, a Sex and The City themed skit on Sunrise with actress Kristen Davis backfired on Armytage. Davis had appeared on the show to discuss her work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, but later on Twitter expressed her annoyance that Sunrise focused on her role in Sex and The City. After the incident, Armytage, who was meant to MC and conduct an interview with Davis at a UN event in Sydney, was asked not to host or attend the event.
In March 2018, Armytage hosted a segment on Sunrise focusing on Aboriginal adoption, during which she incorrectly claimed that Aboriginal children could not be fostered by White people and stated that "Post-Stolen Generation, there's been a huge move to leave Aboriginal children where they are, even if they're being neglected in their own families." Protests were held outside the Sunrise studio in Martin Place in response to the segment. In September 2018, the Australian Communications and Media Authority ruled that the segment had breached the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice, as it contained inaccurate statements and "strong negative generalisations about Indigenous people as a group".
Samantha is a direct descendant of George Armytage, a pioneer British settler in Australia. He received sizable grants of land at Bagdad in Tasmania, and later obtained larger areas in Western Victoria as a pastoral squatter. As a result of much of this land being forcibly taken from Aboriginals by the Armytages and their colonial property managers, they were involved in several instances of frontier conflict. For example, when taking ownership of an area near Geelong in 1836, Charles Franks (a business partner of the Armytages) was speared to death by Wathaurung. A subsequent punitive expion against local Aboriginals apparently served as "a warning to the natives not in the future to commit wanton excesses" against the British occupiers.
The advantages of obtaining vast areas of land virtually for free were soon realised and the Armytages became exceedingly wealthy, owning famous mansions such as The Hermitage in Geelong, and Como House in Toorak. They expanded their enterprise into properties in New South Wales and Queensland, and also into the lucrative frozen meat industry. The Armytages retained their pastoral heritage into recent times, with Samantha Armytage's father being a property manager near Adaminaby.
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Co-host with David Koch
August 2013 – present
| Weekend Sunrise
Co-host with Andrew O'Keefe
24 June 2007 – 11 August 2013
| Seven 4.30 News
Monday - Wednesday presenter
October 2006 – December 2012