A familiar face to Australian audiences as the host of Foxtel’s international travel series Escape, and for his regular appearances on Mornings (Ch 9), few would believe that David Whitehill began his career as a dolphin trainer at Sea World.
Australia was first introduced to David Whitehill in 2002 when he was crowned Cleo magazines Bachelor of the Year.
Capitalising on his success, David quickly signed with the Nine Network, where he hosted the networks then flagship national children’s program Hot Source. David went on to film 400 episodes of the show.
During this time he pulled double-duty, by also filming and presenting Queensland Escapes. For this show, David travelled throughout some of Queensland’s most alluring territory.
Not content to rest on his television presenter laurels, David then moved on to host the hugely successful and nationally broadcast music show So Fresh. David reviewed clips and albums from around the globe, whilst interviewing many of the famous featured artists. For an impressive three years he brought the music world to Australian audiences and interviewed international musical superstars at the Arias, Teen Choice Awards and the MTV music awards.
First appearing on Mornings with Kerri Anne in 2004, David became a regular and favoured face on the show. Covering a wide range of topics, David’s role on the show gave him vast experience in live broadcast. With the program, David also travelled internationally filming lifestyle and adventure stories, and in 2007 he co-hosted the program with Kerri Anne while travelling through Europe.
In 2005 David signed up for Channel Nine’s Skating on Thin Ice. Broadcast to a national audience, the show featured nine celebrities learning to skate, with the ultimate goal being to perform with Disney on Ice, with proceeds going towards children’s charity CanTeen.
David has continued to work solidly as a presenter from his first day on set. He's hosted a series of the international success Just for Laughs, reported on the news based program Brisbane Extra, and has also lit up the screens as a presenter on the travel based Saturday Afternoon.
David’s corporate alignments have also been extensive. He was engaged as the Face of Sea World Australia; and for the last three years has been the co-host of the Qantas Welcome Aboard Program.
Australian travel company Scenic Tours also saw the benefit of David’s profile and production skills selecting him to host and produce two travel specials, which aired to over 4 million viewers. The shows were such a success that David has been further engaged to create a series of 40 travel segments for Mornings.
David is currently the Lifestyle and Wildlife Expert for Channel Nine’s Mornings with Sonia Kruger and David Campbell. With his marine background, animal training expertise, and active, hands on attitude, David is in his element.
David is one of those rare TV personalities who is as comfortable behind the camera as in front, and has built a successful production company and produces amazing content across many forms of media.
David’s broad experience and knowledge affords him access to extraordinary stories and cutting edge content. Having travelled to every continent on earth filming wildlife and travel stories, David is dedicated to bringing these stories into our living rooms so we can all enjoy the wonders we have around us.
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