Nine has announced the new line-up for the TODAY show following Karl Stefanovic‘s departure last month.
This year, Georgie Gardner will be joined by Deborah Knight to host the new look TODAY in an Australian first for breakfast television.
This follows on from reports in December that Nine was considering an all-female lineup for the new year.
Meanwhile, Tom Steinfort will be stepping into Sylvia Jeffreys‘ shoes as newsreader.
In a statement about the decision, Nine’s Director of News and Current Affairs, Darren Wick, said, “Deb Knight is hands-down one of the best interviewers in the country. An incredibly hard-worker, she cuts to the chase with every conversation.”
He continued, “Tom Steinfort is among the best of a new breed of reporters. His career has taken him from the Melbourne newsroom to A Current Affair, European correspondent for Nine News and onto 60 Minutes.”
The hosts will be joined by legendary Melbourne sports presenter Tony Jones, Nine finance editor Ross Greenwood and former ABC journalist and Triple J newsreader Brooke Boney as entertainment reporter alongside Richard Wilkins.
A few other changes were announced.
David Campbell will be hosting Weekend TODAY, joining Allison Langdon, Jayne Azzopardi and Clint Stanaway.
So he’s not working seven days a week, Campbell will co-host TODAY Extra with Sonia Kruger on Mondays to Wednesdays, with Richard Wilkins joining Kruger on Thursdays and Fridays.
The new-look team will air on Monday, January 14.
Two weeks ago, Stefanovic announced he would not be renewing his role as co-host in 2019.
“For the last 14 years I’ve co-hosted the best show on television,” he said in a statement. “I can’t thank Nine enough for the opportunity. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be good enough to host this grand show for so long. Thanks to our viewers mostly, you are what matters most. It’s been a tough time. Thanks for hanging in there. I look forward to seeing you in another capacity at this great Network soon.”
On December 22, Jeffreys also announced her departure.
“I’ve loved and embraced every minute of my TODAY show chapter and feel humbled to have worked with so many passionate people — hosts, studio crew, cameramen and producers — who have become my great mates. There are few shows that are fortunate to have such an engaged audience, and I thank our viewers for inviting me into their homes day after day,” she said in a statement.
“I’m thrilled to sink my teeth into a brand new project. Opportunity often knocks when you least expect it and I’m ready to dive right in to what’s ahead of me,” concluded Jeffreys, who started working on the program in 2014.
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