King Karl’s cut-price rescue bid

Original article by Leo Shanahan, Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 23 & 25 : 11-Nov-19

Clemenger BBDO Sydney CEO Peter Bosilkovski says the return of Karl Stefanovic should generate renewed interest in Nine’s ‘Today’ show, but he adds that the bold move may not necessarily result in a sustained ratings boost. Nine has confirmed that Stefanovic and Allison Langdon will co-host the breakfast show in 2020, a year after the former was sacked. Ratings have slumped in 2019, with new hosts Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight failing to resonate with viewers. Gardner responded to Stefanovic’s appointment by quitting the ‘Today’ show, effective immediately.

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Nine CEO calls in Karl, at a cut price

Original article by Nick Tabakoff
The Australian – Page: 1 & 8 : 7-Nov-19

Nine Entertainment Company CEO Hugh Marks has flagged the possibility of Karl Stefanovic returning as co-host of the "Today" breakfast show in 2020. Stefanovic remains contracted to Nine for another year, on an annual salary of more than $2m, having been sacked from "Today" in late 2018. However, Marks says Stefanovic would have to agree to a significant pay cut if he were to return to the show he co-hosted for 14 years. The ratings for "Today" recently fell to a record low of 155,000 across the five major capital cities.

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Today eyes comeback with fresh co-hosting combo

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: Online : 14-Jan-19

Pete Bosilkovski, the joint CEO of advertising agency VMLY&R, has described as "brilliant" the decision by Nine to have two females co-hosting "Today". Bosilkovski says it will be the chemistry between Deborah Knight and Georgie Gardner that will determine how successful Nine’s decision is. The revamp of "Today" follows the axing of Karl Stefanovic as co-host in December after 14 years in the role, while it is the first time that two women have co-hosted an Australian TV breakfast show.

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Karl exits, Nine eyes all-women Today

Original article by Nick Tabakoff
The Australian – Page: 1 & 5 : 20-Dec-18

The Nine Network is believed to be considering a major revamp of its ‘Today’ breakfast show in 2019, after sacking co-host Karl Stefanovic. Options that are under consideration are said to include having all on-air roles filled by women in order to boost the show’s appeal to female viewers. There is speculation that several other ‘Today’ presenters will be dropped, although they are expected to take on other roles at Nine. The network also recently terminated the services of Peter Stefanovic.

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Nine exposed to potential class action over Don Burke allegations

Original article by Dana McCauley
The Australian – Page: Online : 28-Nov-17

The Nine Network is to investigate sexual harassment, bullying and assault allegations made against Don Burke by female staff and associates. The accusations against Burke, host of the long-running "Burke’s Backyard" show that was broadcast on Nine, were made as part of an investigation by the ABC and Fairfax Media. Roger Singh from Shine Lawyers notes media firms could be hit with significant damages claims if it was found they were negligent in their duty of care in terms of staff that had been the subject of abuse.

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Georgie on $800k to sit next to Karl

Original article by Darren Davidson
The Australian – Page: 5 : 24-Nov-17

New "Today"co-host Georgie Gardner has denied suggestions she initially knocked Nine’s offer to work alongside Karl Stefanovic. Gardner’s much anticipated appointment was confirmed by Nine on 23 November. It is understood that Gardner, who is replacing Lisa Wilkinson, will be paid $A800,000 a year, up from the $A500,000 she currently receives. Gardner previously worked on "Today" as its newsreader for seven years, but left in 2014.

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Today Show: Karl Stefanovic to be joined by Georgie Gardner

Original article by Darren Davidson
The Australian – Page: Online : 20-Nov-17

Channel Nine is expected to soon announce that Georgie Gardner will be joining the "Today" breakfast show as co-host with Karl Stefanovic, replacing Lisa Wilkinson. It is understood that Gardner, who currently reads the weekend news on Nine, will receive a significant boost to her salary as a result. Gardner was previously involved with the "Today" show as a newsreader, but left in 2014. Wilkinson left the show suddenly in October after 10 years, and has since joined Ten.

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Aly collects big in Logies’ night of voter power

Original article by Michael Bodey
The Australian – Page: 11 : 9-May-16

The Ten Network’s current affairs show "The Project" was among the big winners at the annual Logie awards. It took out the award for the best news, panel or current affairs program, while co-presenter Waleed Aly won both a Silver Logie and the covered Gold Logie. Noni Hazlehurst became just the second woman to be inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame.

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Nightly show as Bolt gets bolder

Original article by Michael Bodey
The Australian – Page: 23 : 21-Mar-16

Newspaper columnist, blogger and TV presenter Andrew Bolt will move from the Ten Network to pay-TV channel Sky News. "The Bolt Report" will be broadcast five nights a week on Sky News from May 2016, after previously airing on Sunday mornings on Ten. The new version of the program will be produced by Australian News Channel, which owns Sky News. Bolt will continue to write newspaper columns for New Corp and appear on Steve Price’s nightly show on Macquarie Media radio stations.

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