‘Eddie Everywhere’ to host A Current Affair
Can I just say, WHAT THE?
Yes folks, welcome to Who Wants To Be A Current Affairs Host?
Leila McKinnon has been hosting all this week, allowing Tracy Grimshaw two weeks off to relocate back to Melbourne. Grimshaw still has one more week to go.
It is unclear why Leila McKinnon, married to CEO David Gyngell, is not in the chair next week.
It is also unclear why no other reporter from A Current Affair or news presenter from the Nine stable has been brought in to helm the show. Ellen Fanning? Mike Munro? Karl Stefanovic has also filled in as temporary host. McGuire did start out in news, but in sports journalism. Surely, if you are a rising Nine news presenter you are officially allowed to feel ignored.
After sensibly resting McGuire for 2008, Nine is about to reinstate that “Eddie Everywhere” tag in one fell swoop.
Nine has been very coy on McGuire’s on air role in 2008, finally bringing him back to air for 1 v 100 last night in the Southern states.
Presumably this is a one-week experiment by Nine to see if Eddie Everywhere (sorry, I’d held off that tag for a while but all bets are off now) can hold his own in a new format. It’s a stunt that will no doubt attract a resurgence in figures, just as a stunt with, say Humphrey B. Bear hosting would achieve.
You also have to wonder how comfortable Tracy Grimshaw is with this move. How does a stunt undermine her contribution to the show? Does it suggest any game show host can front ACA? Pity the poor publicists also expected to defend this as a logical and positive move.
For a network that prides itself on News and Current Affairs it is a peculiar move, Mr. Westacott…
That said, now that Nine has bitten the bullet, I hope the show goes the whole hog. Let McGuire introduce some diet and bra stories. Toss in the shonky builder items and see how long he enjoys doing that. Bring back some studio interviews so that we see McGuire in full flight. Can he hold his own in a debate? Of course. Is he fair and balanced? That’s for viewers to decide.
No doubt from Monday they will all have an opinion.
Finally, as a drinking game, TV Tonight also recommends viewers take a swig everytime you don’t hear the word “boned.”
Additional source: Herald Sun