There’s speculation today that Eddie McGuire might replace Tracy Grimshaw permanently as host of A Current Affair next year. Rumours also suggest Grimshaw, and Michael Usher, could join 60 Minutes. With Tara Brown stepping aside to become a new mum, there’s a vacancy in the offing. Peter Overton meanwhile, could also be replacing Mike Munro as Nine’s weekend newsreader in Sydney.
But the McGuire rumour, which appears in the Daily Telegraph, is already denied by a Nine spokesperson.
“Someone has looked at a lot of dots and joined them to come up with a scenario that is plausible,” Nine spokesman David Hurley said yesterday. “But frankly, none of it is on at all.”
What needs to be remembered here is that McGuire’s stint on ACA for a week in June, while something of a novelty, benefited from a big first night audience as part of a long weekend. But by the end of the week the figures were comparable to Grimshaw’s. Eddie started the week with 1.42m viewers and ended on 1.16m. All five nights were beaten by Today Tonight.
A week later Grimshaw started with 1.20m and ended on 1.24m, beating Today Tonight on the Friday.
Week 24 (Eddie McGuire)
Monday: A Current Affair Nine 1.429
Tuesday: A Current Affair Nine 1.217
Wednesday: A Current Affair Nine 1.231
Thursday: A Current Affair Nine 1.130
Friday: A Current Affair Nine 1.162
Week 25 (Tracy Grimshaw)
Monday: A Current Affair Nine 1.202
Tuesday: A Current Affair Nine 1.248
Wednesday: A Current Affair Nine 1.102
Thursday: A Current Affair Nine 1.063
Friday: A Current Affair Nine 1.247
There’s no doubting Eddie is still a force to be reckoned with on television. I was attended the live Millionaire shows last year and was impressed to watch him walk out, open the show by ignoring the autocue and rattling off a smooth, off-script introduction live to air. Some people are just born with the gift of the gab.
But you wouldn’t put Andrew O’Keefe into Anna Coren’s chair if and when she vacates Today Tonight. These guys are far more effective in other roles for their respective networks (and yes I know McGuire started out in sports journalism).
Whether it’s warranted or not, McGuire is not the most popular TV face in the Sydney market either. If this rumour turned out to have some merit, can Nine be sure it doesn’t wind up with bigger problems on its hands in the 6:30pm timeslot than it has in recent years?
By all means bring back Eddie, in a suitable, deserving vehicle.
Source: Daily Telegraph
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