Despite her departure from QTQ9’s newsdesk, Heather Foord could return as presenter of Brisbane’s 5:30pm Extra next year with its host Jillian Whiting redeployed to Nine News.
With Extra being pre-recorded, the set-up would suit Foord (pictured), a mother of four, who wants to spend more time with her daughter.
Last week Melissa Downes was announced as Foord’s replacement for the weeknight bulletin, didn’t News boss Lee Anderson didn’t rule out the speculation about Foord taking over Extra next year.
“At the moment, the main thing for Heather is being home with the kids after school,” Mr Anderson said. “We’re tossing a lot of things around and hopefully in the course of next week, we’ll have a few things finalised.
“With regards to Jillian, again we’re sorting through all the positions. We’re having a look at everything, basically, and we’re certainly trying to find something for Heather in the mix.”
QTQ’s summer line-up will see Rob Readings and Eva Milic present news Monday to Friday, and Lisa Backhouse doing weekends.
Despite being beaten by rival Channel 7 for the seven-day news ratings battle, Mr Anderson said he was pleased with Nine’s official end-of-year results, to be announced today.
Extra continues to defeat Deal or No Deal in Brisbane while Sydney and Melbourne stations are looking at new ideas for the 5:30 timeslot in 2009.