Eddie McGuire could be Nine’s key host for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Nine has the rights for the games to be staged in Vancouver, Canada.
Channel Nine is reported as having hired journalist Stephen Phillips to co-write on-air roles for McGuire.
One executive told the Sunday Herald Sun, “Eddie is in the mix to host the games. He’s the right fit.
“It will be at least three weeks before we make an announcement and, though nothing is set in stone, Eddie’s sporting background sees him right up there.”
The games are to be staged from February 12 – 28, timed perfectly for the 2010 ratings season which should commence February 7, and before McGuire’s commitments for the official AFL season.
McGuire’s coup will be a blow to Ken Sutcliffe, who is still likely to have a role in the station’s Winter Olympics broadcasts.
As well as fronting Hot Seat for Nine, McGuire’s next game show Heads or Tails is in development.
Nine shares the Winter Games events with Foxtel.
Source: Sunday Herald Sun