Let’s be clear about one thing: we are at the pointy end of the year when decisions are being made and the rumour mill is running on overdrive.
After TV Tonight‘s scoop that Sonia Kruger would host Big Brother for Nine, media were falling over themselves to chase the story. It followed a tip the day before on Ajay Rochester returning to our screens.
By about midday the Herald Sun had confirmed the tip (all without any attribution, thanks) and it ran wild on Twitter. They managed to embellish the story with the extra news that Kruger would also be given a daytime role on Nine, leading to further speculation she may replace Kerri-Anne Kennerley.
Today the newspaper says Kruger will host Mornings, possibly with Andrew Daddo. Such a move could pit her against The Morning Show, which she has co-hosted at Seven.
When questioned she told them, “Sorry, I’ll have to speak to you soon.”
Kruger’s own Twitter feed has been silent since Friday.
The Age today also runs with the news, more generously noting: The Dancing with the Stars co-host is reportedly leaving Channel Seven to host the return of Big Brother on Channel Nine. There were gasps in the TV world at the defection, first hinted at in David Knox’s informative TV blog TV Tonight and followed up by Rupert’s tabloid, the one running the brand campaign ”Stories start here”. Knox has excellent contacts and is flattered that his blog is so well read by journalists.
Most media also failed to attribute this site’s recent story on the ABC funding being withdrawn on Top of the Lake miniseries over a casting decision.
Meanwhile another speculative move this week involves Carrie Bickmore, said to be favoured by TEN management to join the Breakfast couch in 2012.
That story was broken by MediaWeek and again re-reported by News Limited today.
“TEN are very keen to have her move across but she has a lot of things keeping her in Melbourne,” an insider told the Daily Telegraph.
Update: A TEN source tells TV Tonight there is no push to have Carrie Bickmore leave The Project to join Breakfast.