$800k for Georgie Gardner?

Since Georgie Gardner’s confirmation she will return to Today, chatter immediately turned to her salary.

According to The Australian, Gardner will be paid a base salary of about $800,000, a lift on her current five-year deal worth about $500,000 a year.

While Nine previously confirmed the $1.8 million a year package offered to Lisa Wilkinson, which included $1.3m directly from the network, it declined to confirm Gardner’s fee. Stefanovic, meanwhile, is reportedly paid $2m a year.

There was also some observation of tension on Day 1 of the announcement, when Gardner joked that Karl was “promiscuous” with his co-hosts. Given his recent headlines it triggered a reaction from the man himself. However brekkie show subtext can sometimes work in a show’s favour too and demonstrates why Gardner will be one to keep her co-host in line.

“The Australian public know Karl very well, and they know he’s a larrikin and can be a loose cannon,” she told the newspaper.

“They know that you can expect the unexpected. I’m going into this with my eyes wide open. I’ve sat on the set with him before.

“I like him enormously. We’ve got a really strong, robust friendship where we say what we think. To me that’s just being open, honest, upfront, and authentic. I pride myself on authenticity.”


  1. I’m not entirely convinced by Georgie, she’s very ‘aware’ in a way that Lisa never came across. Lisa was and is far more savy as coming across and both accessible and intelligent.

  2. They read auto cues not perform surgery in an operating theatre .the amount of money these tV types get paid is madness .i for one can not watch these shows all I see is greed.

  3. Gardiner is moving from fill-in presenter on Today Extra to co-host on Today. She isn’t going to get the same pay as someone with 12 years experience co-hosting on Today and who also does other work for Nine.

  4. She played the game well, knowing where the limit was but also knowing there was room for negotiation. She also would have known the slim pickings for other candidates.Good for her – ,$800k is more than enough.

  5. jezza the first original one

    800k for hosting a low rating brekky show is way too much, need to trim Karl’ s $$$ as well to bring his base lower. Going forward there will not be many jobs in hosting, so pay ’em less

  6. For an extra $300 grand a year,I’ll wake up at 3 in the morning again. I’ll even wake up at 2 am if they want and throw my kids out in the street too if they want.hehehe

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