Nine has denied suggestions Today hosting team will shift to a trio by featuring Tom Steinfort more….. because the show already has a trio, thank you, in Georgie Gardner, Deb Knight & Steinfort.
The Australian has speculated Steinfort will be featured more to break up the Knight / Gardner duo, as the show continues to trail Sunrise.
A Nine spokesperson told TV Tonight, “Our promos, marketing and publicity has been consistent in its messaging of ‘Wake up with Georgie, Deb and Tom’ since we launched in January. Nothing has changed.”
Meanwhile the Sunday Telegraph also asked news boss Darren Wick whether Karl Stefanovic would return.
“We’ve gone in a dramatically different direction with Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight to where we were with Karl and while we know we haven’t got it quite right yet, we are happy with where we are,” said Wick.
“No one is panicking about the ratings.”
Wick will meet with Stefanovic to discuss his future.
“We will sit down and work out where to from here,” Wick said.
“Karl is an incredible talent. We’ve just got to find the right fit for Karl — and Nine.”
TV Tonight understands any prospects of heading up the US bureau is looking unlikely. He returns to This Time Next Year later in 2019.