Nine has denied a report in today’s Sunday Telegraph which suggested Karl Stefanovic & Carrie Bickmore would be teamed up on Today to address flagging ratings.
Statement from Darren Wick, Nine Director of News and Current Affairs:
“The story published by News Corporation in its Sunday newspapers and online stating as fact that Nine has approached Carrie Bickmore to join the Network is a lie.
“Nine has not approached, and does not intend to approach, Carrie Bickmore or her representatives about joining Nine as a host of the Today Show, nor in any other role.
“Carrie is an outstanding broadcaster and an inspirational person. She’s terrific. But she does not factor in our plans for the future.
“News Corp’s story is not a beat up – it is completely made up.
According to Nine the reporter was told yesterday by Nine that the allegation was incorrect.
“Yet, News Corporation has chosen to publish it regardless without corroborating sources or facts to support this fantasy. In fact, the story does not contain any sources on the record. And the anonymous sources it quotes will not stand up to scrutiny under any possible legal examination.”
In recent weeks Nine sources have privately expressed concerns about coverage in News Corp newspapers, said to be linked to Nine’s recent ownership of rival papers The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.