As Australian breakfast television viewers prepare to bid a teary farewell to Georgie Gardner from their regular early morning routines, attention is turning to just who will fill her large shoes on Channel 9’s Today Show.
Online bookmaker Sportingbet.com.au has installed fill-in newsreader and Financial Review host Deb Knight as the $2.60 favourite to take over the reins from Gardner after she steps down from the Today show next week.
“Deb has established herself as one of Nine’s star personalities since leaving Ten a few years ago and she is the obvious frontrunner,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.
“We see it as a two-horse race between Deb and Sylvia Jeffreys who both have the runs on the board as frequent readers on both Today and Weekend Today and Nine’s various news bulletins.”
Other Nine newsreaders towards the top of the market include Amelia Adams ($7) and Alison Ariotti ($12).
Former Sunrise host Melissa Doyle is an $8 chance, while former Wake Up presenter Natarsha Belling is at $10.
Should Nine decide to replace Gardner with a male, Tom Steinfort is the top chance at $12 with Sportingbet.
Who will be Georgie Gardner’s permanent replacement on Channel 9’s TODAY show?
Sportingbet.com.au market (quote others)
Deb Knight $2.60
Sylvia Jeffreys $3
Amelia Adams $7
Melissa Doyle $8
Natarsha Belling $10
Carrie Bickmore $10
Tom Steinfort $12
Alison Ariotti $12
Chris Bath $16
Amber Sherlock $21
Monique Wright $21
Natalie Barr $21
Wendy Kingston $21
Emma Freedman $26
Charlie Pickering $81
James Mathison $101