Deborah Knight replaces Karl Stefanovic as Today Show co-host on Nine

Nine’s breakfast television staple Today will now be fronted by two women with Deborah Knight joining existing co-host Georgie Gardner from 14 January, filling the void left by Karl Stefanovic.

Former co-host of Weekend Today and 60 Minutes reporter Tom Steinfort will replace Sylvia Jeffries as the program’s newsreader.

The shake-up comes as Nine looks to reinvigorate Today in 2019 after a series of unfortunate events including the sudden departure of Lisa Wilkinson following a breakdown in contract negotiations, declining ratings, the exit of the program’s EP and the recent ousting of Stefanovic.

Melbourne sports presenter Tony Jones will also join the team, along with Nine finance editor Ross Greenwood, and former ABC journalist and Triple J newsreader Brooke Boney.

Beyond this core team, political editor Chris Uhlmann, Richard Wilkins, Laura Vella, Christine Ahern, and Jessica Millward will also appear.

Nine was keen to emphasise the new direction of the program, and its ongoing commitment to Gardner.

“Georgie Gardner, Deb Knight and Tom Steinfort will spearhead an energised and exciting Today Show in 2019,”  Darren Wick, Nine’s director of current affairs said. “We’ve brought together a team from within the Nine family who are already well-known, trusted and liked by Australian viewers.

“Georgie has established herself as one of the most respected presenters on television. Our viewers adore her. What you see is what you get. Authentic, caring and compassionate. Deb Knight is hands-down one of the best interviewers in the country. An incredibly hard worker, she cuts to the chase with every conversation.

“And Tom Steinfort is among the best of a new breed of reporters. His career has taken him from the Melbourne newsroom to A Current Affair, European correspondent for Nine News onto 60 Minutes.

“Today in 2019 has a new focus. But the show will retain everything that’s made it an institution for four decades. The perfect mix to start your day – news, information you can use and fun.”

The refreshed program will be overseen by new director of morning television Steven Burling, who said Australia would love waking up with the new hosts.

“Today viewers expect our reporters to deliver breaking news from overnight and early morning – but our team will also set the daily agenda; unique stories, exclusive interviews and content that will have people talking throughout the day.

“These are serious journalists but also fun personalities, Australia will love waking up with them in 2019.”


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