Georgie Gardner finally gets a lie-in
The Today presenter announces she's leaving Nine's early morning show to take up another role at the network.PT1M38S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-38xls 620 349 May 26, 2014
Seven years of early morning starts will soon come to an end for Today personality Georgie Gardner who this morning announced she would be leaving the show to take up a "broader role" at the Nine Network.
Her departure from Today comes as the show struggles to make headway in the competitive breakfast ratings market, which continues to be dominated by rival, Seven's Sunrise.
Last year Today was plagued with internal problems, including personality clashes between the former executive producer Neil Breen and the show's stars, inlcuding Ben Fordham and Lisa Wilkinson.
Time for a sleep in ... Georgie Gardner pictured with her Today colleagues Richard Wilkins, Lisa Wilkinson and Karl Stefanovic. Photo: Andrew Hornery
Breen is now working as a sports reporter for Nine while Fordham has revealed plans to join 60 Minutes and leave Today behind.
An emotional Gardner made the announcement this morning live to air.
“It has not been an easy decision to leave a show that is an Australian television institution,” Gardner said after announcing it on air this morning.
“Today is a program that has afforded me enormous opportunities and experiences and enabled me to forge lifelong friendships. It’s been a career highlight and a great privilege.”
Nine’s Director of News and Current Affairs, Darren Wick, announced that Gardner will continue with her 6.00pm News duties at TCN9 with Peter Overton and the team.
She will also take up the co-host chair on Mornings with David Campbell when Sonia Kruger is on Big Brother duties later in the year, and contribute to 60 Minutes.
“Georgie is a much valued member of the Nine News team and we welcome the opportunity to have her professional presence in a range of new roles across the network, including reporting on 60 Minutes,” Wick said.
“We love Georgie at the Nine Network and I’m personally very pleased we have her with us as an outstanding member of the news team,” said David Gyngell, NEC CEO.
Gardner added: “The early hours are punishing and after seven years it’s time for me to catch up on some sleep. After unwavering support from Tim and my kids I want to give back to them. I figure I have limited time of Bronte and Angus wanting and needing their mother around, so I want to maximise and cherish these precious years.
"I'm extremely excited about the array of career opportunities at Nine that lie ahead."