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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.

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Today Show's news presenter Georgie Gardner has announced she is stepping down from the Nine Network's flagship breakfast program.

She told viewers this morning she would take up a "broader role" at Nine.

Gardner has been with the Nine Network for 12 years, serving as Today's news presenter for eight of them.

"It has not been an easy decision to leave a show that is an Australian television institution," Gardner said.

Georgie Gardner (left) leaves Nine's <i>Today Show</i> team.

Georgie Gardner (left) leaves Nine's Today Show team.

"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."

Gardner said the change was precipitated by a desire to bring back work/life balance.

"The early hours are punishing and after seven years it’s time for me to catch up on some sleep," she said. "After unwavering support from Tim and my kids I want to give back to them.

"I figure I have limited time of [my children] Bronte and Angus wanting and needing their mother around, so I want to maximise and cherish these precious years."

Nine's director of news and current affairs Darren Wick said Gardner's expanded role would include replacing Mornings co-host Sonia Kruger during her annual secondment to Big Brother.

Gardner would also contribute reports to Nine's flagship current affairs program, 60 Minutes, Wick said.

"Georgie is a much valued member of the Nine News team," Wick said.

"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.