Nine reveals new Today host replacing Lisa Wilkinson

Former Today news presenter Georgie Gardner will return to the show as host

Georgie Gardner and Sylvia Jeffreys

Nine has announced that Georgie Gardner will be the new co-host of Nine’s Today show alongside Karl Stefanovic.

Gardner – who was previously part of the Today lineup presenting news for seven years until 2014 – will join Stefanovic, news presenter Sylvia Jeffreys, sports presenter Tim Gilbert, entertainment editor Richard Wilkins, weather presenter Natalia Cooper and finance editor Ross Greenwood next year.

Gardner said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the Today team. It is one of the few roles of this calibre on Australian television. It’s not lost on me what a huge honour and great privilege it is. It’s come at the right time in terms of where my family is at, and I have their full support. It’s an amazing opportunity. I’m really excited to be back working alongside the most talented team in the business and reconnecting with Today viewers.”

Stefanovic said: “It’s great to have Georgie back. I think the best thing about her is her heart. Viewers know she cares. She is connected to what other mums are going through and really feels for them – and she’s got a wicked sense of humour. She’s also very committed to making sure information is right. In an age where it’s not in a lot of news sources, that’s a great attribute to have.”

Nine Network Director of Morning Television Mark Calvert said: “There’s no better person on Australian TV than Georgie. Ever since she left, viewers have been asking me when she’s coming back. Well, here she is, and I couldn’t be happier. She’s the total package: a brilliant broadcaster, a great journalist and a top woman.”

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