She’s one of the most familiar faces on Australian television but after eight years on The Project, rumours are rife that Carrie Bickmore is preparing for a huge career change.
And it’s not just any change we’re talking about, but rather stepping into a role currently held by comedy icons Hamish Blake and Andy Lee and changing mediums from television to radio.
According to reports published by news.com.au on Wednesday morning, alongside comedian Tommy Little, who she currently co-hosts a daily 3pm show on the network with, 36-year-old Bickmore's name is currently at the top of Southern Cross Austereo’s list of potential replacements for Blake and Lee when they leave the network at the end of this year.
Other potential replacements rumoured to be on the list include Bickmore's panellist mates from The Project, Fitzy and Wippa, who currently host Nova's Sydney breakfast show.
Mamamia has reached out to Bickmore's publicists for comment, but they did not respond by the time of publication.
“She would have to make that hard decision of what she wants to focus on,” Media Week editor James Manning told news.com.au, adding, "There could be room for a continued casual relationship with The Project. Hosting maybe a Friday every week or just doing occasional weeks."
The Gold Logie winner began her career on radio, serving as a newsreader on Nova's the Hughesy & Kate show before moving to Channel 10's now defunct Rove Live and eventually in 2009, The Project.
The risks, however, are huge, with Manning pointing out, “A big TV name certainly doesn’t guarantee an audience — but it can’t hurt.”
Under their current contracts, Blake and Lee take home $4 million a year respectively, but rumours suggest Bickmore would be offered a far more conservative starting figure of $1.5 million.
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