It marks a revolutionary move forward for the network – making it the first major commercial television show led completely by women.
In making the announcement, Nine’s director of news and current affairs Darren Wick said of Gardner:
“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.”
He further said Knight is “hands-down one of the best interviewers in the country. An incredibly hard-worker, she cuts to the chase with every conversation.”
There was, however, according to former Today host Lisa Wilkinson, something slightly off in the way the news was reported in the mainstream media.
Warmest congratulations to the fab new team just announced for @thetodayshow of @georgiegardner9 @deborah_knight @tomsteinfort and @tonyjones9 . I sincerely wish them all the very best in the Breakfast TV wars ahead. But as my media studies student daughter noted to me, why oh why oh why, in the reporting of the new team do the ages of the women need to be pointed out, while the ages of the men are clearly regarded as irrelevant? Similarly, Deb being a mum-of-three is considered significant, but Tony being a dad isn’t? I don’t understand. And we obviously have a long way to go when it comes to #genderequity.