Could Karl Stefanovic make the move to Breakfast radio in 2020?
Karl Stefanovic‘s axing from Nine’s Today after almost 14 years has left many wondering; what next for the eccentric TV host.
His contract with Nine is still valid through to the end of 2019 but beyond that the future is uncertain.
The extent of his commitments with the network between now and the end of the year are also in limbo, though it appears he’ll likely continue as host of reality show This Time Next Year (the second season of which is set to return in the first half of the year).
So could Karl be transformed from a divisive television host into a radio shock jock? Industry reports suggest he was strongly sounded out by SCA for 2DayFM and Triple M Sydney Breakfast.
There’s little doubt he has a strong male appeal, which for over a decade worked well alongside a strong female presence on morning television.
Perhaps he could perform a similar function as Eddie McGuire does on Triple M Melbourne Breakfast.
Or would he could work better on a format like WSFM or smooth?
On the other side of the equation, Karl’s value to Nine still high enough that they’d be unlikely to let him leave without a fight.
The full new lineup for the Today show was announced last week, with Deb Knight replacing Karl to form a formidable female duo with Georgie Gardner.
Former triple j Breakfast journo Brooke Boney will also join the show, replacing Richard Wilkins.
The new lineup announcement was not particularly well received by viewers on social media, so Nine may want to keep Karl around as a backup in case things go sour.
News Corp reported in 2017 that Karl’s yearly salary was in the vicinity of $2 million a year, with potential bonuses taking it closer to $3 million depending on how Today did in the ratings.
With the recent merger between Nine and Fairfax, maybe Nine could use him on Macquarie Radio?
If Karl makes the jump to radio, where might he land? Let us know in the comments.