They could and probably attempted to, but when they poached Lisa it didn’t really swing in their favour. I can’t see Michael Pell and in fact the whole team moving to Nine on a breakfast TV platform in the near future. In fact the last thing TODAY needs right now is another presenter shakeup.
Nine have put all the pressure on the presenters to perform, leaving the content largely unchanged. Sure, keep the basic elements that their loyal viewers are looking for, but add element/s to stand out.
What that content is, is up to the producers but it needs to say to the audience that things are new and exciting and this is the breakfast show to watch.
Just a random thought could be a competition to find Australia’s favourite breakfast; it’s probably been done before but something like that is a way to get viewers involved and perhaps a few breakfast places might turn their TV’s to Today Nominate a cafe or perhaps your parent or partner; live crosses across the weeks, weather from various cafes. The idea would be content that has water cooler potential. And the prize is live broadcast/s from the winners - perhaps one per metro and regional area.
You need to get past this whole “she has a child” thing when talking about female presenters. Lisa, Georgie, Deb, Mel, Nat, Monique, and I’m sure many others, have all worked that shift with young children (including newborn babies in some cases).
Plenty of men have young children as well yet you wouldn’t give a second though to them working a breakfast shift.
Congratulations to Natalia and husband Carl on the birth of son, Ezra on Monday night.
The point I’m making is that she might have made the choice to not do it (even though we’re only guessing, what happened could be anyone’s guess), unlike Monique, Georgie, Deb, Mel, Nat etc.
Erin would’ve been a good choice though.
Content changes are coming as existing inexperienced producers are gradually replaced with more senior staff.
Huge thumbs down to everyone who keeps suggesting Today and Nine to be a carbon copy of Sunrise. Did everyone forget that it took Sunrise several years before they found their footing? Yes content changes are in dire need at Today, but those will come and with time viewers will come too if the product is good.
I think this is a common misconception.
Markets in Canada as small as 1 million people support 2 sometimes 3 local morning shows running 2-3 hours. And that’s in a far more competitive market than Australia where cable penetration is much higher and fragmentation of the market much higher
Now something like 5 full blown Today shows with all the resources and production behind it - no - but something more along the lines of local news like Today Perth or even the 4pm news is entirely so-able and affordable.
Today and Nine needs a real point of difference
Something like local news shows (today Perth style) from 530-7, then the national today show at 7
530 “Today in Sydney”, “Today in Melbourne”, “Today in the SouthEast”, “Today in Perth”, “Today in Adelaide”
7am “Today” (national show with local inserts)
And a fill in will probably present the “rest of the days news” from the studio. AND Tony will be in Melbourne.
They have no idea.
Only one week together and they’ve separated them…
Seriously? Tony will always be in Melbourne- that won’t be changing anytime soon.
I think Today should be commended for sending one of their hosts onto the ground in Townsville for the flooding. The dam has reached 250% capacity and they are opening the gates overnight and as Today goes to air. It has been flooding for a week with no relief until next weekend. Nine have said that there sttength is news and current affairs and here they are. From a producing perspective, this is key to resonating with the Brisbane audience and solidifying their viewers in that market (particularly if Sunrise don’t have extended coverage).
The separation comment was clearly in reference to Tom not being in studio.
Can guarantee if they decided not to send anyone they would be slammed on here.
I know and I still don’t understand it. One of the hosts, IMO, should (and are) being sent to coverage the news event. It has the potential to be as severe as the 2011 Brisbane floods. The press release was clear in saying that the benfit of having Georgie, Deb and Tom is that any one of them can competently cover rolling coverage.
Seconded. I for one am no more likely to watch some sort of Sunrise clone than I am to watch Sunrise itself.
Monday (04.02.2019): With Tom Steinfort covering the Townsville flooding, Georgie and Deb are reading the rest of the day’s news.