2DayFM’s Grant Denyer says female-heavy ‘Today’ lineup will fail
2DayFM Breakfast host and former Sunrise weatherman Grant Denyer doesn’t believe that Nine’s new Today lineup will succeed without Karl Stefanovic.
The show returned on Monday, sans Karl, with Deb Knight hosting the show alongside Georgie Gardner.
Former triple j newsreader Brooke Boney is the new entertainment reporter, while Tom Steinfort is the new newsreader and Tony Jones joins for sports.
“I don’t think it will [work],” said Grant on 2DayFM Breakfast.
He applauded the move, calling it “progressive” and “clever” because they beat Sunrise to a similar move.
“Sunrise’s next move was that they were going to remove the male-and-female combination when Kochie retires — it was going to be two girls.”
But Grant isn’t convinced that the two hosts will be entertaining enough.
“What you’ve got to remember is that breakfast TV is entertainment first — it’s bright lights, it’s bright colours, there’s cash cows, there’s money being thrown at you as a viewer … it’s a poker machine, is what it is.
“So you’ve now got two very experienced, serious, wonderful interviewers — incredible journalists — but you don’t have entertainers.
“… the more colourful you are, the louder you are, the more you win.”
If the new lineup fails to bed in, will they bring back Karl? Or, with one year left on his contract at Nine, could Karl make it on Breakfast radio in 2020?