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Channel 10 ‘caught off guard’ by Carrie Bickmore decision to quit The Project

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Channel 10 executives were apparently taken by surprise when network golden girl Carrie Bickmore announced her departure from The Project last week.

Bickmore, 41, was apparently earning a whopping $1.1million per 12 months to host the present affairs program for just three nights per week between 2021 and 2022, making her the next earner than top-tier stars at Seven and Nine.

Ten bosses were ‘caught off guard’ when Bickmore threw within the towel, as they were under the impression Bickmore was satisfied along with her lucrative part-time gig, reports The Australian.

Channel 10 executives were apparently taken by surprise when network golden girl Carrie Bickmore (pictured) announced her departure from The Project last week 

Bickmore’s salary is alleged to be so lucrative that it places her among the many highest-paid TV talent in Australia.

She reportedly earns greater than David ‘Kochie’ Koch, who’s paid about $800,000 a 12 months to host Channel Seven’s Sunrise 4 days per week, in addition to his full-time co-host Natalie Barr.

Bickmore also makes more per 12 months than Tracy Grimshaw, the long-serving host of Channel Nine’s A Current Affair, sources tell Media Diary. 

The Gold Logie winner’s salary was revealed due to a leaked memo at Ten.

Bickmore, 41, was apparently earning a whopping $1.1million per year to host the current affairs program for just three nights a week between 2021 and 2022

Bickmore, 41, was apparently earning a whopping $1.1million per 12 months to host the present affairs program for just three nights per week between 2021 and 2022

‘Diary is assured that details of that specific draft contract got out when it was by chance sent to a different Ten department during Bickmore’s last round of contract negotiations,’ the report states.

It comes amid speculation Bickmore is being primed to take the helm at 2Day FM’s Sydney breakfast show.

Speculation has been rife regarding where Bickmore will go next, with some insiders saying she’s primed to host A Current Affair or could even be replacing Allison Langdon on Nine’s Today show. 

She reportedly earns more than David Koch (pictured), who is paid about $800,000 a year to host Channel Seven's Sunrise four days a week, as well as his full-time co-host Natalie Barr

She reportedly earns greater than David Koch (pictured), who’s paid about $800,000 a 12 months to host Channel Seven’s Sunrise 4 days per week, in addition to his full-time co-host Natalie Barr 

Nonetheless, television industry veteran Robert McKnight believes Bickmore will tackle a much bigger role on the Hit Network. 

‘I do not think she’s going to ACA. Channel Nine has been pretty emphatic that it’s going to be someone promoted internally. Although things can change from day after day,’ McKnight said. 

The previous TV producer believes Bickmore, who hosts the Hit Network’s top-rating drive show alongside Tommy Little, has loads of reasons to take over the breakfast slot from its current hosts Dave Hughes, Ed Kavalee and Erin Molan.

Bickmore also makes more per year than Tracy Grimshaw (pictured), the long-serving host of Channel Nine's A Current Affair, sources tell Media Diary

Bickmore also makes more per 12 months than Tracy Grimshaw (pictured), the long-serving host of Channel Nine’s A Current Affair, sources tell Media Diary 

‘We want to contemplate… [Bickmore is] earning, what, one million dollars for her afternoon [radio] show per 12 months? The query is, is [Bickmore] priming to take over the Sydney breakfast radio show?’ he said.

‘[The current show is] rating like crap. I even have already heard whispers she’s being offered $2million a 12 months to do the Sydney radio show with Tommy Little.’ 

‘Television doesn’t have the type of money that radio does,’ McKnight later added. 

Television industry veteran Robert McKnight believes Bickmore's future lies at the helm of 2Day FM's Sydney breakfast show. She already hosts the Hit Network's top-rating drive show alongside Tommy Little (left) and is said to be earning a million dollars per year

Television industry veteran Robert McKnight believes Bickmore’s future lies on the helm of 2Day FM’s Sydney breakfast show. She already hosts the Hit Network’s top-rating drive show alongside Tommy Little (left) and is alleged to be earning one million dollars per 12 months

Joining breakfast radio would also give the mother of three free time within the evenings to spend along with her family, which is something Bickmore mentioned she was looking forward to in her resignation speech.

Nonetheless, McKnight did note that Sydney listeners may struggle to attach with Bickmore, on condition that she is ‘a really Melbourne personality’.

‘But Carrie and Tommy have a extremely great show! It is actually an enjoyable show within the afternoon,’ he added.

However, McKnight did note that Sydney listeners may struggle to connect with Bickmore, given that she is 'a very Melbourne personality'

Nonetheless, McKnight did note that Sydney listeners may struggle to attach with Bickmore, on condition that she is ‘a really Melbourne personality’ 

Hughesy, Ed and Erin took over 2Day FM’s breakfast slot it January, however the show has did not rise to the highest of the rankings ladder.

The show reached an all-time rankings low in 2021, but has been clawing its way back and hit its highest-ever audience earlier this 12 months.

Yet this system still stays at the underside of the pack, trailing behind Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa and KIIS FM’s The Kyle and Jackie O Show. 

Joining breakfast radio would give the mother of three free time in the evenings to spend with her family, which is something she said she was looking forward to in her resignation speech

Joining breakfast radio would give the mother of three free time within the evenings to spend along with her family, which is something she said she was looking forward to in her resignation speech 

It comes after a Nine Network executive denied rumours Bickmore is joining the Today show following her announcement she is leaving Channel 10’s The Project.

Industry sources said Bickmore, who has been linked to the Today gig on a minimum of one other occasion, will take up the job in 2023 alongside Karl Stefanovic, while Allison Langdon is drafted to interchange Tracy Grimshaw on A Current Affair.

But Steven Burling, Nine’s Director of Morning Television, shut down these claims on Twitter, saying the proposed moves is not going to be happening.

Hughesy, Ed and Erin took over 2Day FM's breakfast slot it January, but has failed to rise to the top of the ratings ladder. (Pictured left to right: Dave Hughes, Ed Kavalee and Erin Molan)

Hughesy, Ed and Erin took over 2Day FM’s breakfast slot it January, but has did not rise to the highest of the rankings ladder. (Pictured left to right: Dave Hughes, Ed Kavalee and Erin Molan)

Burling’s denial comes after an industry insider claimed Bickmore’s potential move to Today ‘made sense’ given her undeniable popularity.

‘It’s the following, most blatant step for her,’ the rival network source said.

‘As much as you want to say that she will not be as nice as her on-screen persona, that is not the case. 

The show reached an all-time ratings low in 2021, but has been clawing its way back and hit its highest-ever audience earlier this year. Yet the program still remains at the bottom of the pack, trailing behind Nova's Fitzy & Wippa and KIIS FM's The Kyle and Jackie O Show

The show reached an all-time rankings low in 2021, but has been clawing its way back and hit its highest-ever audience earlier this 12 months. Yet this system still stays at the underside of the pack, trailing behind Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa and KIIS FM’s The Kyle and Jackie O Show 

‘Everyone likes her. Viewers like her. She would bring a whole lot of positive energy to Today and, by way of timing, all of it is smart.’

The bubbly presenter was previously linked to the Today hosting job in 2019, following the ousting of Georgie Gardner and Deborah Knight; nonetheless, Nine denied any formal approach had been made on the time.

Bickmore, popular with viewers and her TV colleagues each on and off screen, confirmed she had no plans to depart the small screen during her on-air announcement last Tuesday, saying: ‘Honey I’m not retiring. I’ll move onto something different which I have no idea what that’s yet’.

It comes after Nine's Director of Morning Television Steven Burling (pictured) denied rumours Bickmore is joining the Today show following her announcement she is leaving The Project

It comes after Nine’s Director of Morning Television Steven Burling (pictured) denied rumours Bickmore is joining the Today show following her announcement she is leaving The Project

The high-profile changes could signal a long-overdue boost within the rankings for Today which has long taken a battering from Seven’s Sunrise and recently dipped as little as 155,000 viewers across the five-city metro market.

Langdon as an alternative took up the role and has been successful with viewers, particularly female viewers, in her subsequent two years within the chair.

Nonetheless, an insider says the grind of 3am starts and a few recent tensions on set with Stefanovic, with specific regard to the variety of his sick days,  prompted Langdon to throw her hat within the ring for the ACA job.

Allison Langdon (pictured with one of her children) stepped in to the Today role in 2019. There has been speculation she will replace Tracy Grimshaw on A Current Affair

Allison Langdon (pictured with considered one of her children) stepped in to the Today role in 2019. There was speculation she’s going to replace Tracy Grimshaw on A Current Affair

Most recently, Stefanovic was a last-minute no-show the morning after the NRL Grand Final.

Should Langdon make way for Bickmore, it’s going to be the ninth female host to take up the Today gig alongside Stefanovic, who is known to have recently inked a recent take care of Nine that will keep him at Today until 2025.

By then the 48-year-old would have clocked 20 years within the job – albeit with a highly publicised ‘break’ in 2018 when he was benched within the wake of a rankings slide and media scrutiny surrounding his personal life.

Karl Stefanovic (pictured with wife Jasmine) is the long-serving co-host of the Today show

Karl Stefanovic (pictured with wife Jasmine) is the long-serving co-host of the Today show

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