EXCLUSIVE |’Not happening’ – Channel 9 responds to Natarsha Belling Today show rumours

A story claiming popular 10 personality Natarsha Belling would be moving across to the TODAY show has been flatly denied by Channel 9

Karl Stefanovic and Alison Langdon host the TODAY show on Channel 9

The reports made a lot of sense after the shock sacking of Belling, who became a victim of massive budget cuts at Network 10. She was just one of a number of household names who are finishing up at the network in the coming weeks.

As the paper rightly pointed out, Belling is well liked both on camera and behind the scenes. But Darren Wick, Head of News and Current Affairs at Nine, says there has been no approach from either party:

“Tarsh is a great operator but we are not currently looking to expand the team”

Alex Cullen is now reading news and sport for the TODAY Show (image – 9)

Wick says Alex Cullen has combined the roles of news presenter and sports presenter nicely and he sees no reason to change the format back to the traditional idea of having separate presenters for each role.

Tim Davies is currently in Queensland as part of Nine’s ratings drive in that market

The news boss also points out TODAY has been able to claim its fifth consecutive week in Brisbane, a market known as being early adopters with changing viewing habits.

Weather presenter Tim Davies has been in Queensland for the past few weeks, beating Sunrise to the punch before quarantine border restrictions were put in place.

While the show is facing a big challenge nationally, a winning streak in Brisbane can help shift the narrative and bring some much needed good news to the breakfast show.

Robert McKnight
"Leading TV commentator" - The Daily Telegraph | "Known for his impeccable sources in the TV industry" - The Daily Mail | Robert McKnight is a highly regarded Australian Television Producer having worked at SEVEN, NINE and TEN during his 25 years in the industry. Publicly he is most well-known for creating and producing STUDIO 10 but has worked on Sunrise, The Morning Show plus other prime time productions in addition to creating award-winning news campaigns for both 7 News and 9 News. Currently Rob is the host and producer of the TV Blackbox, McKnight Tonight and Monsters Who Murder podcasts plus host & Executive Producer of the video streaming show The Ben, Rob & Robbo show

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