Channel Nine shared the news on Sunday evening that Ally, who has been hosting the breakfast program alongside Karl Stefanovic for the past three years, will step into her new role on Monday, January 30, 2023.
Ally said in a statement: “It is such an incredible honour to be joining the A Current Affair team. A show I love, respect and have been watching since I was in school and Jana Wendt was host.
“I won't lie – it's daunting to be stepping into the role that Tracy has so brilliantly navigated for the past 17 years, with such warmth and compassion. I hope to bring my own warmth and compassion to the show as we continue to tell great stories that matter to our amazing viewers.”
Ally went on to add that she understands it will be “a big change” for both the show’s audience and herself.
“There is great sadness at leaving my brilliant Today Show family, in particular my co-host Karl, who has made these past three years so wonderful and fun, although I won't miss that 3am alarm!” she continued. “Instead, I'll enjoy being woken by the kids, walking them to school and daycare before ripping in at work.
“I love what A Current Affair is, and what it stands for. It's a show that is in my family's DNA, as it was for my father-in-law, the late Mike Willesee Snr, who started A Current Affair back in the early 70s. Each host has brought their own style to the show and I hope to do the same but at its core, A Current Affair is about those at home who tune in each night. It's their show, their stories we share, and injustices we help fight.”
New Today host
With Ally moving to A Current Affair in the new year, 60 Minutes reporter Sarah Abo has been announced as the new co-host of Today.
“I am thrilled to be joining the wonderful and hard-working team at Today, who manage to inform the nation every morning while also having a lot of fun,” she said in a statement from the network.
“I have been incredibly fortunate to work alongside some of the country’s finest journalists at 60 Minutes and travel the nation and world bringing stories to Australian audiences. It is an absolute privilege to meet so many inspirational people and help tell their stories.
“I can’t wait to put everything I’ve learned from those amazing experiences into my new role at Today. The 3am alarm will be an adjustment, but I’m looking forward to keeping Karl on his toes. I know Ally will make a success of the move to ACA and I can't wait to watch her in the chair.”
Meanwhile, Today host Karl Stefanovic commended Ally on her new role and her hard work during her stint on breakfast TV.
“Ally has been extraordinary over the last three years,” he said. “Battling through some tough personal physical obstacles to broadcast to the country during really difficult times. She’s an incredible broadcaster and I’ll miss working with her tremendously. Though, I won’t miss her dancing.
“Fortunately, Sarah is a gifted dancer and singer. More importantly, she’s a brilliant interviewer and has the most wicked sense of humour. I can’t wait for the country to see all of those wonderful qualities every day at breakfast.”
Sarah will officially join the Today team on Monday, January 16, 2023.
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