Channel Nine star set to 'become Today's next host'

Holly Hales
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Allison Langdon could be the Today Show's newest host. Photo: Channel Nine

After a tumultuous year for Channel Nine’once-untouchable Today show, another shake-up in its rocky line-up may soon be on the horizon.

This time, veteran 60 Minutes reporter Allison Langdon is rumoured to be taking over as the breakfast program’s anchor, less than 12 months after its new look cast was unveiled.

The reports were first alluded to in The Sunday Telegraph, who used the 40-year-old’s popularity with audiences, and the fact she hosted the network’s 2020 Upfronts last week, as reasons for their speculation.

Additionally, the mother-of-two was out of the running for a role in the show’s initial line-up switch earlier this year as she was heavily pregnant with daughter Scout at the time.

“Langdon has long been favoured as a future Today show host and with Nine expected to replace either Knight or her co-host Georgie Gardner — or both — at year’s end, rumours have surfaced that Langdon could once again be in executives’ sights,” the publication concluded.

Nine’s familiar face

Also working in the veteran reporter’s favour is how she’s largely avoided the criticism experienced by the program’s current and past hosts due to plunging ratings.

Allison Langdon has been the popular host of Weekend Today for the past two years. Photo: Channel Nine

Channel Nine did not deny the rumours when contacted by Yahoo Lifestyle, instead issuing a ‘no comment’ response.

And while Allison has never taken Today’s full reigns as a full-time weekday host, she is a familiar face to the program’s increasingly dwindling audience.

The longtime 60 Minutes reporter has also been the host of Weekend Today for the past two years after more than a decade crisscrossing the country as one of the network’s most recognisable journalists.

Today’s radical casting switch-up earlier this year saw Tom Steinfort take over from Sylvia Jeffreys as newsreader, while Deb Knight stepped into Karl’s hosting shoes and Brooke Boney joined as entertainment reporter.

But despite the fresh line up’s initial promise, each has failed to resonate with audiences reaching its year-long plateau on September 23 when the program attracted just 169,000 metro viewers.

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