Former Nine star lands new breakfast show gig

Sarah Carty
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Peter Stefanovic has landed a new job with Sky News. Photo: Getty Images

Five months after he revealed the bombshell news that he was leaving Channel Nine after 15 years with the network, Peter Stefanovic has landed a new job.

The younger brother of former Today host, Karl Stefanovic, will be co-anchoring Sky News’ breakfast show, First Edition, with Laura Jaynes.

“Absolutely thrilled to join @ljayes as the new host of Sky News First Edition, Stefanovic wrote on Instagram.

“Laura is one of the best political interviewers in the country and I look forward to working alongside her and the team. I start July 1 and hope you can tune in! @sylviajeffreys has already given me her alarm clock”.

He went on to say the last year has been ‘tough’ but he’s ready to take on the new challenge ahead.

“It did have its challenges, particularly because I’m inherently quite a shy person so, when there’s stuff going on out there, it’s embarrassing and I felt responsible and ashamed for a lot of what happened,” he told News Corp.

“Not just because of the damage I might have caused to my employer, but also to my family as well.”

Left Channel Nine last year

Peter, who is married to former Today newsreader, Sylvia Jeffreys, was previously fronting Weekend Today and some 60 Minutes segments on Channel Nine.

“Peter has decided to explore new opportunities and is looking forward to spending weekends with his wife,” read a statement from a Channel Nine representative in December.

“He has been a respected member of the Nine News team and Weekend Today, and we wish him all the best for the future.”

Just hours after Peter quit his role at Channel Nine, his brother, Karl Stefanovic, followed him out the door. Photo: Getty Images

Karl Stefanovic’s departure

Just hours after Peter’s departure was confirmed, his brother, Karl Stefanovic, revealed he was following him out the door.

The 44-year-old Today show host had been with the station for 14 years but had been weathering media criticism since leaving his wife of more than 20 years.

Karl and Peter had also been in the spotlight since that Ubergate scandal earlier last year.

New Idea reported a conversation that occurred between Karl and Peter in a cab, where Karl was busted blasting his co-host Georgie Gardner.

Crisis talks were held over the future of the former Today host following the abrupt exit of his younger brother, The Daily Telegraph revealed.

Peter and his wife, Sylvia Jeffreys, quit their jobs in December last year. Photo: Getty Images

Mass exodus at Channel Nine

Then, just days later, Sylvia Jeffreys confirmed she was leaving the breakfast program to take on a ‘brand new project’ in 2019.

In a statement, the newsreader revealed she would not be returning to the show but would continue on with the network.

Peter had nothing but positive words about the network and his colleagues when his departure was confirmed in December.

“I’ve had an amazing time at Nine being a foreign correspondent, news reporter and covering some amazing stories for 60 Minutes,” he said.

“I’ll miss my friends at Nine very much, it has been a huge privilege to work alongside so many great people.”

The reporter started working at the network back in 2004 for Nine News and A Current Affair, before spending some time overseas as a foreign correspondent.

He returned to Australia in 2015, and married his brother’s co-star Sylvia Jeffreys in 2017.

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