Carrie Bickmore tipped for to replace 2Day FM's Hughsey, Ed and Erin

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Carrie Bickmore has been tipped for a lucrative new radio gig following her shock resignation from The Project this week.

Speculation has been rife about the Channel 10 golden girl’s next career steps, with rumours swirling she’s either priming to host Nine’s A Current Affair or hoping to replace Ally Langdon on the Today show.

But industry insider Robert McKnight believes Bickmore’s future lies at the helm of 2Day FM Sydney’s breakfast show. 

Carrie Bickmore, 41, (pictured) has been tipped for a lucrative new radio gig following her shock resignation from The Project this week

Carrie Bickmore, 41, (pictured) has been tipped for a lucrative new radio gig following her shock resignation from The Project this week 

‘I don’t think she’s going to ACA. Channel Nine has been pretty emphatic that it will be someone promoted internally. Although things can change from day to day,’ McKnight, who runs popular media industry website TV Blackbox said on his podcast this week.  

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

‘We need to consider… [Bickmore is] earning, what, a million dollars for her afternoon [radio] show per year? The question is, is [Bickmore] priming to take over the Sydney breakfast radio show?’ McKnight said. 

McKnight believes Bickmore, who hosts the Hit network's top-rating drive show alongside Tommy Little (left), has plenty of reasons to take over the breakfast slot from its current hosts Dave Hughes, Ed Kavalee and Erin Molan

McKnight believes Bickmore, who hosts the Hit network’s top-rating drive show alongside Tommy Little (left), has plenty of reasons to take over the breakfast slot from its current hosts Dave Hughes, Ed Kavalee and Erin Molan

Speculation has been rife about the Channel 10 golden girl's next career steps, with rumours swirling she's either priming to host Nine's A Current Affair or hoping to replace Ally Langdon on the Today show. Pictured: Outgoing A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw

Speculation has been rife about the Channel 10 golden girl’s next career steps, with rumours swirling she’s either priming to host Nine’s A Current Affair or hoping to replace Ally Langdon on the Today show. Pictured: Outgoing A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw  

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

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

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

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

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

However, McKnight did note that Sydney listeners may struggle to gel with Bickmore, given that she is ‘a very Melbourne personality.’

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

Hughesy, Ed and Erin’s The Morning Show took over the 2Day FM’s breakfast show i January, but has failed to rise to the to of the ratings ladder. 

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

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

Hughesy, Ed and Erin's The Morning Show took over the 2Day FM's breakfast show i January, but has failed to rise to the to of the ratings ladder. Pictured L-R: Dave Hughes, Ed Kavalee and Erin Molan

Hughesy, Ed and Erin’s The Morning Show took over the 2Day FM’s breakfast show i January, but has failed to rise to the to of the ratings ladder. Pictured L-R: Dave Hughes, Ed Kavalee and Erin Molan

The show reached an all-time ratings low in 2021, but has been clawing its way back, having reached its highest ever rating earlier this year. 

Yet the show still remains at the bottom of the pack, trailing behind Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa and KIIS FM’s Kyle & Jackie O Show. 

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.

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

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

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

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

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

‘It is the next, most obvious step for her,’ the rival network source said.

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. Steven Burling (pictured), Nine's Director of Morning Television, has denied rumours Bickmore is joining the Today show following her announcement she is leaving Channel 10's The Project

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. Steven Burling (pictured), Nine’s Director of Morning Television, has denied rumours Bickmore is joining the Today show following her announcement she is leaving Channel 10’s The Project

‘As much as you’d like to say that she is not as nice as her on-screen persona, that’s not the case. 

‘Everyone likes her. Viewers like her. She would bring a lot of positive energy to Today and, in terms of timing, it all makes sense.’

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

Bickmore, popular with viewers and her TV colleagues both on and off screen, confirmed she had no plans to leave the small screen during her on-air announcement on Tuesday night, saying: ‘Honey I’m not retiring. I’m going to move onto something different which I do not know what that is yet’.

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 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

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

Langdon instead took up the role and has been a hit with viewers, particularly female viewers, in her subsequent two years in the chair.

However, an insider says the grind of 3am starts and some recent tensions on set with Stefanovic, with specific regard to the number of his sick days,  prompted Langdon to throw her hat in the ring for the ACA job.

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

Should Langdon make way for Bickmore, it will be the ninth female host to take up the Today gig alongside Stefanovic, who is understood to have recently inked a new deal with Nine that would keep him at Today until 2025.

By then the 48-year-old would have clocked 20 years in the job – albeit with a highly publicised ‘break’ in 2018 when he was benched in the wake of a ratings 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

The Nine veteran copped some negative flack from viewers following his divorce from ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn and eventual remarriage to shoe designer Jasmine Yarbrough.

He returned to Today in 2019 however, almost three years on, the show is still to make up any major ground against rival Sunrise which this year clocked its 19th consecutive win as the top breakfast show in Australia.

Meanwhile Langdon is not the only name to be linked to the coveted ACA role in recent days with popular 60 Minutes reporter Sarah Abo also a contender, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Abo has been a regular fill-in for Langdon on Today and stepped in recently when Langdon took a break following the show’s marathon coverage of the Queen’s funeral.

Stefanovic (pictured during coverage of the Queen's funeral) could remain at Today until 2025 following rumours he has inked a new deal with Nine

Stefanovic (pictured during coverage of the Queen’s funeral) could remain at Today until 2025 following rumours he has inked a new deal with Nine

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