Georgie Gardner

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Georgie Gardner
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Born (1970-06-01) 1 June 1970 (age 48)[1]
ResidenceSydney, New South Wales
NationalityAustralian
EducationWestern Australian Academy of Performing Arts
OccupationJournalist, news presenter
Years active1995−present
EmployerNine Network
TelevisionToday
Spouse(s)Tim Baker
Children2

Georgie Gardner (born 1 June 1970) is an Australian journalist and television personality.

Gardner is currently a co-host of the Nine Network's breakfast program Today and the narrator of the reality television series Married at First Sight Australia.

Career[edit]

Gardner joined the Nine Network in July 2002 to present weather on National Nine News in Sydney, and to host afternoon updates. In 2004, the Nine Network added a semi-national news bulletin at 4:30 pm, National Nine News Afternoon Edition, for which Gardner was the original presenter.

Gardner has worked at Network Ten as a reporter and presenter for Ten News. Her most prominent national role came with the Seven Network as co-host of Seven News Sunrise, which she presented with Mark Beretta before the program was changed from morning news to morning public affairs programming. She held this position for two years before acting as a fill-in presenter for Seven News and Sky News Australia.[2]

Georgie Gardner, chats with viewers at Bourke Street Mall

She is the only Australian news presenter to have presented the late news bulletin on each of the three major commercial TV networks, having filled in as presenter of the Ten Late News, as full-time presenter of Seven Late News, and as a substitute presenter of Nightline, the late night version of Nine News.

In 2006, Gardner replaced Leila McKinnon as presenter of National Nine News Morning Edition. In December 2006, she replaced Sharyn Ghidella as news presenter on Today, when Ghidella resigned and switched to the Seven Network to present Seven News in Brisbane. Gardner returned to Today after six months' maternity leave on Monday 6 August 2007, Allison Langdon having filled the on-air role while Gardner was on maternity leave.

On 3 October 2007, Gardner was unable to continue reading the news bulletins due to the death of former West Coast Eagles star Chris Mainwaring, whose wife Rani, who lived in Perth, was a close friend of Gardner.[3]

In July 2009, Gardner was appointed Nine News Sydney weekend presenter, replacing Mark Ferguson as it was revealed that he had signed with the Seven Network.

Gardner received her media training at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She has received multiple awards and accolades throughout her career and is known to be highly intellectual. She received outstanding results in all of her aptitude tests during her application to the Nine Network in 2002 including scoring 149 on her IQ test.

On 26 May 2014, Gardner announced on Today that she would be leaving the show to spend more time with family while continuing with the Nine Network on Nine News and 60 Minutes. Gardner's final appearance on Today, on Friday 6 June 2014, attracted the program's highest ratings for some time: 359,000 viewers according to Oztam figures accessed from the web blog TV Tonight. This was seen by some as a respectful way to farewell the "elegant", "gracious" personality. Gardner was replaced by Nine News reporter Sylvia Jeffreys.

On 23 November 2017, it was confirmed that Gardner was to co-host Today on the Nine Network after Lisa Wilkinson left due to a salary dispute. She replaced Deborah Knight, who had been hosting Today since Wilkinson left the Nine Network. Her first appearance as new host was on 22 January 2018.[4]

Gardner has previously been a fill-in presenter for Sonia Kruger on Today Extra.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Georgie Gardner late to the Today Show for the first time in seven years". 1 May 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  2. ^ Sharp, Annette (3 July 2012). "Georgie Gardner celebrates 10 years on Channel Nine's Today show with lunch with colleagues at Otto in Woolloomooloo". The Daily Telegraph.
  3. ^ Duck, Siobhan (4 December 2007). "Georgie Gardner speaks from the heart". The Courier-Mail.
  4. ^ Lallo, Michael (2017-11-23). "Georgie Gardner confirmed as Karl Stefanovic's new co-host on Today". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-11-23.

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Preceded by
Lisa Wilkinson
Today
Co-host

January 2018 - present
with Deborah Knight (2019-present)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Mark Ferguson
Nine News Sydney
Presenter (Fri & Sat)

July 2009 - December 2017
Succeeded by
Deborah Knight
Preceded by
Sharyn Ghidella
Today
News presenter (Tues-Fri)

December 2006 - June 2014
Succeeded by
Sylvia Jeffreys
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Originator
Nine News First at Five
Presenter (Sat)

February 2011 - December 2013
Succeeded by
Belinda Russell
Preceded by
Leila McKinnon
National Nine News Morning Edition
Presenter

2006
Succeeded by
Wendy Kingston
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Program started
National Nine News Afternoon Edition
Presenter

2004 - 2005
Succeeded by
Mike Munro
Preceded by
Alan Wilkie
National Nine News Sydney
Weather presenter

2002 - 2004
Succeeded by
Jaynie Seal
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Program re-started
Sunrise
Co-host with Mark Beretta

2000 - 2002
Succeeded by
Melissa Doyle