Yep, Mike Munro is coming to a screen near you, if you happen to get the Nine Network’s 4.30pm News. That means he won’t be seen in Brisbane or Perth, but will be seen in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
Nine says Georgie Gardiner, who has been reading the bulletin and doing weather at 6pm and the Saturday night news for Nine, has been winding back her commitments because of her impending motherhood. Kelli Connolly and Kim Watkins have been filling in more and more, with Watkins also fronting the Saturday 6pm news.
Nine CEO David Gyngell this week asked Munro if he’d like to put his hand up. Reading the 4.30pm news with its restricted coverage is an odd choice. Based on figures for yesterday it was the 106th most watched program with just 99,584 people watching.
Seven’s rival service is shown on the national network out of Melbourne and was watched by around 289,000 people and was the 51st most watched program yesterday.
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With figures of less than 100,000 you can understand why Nine was thinking earlier this week of canning it. But David Gyngell, Kerry Packer’s godson, then apparently though of Mike Munro. So what will happen when Nine’s new female-orientated afternoon chat show is revealed later this month?
Munro has the This Is Your Life commitment for later in the year and will also be doing stories for 60 Minutes. He is apparently juggling shooting This Is Your Life segments and a 60 Minutes at the moment.
Nine says Munro is not being aimed at the 6pm news where Mark Ferguson is reading in Sydney. Nine news beat Seven Nationally and in Sydney last night, thanks to the women winning more than $600,000 in prizes on The Price is Right (and A Current Affair made sure more people realised it an hour later, just as Seven’s Today Tonight has beaten up the storey that Nikki Webster is ruffling feathers on Dancing with the Stars!).
But don’t discount Munro reading the 6pm Saturday evening news when Georgie Gardiner goes on maternity leave!