As has long been rumoured, Anna Coren has quit Today Tonight to become a news anchor and reporter for CNN in Hong Kong. She’s due to begin in December.
Coren took a screen test in the US last July, following on-going difficulties behind the scenes, particularly in reference to a courtcase involving Mercedes Corby and the departure of her producer boyfriend Andrew Bourke.
All eyes will now turn toward her replacement.
Samantha Armytage has been considered a front-runner, but with gossip over Seven seeking a deal with Nine’s Karl Stefanovic, there is now a suggestion the network could be assessing other options.
According to the Sunday Telegraph, Armytage is believed to have shored up her position at Seven by signing a lucrative two-year contract with the network at least three months before she was due to re-sign.
The deal, which is believed to have bumped up her salary by 60 per cent, was negotiated by her agent, Sean Anderson, who had a one-on-one session with network boss David Leckie.
Coren had been the summer host for TT prior to winning the permanent role, a path which could soon be followed by Armytage.
“We have a contract with Sam, and her duties will be announced in due course,” Seven news and current-affairs chief Peter Meakin confirmed.
Source: Sunday Telegraph