“We’ve been steadily increasing our audience, it’s steady as she goes and we’ve been concentrating on getting our product better and there are more and more people coming back which is really satisfying.
“It’s been five years and the first two felt like twenty,” he acknowledges. “It was very hard. But it’s such a great vibe on the show now, we’ve got great producers and everyone’s just getting on really well and looking forward to coming to work.”
Last year Stefanovic also presented on Random Acts of Kindness and 60 Minutes. He says this year he will continue with the latter, which may preclude his involvement in the former, despite boss David Gyngell wanting him to return.
“He said to me the other day, ‘Mate we really want you to try and be involved in this.’ But my problem this year is I’m doing 60 Minutes as well,” he said.
“I’m probably going to be time poor. So I don’t want to go into something that I’m going to be doing half-arsed. If I’m going to do it I want to be able to do a great job of it.”
The Nine presenter harbors ambitions to stick with 60 Minutes, although not necessarily at the expense of Today.
“I think 60 Minutes is something I’ve always wanted to do all my life. To have the access to those stories and do it in combination with the Today show is the best possible combination.”
So if his Today stint were to end, would he like to increase his association with 60 Minutes?
“Down the track, yeah,” he admits. “I think I’ve always had that ambition to be in 60 Minutes. There’s no doubt about that.”
Tactfully he adds, “If the combination works, which has never been tried before, then why wouldn’t I? I love live TV. So if I’ve got the combination of live and being able to go away and do more stories for 60 Minutes, then that’s a great combination. But it hasn’t been tried before.”
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