Sonia Kruger’s switch to Nine had been negotiated by her management across a number of weeks. But it was a closely guarded secret with network execs, with even senior production sources unaware the Dancing with the Stars co-host was making the move.
The Herald Sun reports Nine was able to offer her a longer contract than Seven, plus the opportunity to host -or co-host- a morning television show as well as Big Brother.
She is also tipped to take part in Nine’s Olympic coverage.
However, her defection from Seven is expected to impact on Kerri-Anne Kennerley who could be facing her last week of hosting her own morning show next week (a summer edition will continue, consisting of annual highlights).
Nine launches its 2012 Programming next week when it is expected to confirm Kruger’s on-air roles.