‘Why I call Karl all the time’
KARL Stefanovic has his own unique interviewing style - he loves to catch out his interview subjects. He also loves to have a laugh on air and can admit to where he went wrong.
Now his brother Peter is taking the reins at Weekend Today while Karl continues his Monday to Friday gig alongside Georgie Gardner this year.
Despite having loads of experience in his own right from being a former US correspondent for Nine and a 60 Minutes reporter, Peter told Nine.com.au that he still calls his brother for advice.
"He's a great mentor for me, Karl, he tells me things to work on or things I can do better or things that might not be working or how to move to different levels. He's a good brother and a good man …" he said.
"I'm always calling him for advice on how to do things better.
"It's a great network and a great show that we work for and there are opportunities to improve yourself as a broadcaster and he's as good as anybody in the country so why wouldn't I pick his brain … after all, I've got a little bit of an 'in' there!"
His wife Sylvia Jeffreys will continue to be a newsreader for the Today Show while he joins the weekend crew.
When asked about when he and Jeffreys were planning to start a family, he said: "We have never been in any rush for that - work is taking up most of our time at the moment, has done for a few years. It's something I definitely look forward to some time down the track but I don't think it's going to be any time soon."
Peter will host Weekend Today with his former 60 Minutes colleague Allison Langdon, who will be presenting the show every Saturday and Sunday from January 20, with Jayne Azzopardi continuing as newsreader.
They will take over hosting duties from Tom Steinfort and Deborah Knight.
Steinfort has taken a new role at 60 Minutes while Knight will do the 6pm news bulletin in Sydney on Friday and Saturday nights. She will also fill in for Nine News Sydney newsreader Peter Overton.
Viewers are eagerly awaiting the return of Karl Stefanovic on Today with Gardner on January 22.
Gardner is returning after the shock departure of Nine stalwart Lisa Wilkinson last year after a bitter pay dispute, where she demanded to be paid what Karl was getting.
The Stefanovic family has also come under the spotlight in the last year after he split with his ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn after 21 years of marriage.
He has since moved on and is still in a relationship with girlfriend Jasmine Yarbrough.
In an interview with Woman's Day magazine last year, Thorburn, 46, said she has grieved the end of her relationship and that he is now "dead" to her.
"I realised I was going through stages of grief, and to me it was like someone had died," she told the magazine.
"The children still have a father but I don't have a husband. He really is dead to me and no, we won't ever be friends again."