Deb Knight has confirmed she’ll step into a prime time role at the Nine Network after her successful stint on TODAY.
The seasoned journalist will be presenting the evening news bulletin in Sydney on Friday and Saturday evenings and filling in for regular host Peter Overton as needed.
In addition, Knight will fill in for new TODAY host Georgie Gardner in 2018 as well as newsreader Sylvia Jeffreys, act as fill in for Sonia Kruger on TODAY Extra and file special reports for A Current Affair.
Her expanded role at the network comes after her stellar performance on TODAY, filling in for former host Lisa Wilkinsons who abrubtly departed the network in late October.
Knight was sitting by Karl Stefanovic’s side the very next morning after the announcment about Wilkinson’s departure was made, and the transition was seamless.
Since then she has effortlessly helped steer the show forward, once again proving herself to be a firm audience favourite owing to her previous work on the show and her six years hosting Weekend TODAY.
Her new role comes with a touch of sadness as Knight says goodbye to Weekend TODAY which she has been at the helm of for the past six years since she joined the Nine Network.
“I’ve been involved with Weekend TODAY from day dot. It’s a great show, I’ve loved it.”
Of her new and varied role, Knight says she’s looking foward to the challenge.
“I always do love showing the diversity of my range,” she told 9Honey. “I like having the ability to do different roles and thankfully within Channel Nine there’s plenty of scope to do that.”
Knight has filled in as newsreader on the Sydney 6pm bulletin before so is already familiar to evening viewers. “I do really enjoy it. Sydney 6pm is such an impressive bulletin and a great city to be reading the news for.”
The popular presenter has certainly hit her stride during her time on TODAY, embracing the early morning starts. “I get into a bit of a routine and it will be three months when I finish up this stint, so it’s been a good amount of time to be doing it for.”
Knight, who has three children – Darcy, 8, Elsa, 7 and Audrey, 19 months – with husband Lindsay Dunbar, has been enjoying afternoon naps with her youngest.
“Audrey who is one sleeps during the day so I usually have a bit of a sleep with her. It works out quite well.”
Knight says she is looking foward to celebrating Christmas with her family this year after her busy work schedule, but it’s Audrey who seems the most excited.
“She keeps saying Santa, Santa,” Knight said. “She knows who Santa is, that’s for sure. The older kids are really excited too.”
Knight has been working as a journalist for the past 24 years and it’s all she’s ever wanted to be. She’s worked in the TV, radio and now digital journalism, writing articles for 9Honey on every thing from body image to domestic violence.
Radio has always been a medium Knight has enjoyed and she is currently filling in for afternoon presenter Chris Smith on radio 2GB in Sydney, 4BC in Brisbane and 2CC in Canberra.
“It’s rare to have a female voice on commercial radio in those markets,” Knight points out. “It’s terrific. I’m really enjoying it. It’s more personal, it’s really immediate and you can get reactions from listeners instantly, although now in TV with the immediacy of social media, you can achieve that too to some degree.”
Knight certainly hit her stride on TODAY during political interviews, which she says she thoroughly enjoys, owing to her time as part of the Canberra press gallery.
“I worked on Federal elections in Australia, as an overseas correspondent, so I got my reporting chops and came to enjoy analysis of the political sphere.”
Despite her busy schedule, Knight is as calm and collected in her personal life as she is on our TV screens and says she and husband Lindsay always figure out how to make it work for their family.
“I always take the view that you should take opportunities when they arise and they don’t always arise when you want them to so when they do, just grab them with both hands. That’s what I do.”
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