He is having a laugh of course, the pair are close friends as well as siblings.
“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…
“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!”
Of course he spoke to Karl about the Weekend Today job – “ You’ve got to bring the energy – that’s something Karl has taught me, no one wants to watch someone who’s tired or slow in the morning you’ve got to be up, you gotta be bright, you gotta be smart, you gotta be witty”! – but taking the gig alongside old friend Allison Langdon was a no brainer for the 36 year old, who says he loves the excitement of live TV.
“You’re exposed on live TV. You can’t do it again, you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube if you say something, you have to back yourself,” he says.
“But it’s the most exciting thing I’ve ever done – when you’ve got a big news story that’s breaking and you’re live in the studio, I’m yet to come across anything that is more thrilling other than being on the scene of a big story as a journalist.”
He and Langdon have “always been pals” he says, having known each other as reporters in the nine newsroom before Allison got a job on 60 Minutes.
“Then I joined 60 Minutes last year so we know each other quite well. We’ve got similar personalities, I think, so I look forward to it – Ally’s so intelligent and she’s such a good journalist and she’s wickedly funny – and I like to think I have a bit of a dark sense of humour as well, a dry sense of humour and I think she kind of gets that – so that’s good.”
With work sorted for the coming year, the biggest question on viewers’ lips when it comes to Pete right now seems to be when he and wife, Today’s Sylvia Jeffreys will find time to start a family – rumours rife about the pair’s baby plans.
Pete himself just laughs – “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.”
He adds, “I’ll just watch how Ally goes juggling work with (one-year-old son) Mack and see how I like that!”