Today’s Allison Langdon has been announced as the new host of A Current Affair.
The Channel Nine show shared the good news on their official Instagram account on Sunday.
“In 2023, Ally Langdon will take the host seat of A Current Affair following the retirement of longtime host Tracy Grimshaw,” the announcement read.
Today’s Allison Langdon (pictured) has been announced as the new host of A Current Affair. The Channel Nine show shared the good news on their official Instagram account on Sunday
One of Australia’s most fearless and respected journalists, Ally has built her career on trust, empathy and a commitment to journalistic excellence.
She will start broadcasting on Monday, January 30, 2023. Welcome to team Ally!’
The post featured an image of Langdon with the words “new host” written on it.
“In 2023, Ally Langdon will take the host seat of A Current Affair following the retirement of longtime host Tracy Grimshaw,” the announcement read. Grimsaw is depicted
In a press release on Sunday, Langdon expressed her excitement about taking on the coveted role.
“It is such an incredible honor to be part of the A Current Affair team. A show that I love, respect and watch since I was in school and Jana Wendt hosted,” she said.
“I won’t lie – it’s daunting to step into the role Tracy has played so brilliantly for the past 17 years, with such warmth and compassion.
In a press release on Sunday, Langdon expressed her excitement about taking on the coveted role. “It is such an incredible honor to be part of the A Current Affair team. A show that I love, respect and watch since I was in school and Jana Wendt hosted,” she said
“I hope to bring my own warmth and compassion to the show as we continue to tell great stories that matter to our amazing viewers.”
Langdon also confirmed that she will be leaving the Today show as a result of the new gig.
“I understand that it is a big change for our audience and also for me personally. There is great sadness in leaving my brilliant Today Show family, especially my co-host Karl, who has made the past three years so wonderful and fun, though I won’t miss that 3am alarm clock! ‘ she said.
Langdon also confirmed that she will be leaving the Today show as a result of the new gig. Pictured on the Today show alongside Karl Stefanovic
“Instead, I’ll enjoy being woken up by the kids, taking them to school and nursery before going to work.”
She continued, “I love what A Current Affair is and what it stands for. It’s a show that’s in my family’s DNA, as it was for my father-in-law, the late Mike Willesee Snr, who started A Current Affair in the early 1970s.
Each host has brought their own style to the show and I hope to do the same, but at its core A Current Affair is about those at home tuning in every night. It’s their show, their stories we share and injustices we help fight.”
Nine’s director of news and current affairs, Darren Wick praised Langdon in the network’s press release on Sunday.
“Ally is a natural fit to lead A Current Affair into a new era. She grew up in the country and has a deep commitment to family, friends and community,” he said.
“Ally is a phenomenal hard worker and has carved her own path through Australian news and current affairs.
Pictured: former ACA host Tracy Grimshaw
She learned the basics of her reporting in the newsroom of Nine’s Darwin before making her mark as our best in Sydney. After ten years of news, she was thrown into the deep end at 60 Minutes and quickly found her rhythm.
She is passionate, curious and razor sharp – loyal to her colleagues, dedicated to her craft and determined to fight for her viewers. We are very excited to see what Ally ACA will bring in 2023 and many, many years beyond.”
Executive producer of A Current Affair, Fiona Dear said, “I’m thrilled that Ally is joining the ACA family. We are already planning stories for next year and can’t wait to get out into the communities, listen to our viewers’ stories and hopefully help more families with the issues that matter most to them.”
It comes on the heels of news that Ally is about to take a “big pay cut” after signing on to host A Current Affair, the allegation reads.
The 43-year-old Langdon is currently said to have a premium contract worth $1 million a year to co-host the Today show with Karl Stefanovic for 17.5 hours a week.
In contrast, Langdon’s rumored new gig as host of ACA, which equates to a much smaller 2.5-hour-a-week broadcast, will net her only $250,000 a year, The Daily Telegraph reports.
If Langdon decides to leave Today to make more room for her ACA role, she will face a six-figure pay cut.
Meanwhile, outgoing ACA host Tracy Grimshaw reported being on an annual package worth about $750,000, though The Daily Telegraph claims Allison made a “better deal” with network bosses than her predecessor.
Tracey signed off A Current Affair on Thursday night after 17 years at the helm
Sources at Nine also apparently told The Daily Telegraph that Langdon was hesitant to accept the role at ACA when TV executives told her how much she would earn.
Ally got her start in journalism presenting radio programs on the NSW North Coast community radio station 2WAY FM while in high school.
She then went on to study journalism at Charles Sturt University, where she also completed a prestigious internship at CBS in New York City.
She joined Channel 9’s Darwin newsroom in 2002 and won the David Marchbank Award for Best New Journalist during her first year in the Top End.
Langdon moved into the role of political reporter for the Northern Territory, flying to East Timor and China to submit stories for 9News and Sunday, and was one of the first reporters on the scene after the bombing of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta in 2004.
Ally returned to the Channel 9 newsroom in Sydney in 2004 and presented for 9News, Nightline and Today, before joining the 60 Minutes team as a reporter in 2011.
She is the author of the 2007 book, ‘The Child Who Never Was –The Tegan Lane Story’ after covering the inquest into the disappearance of Keli Lane’s baby, and is an ambassador for RU Ok?, the Mirabel Foundation and Gidget Foundation
Ally lives in Sydney with her husband Michael Willesee Jr, and their children Mack and Scout.