Daily Telegraph columnist Annette Sharp has revealed the man tipped as most likely to step into Stefanovic’s shoes is Channel Nine Adelaide newsreader Brenton Ragless.
According to Sharp, Ragless “has hurdled a field of higher profile Sydney newsmen and is currently Nine bosses’ preferred choice to replace Stefanovic at Today — which could be sooner than Nine boss CEO Hugh Marks had originally planned given Stefanovic’s apparent disaffection for the program he hosts and the ugly public disclosure of a private conversation he and younger brother Peter had in an Uber vehicle earlier this year”.
41-year-old Ragless first came to Nine executives attention when he replaced Stefanovic during the Christmas break, “prompting executives to sit up and take notice”.
Insiders told the Telegraph that Ragless is “absolutely delightful”.
Ragless’ rise through the ranks is also rather unusual - he has a background in bus driving, running PR for his dad’s Eden Hills firefighting unit and radio presenting.
Becoming a weatherman for Nine in 2008, after landing the gig, he then made the unlikely jump to the news anchor role in 2015