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Will Karl Stefanovic join Lisa Wilkinson on Channel 10? A TV expert says it could be ratings gold

Despite being sacked as host of the Today show last December, Karl Stefanovic is a man still very much in demand.

So much so that a new report suggests he could rejoin his former Today colleague Lisa Wilkinson on the panel of Channel 10’s The Project. 

According to New Idea on Monday, Karl’s fans are eager to see him reunited with Lisa on the nightly current affair program.

Will Karl Stefanovic join Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) on Channel 10? On Monday, TV expert Rob McKnight said it could be ratings gold for the struggling network

Will Karl Stefanovic join Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) on Channel 10? On Monday, TV expert Rob McKnight said it could be ratings gold for the struggling network

TV industry veteran Rob McKnight said that Karl and Lisa’s on-screen chemistry could help lift The Project’s ratings.

‘Securing Karl Stefanovic would show they’re really serious about getting back in the ratings game. He would bring a lot of credibility to whatever show they decided to throw at him,’ said the TV Blackbox editor.  

‘Pairing Lisa and Karl together on The Project would be a turning point for the show, and indeed the network. The viewers would absolutely love it!’

Reunion? As reported by New Idea on Monday, Karl's fans are eager to see Karl reunited with Lisa on Network Ten's struggling program, The Project. Pictured with former Today show host Lisa Wilkinson

Reunion? As reported by New Idea on Monday, Karl’s fans are eager to see Karl reunited with Lisa on Network Ten’s struggling program, The Project. Pictured with former Today show host Lisa Wilkinson

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel 10 for comment.

Despite being unceremoniously axed from the Today show on December 19, Karl has reportedly not been without job offers.

In May, it was revealed that Robert Penfold, 68, was stepping down as Channel Nine’s U.S. bureau chief, sparking rumours that Karl, 44, might be replacing him. 

Dynamic duo: And industry observer Rob McKnight, from TV Blackbox, referred to Karl and Lisa's on-screen chemistry as the thing which could lift The Project to a higher place in the ratings

Dynamic duo: And industry observer Rob McKnight, from TV Blackbox, referred to Karl and Lisa’s on-screen chemistry as the thing which could lift The Project to a higher place in the ratings

'Securing Karl Stefanovic would show they're really serious about getting back in the ratings game. He would bring a lot of credibility to whatever show they decided to throw at him,' Rob said. Pictured: Karl with current Today show host Georgie Gardner

‘Securing Karl Stefanovic would show they’re really serious about getting back in the ratings game. He would bring a lot of credibility to whatever show they decided to throw at him,’ Rob said. Pictured: Karl with current Today show host Georgie Gardner

According to Nine News, Robert will finish reporting full-time in July, but will still work part-time with the network mentoring young reporters.

‘I leave with many wonderful memories and experiences and I am thankful for the extraordinary opportunities that the job as Nine’s foreign correspondent provided,’ Robert said, announcing his semi-retirement.

‘But it is time to take a breather.’

In demand: Despite being unceremoniously axed from the Today show in December last year, Karl, 44, has reportedly not been without job offers

In demand: Despite being unceremoniously axed from the Today show in December last year, Karl, 44, has reportedly not been without job offers 

In 2017, a Channel Nine insider told New Idea that Karl was eyeing up Robert’s job. 

‘Karl wants Robert Penfold’s job,’ the source said. ‘He knows he would need to take a pay cut, but would love to relocate to the U.S. as Nine’s correspondent.’

Karl could also switch to a completely different format, from television to radio, when his contract with Nine expires. 

America calling? In May it was revealed that veteran Australian journalist Robert Penfold (pictured), 68, was stepping down from his role as Nine's US bureau chief, sparking rumours that Karl might be up for the coveted gig

America calling? In May it was revealed that veteran Australian journalist Robert Penfold (pictured), 68, was stepping down from his role as Nine’s US bureau chief, sparking rumours that Karl might be up for the coveted gig 

In April this year,  The Australian reported that the veteran journalist was ‘in talks’ to join radio network Macquarie Media.

Should Karl sign with the company, he could potentially take over the 2GB breakfast slot currently occupied by Alan Jones.

In late May, Alan re-signed with 2GB for another two years. His contract will next be up for discussion in 2021. 

Is Karl set to be radio's newest star? Rumours are swirling that Stefanovic (pictured) is in talks to join Sydney's 2GB as uncertainty looms over whether Alan Jones will quit

You’re the voice? Karl could also switch to a completely different format – from TV to radio. In April this year, The Australian reported that the veteran journalist was ‘in talks’ to join the radio station. Should Karl sign on, he could possibly take over the morning slot at both 2GB and 4BC

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