Nine refuse to deny host Karl Stefanovic is ‘in secret talks’ to become network’s new CEO

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Nine have yet to announce a new one CEO of the Network, following the shock resignation of Hugh Marks earlier this month.

Now there are claims Today the show’s host Karl Stefanovic, 46, is in the mix to take over.

According to New Idea on Monday, Stefanovic is in “ secret talks with Nine ” as a candidate to replace Marks.

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Channel Nine refuses to deny that today’s host Karl Stefanovic (pictured) is’ in secret talks’ to become the network’s new CEO after Hugh Marks’ shocking resignation earlier this month

The sportsbet betting company originally gave Stefanovic a very unlikely candidate to replace Marks with long odds of $ 45.

However, an insider also claimed on Women’s Day that some of Nine’s highest paid stars, including Stefanovic, could face pay cuts or cut.

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“Everyone expects to see a huge internal shock that will see wages drop, and expectations and workload increase,” the source said.

Bold claims: According to New Idea on Monday, Stefanovic would have 'secret talks with Nine' as a candidate to replace Marks

Bold claims: According to New Idea on Monday, Stefanovic would have ‘secret talks with Nine’ as a candidate to replace Marks

Nine’s alleged insider claimed Marks was protecting the network’s stars and veteran reporters, but now they could be on the line of fire.

Some of the stars at risk, according to the source, are Scotty Cam, 57, Liz Hayes, 64, Richard Wilkins, 66 and Georgie Gardner, 50.

However, it is believed that veteran A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw, 60, news reader Peter Overton, 54, today’s entertainment reporter Brooke Boney, 33, Sophie Monk, 40, and Hamish Blake, 38, is safe on the network.

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Channel Nine declined to comment when approached by Daily Mail Australia in connection with this story.

`` Everyone expects to see a huge upheaval internally that will see wages go down '': Some of the stars who stand to lose or cut their wages, according to the source, are Scotty Cam of The Block, 57, (pictured) Liz Hayes, 64, Richard Wilkins, 66, and Georgie Gardner, 50

“ Everyone expects to see a huge upheaval internally that will see wages go down ”: Some of the stars who stand to lose or cut their wages, according to the source, are Scotty Cam of The Block, 57, (pictured) Liz Hayes, 64, Richard Wilkins, 66, and Georgie Gardner, 50

Marks resigned earlier this month after his own newspaper revealed his romance with a former employee.

The businessman told workers he was leaving the company after five years in the high-level position by email on Saturday, November 14.

It comes after the Sydney Morning Herald published an article claiming he was in a relationship with former managing director of trading firm Alexi Baker of Nine.

In his resignation email, Mr Marks did not explain why he was leaving the media organization, which owns Channel Nine and the former Fairfax Newspapers, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Resignation: Hugh Marks (pictured) resigned as CEO of Nine earlier this month after his own newspaper revealed his romance with an ex-employee

Resignation: Hugh Marks (pictured) resigned as CEO of Nine earlier this month after his own newspaper revealed his romance with an ex-employee

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