Surprisingly Karl Stefanovic isn’t the highest paid television presenter

Find out how much our Aussie stars are worth.
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Television hosts and presenters often become some of the most-well known faces, even become celebrities in their own right, but how much are the likes of Karl Stefanovic, Allison Langdon and Scotty Cam worth?

There are some conflicting reports, but we have collected all the details about how much these stars are paid.

Shirvington joins Sunrise alongside Natalie Barr.

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Seven Network’s Sunrise has been a staple of Australian morning television for over 20 years, and the show’s beloved hosts are reportedly being well compensated for their early morning starts.

A senior TV executive at the network told Daily Mail Australia that former host David ‘Kochie’ Koch had been receiving a salary over $1.5 million prior to his departure from the show in June 2023.

Kochie’s replacement, former Olympian Matt Shirvington, is reported to be receiving a starting salary of $400,000, with a source telling Daily Mail Australia that his salary is expected to jump to over $750,000 pending favourable ratings.

Karl Stefanovic isn’t the highest paid presenter.

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The Australian has claimed a massive $700,000 pay gap between the two Today show hosts, Karl Stefanovic and Sarah Abo.

Karl – who has featured on the breakfast program since 2005 – has an annual salary of $1.5 million, meanwhile Sarah who only begun hosting in 2023 gets paid $800,000.

Today fans will remember the previous pay gap scandal on Today involving Karl and Lisa Wilkinson. The journalist claimed in her autobiography, It Wasn’t Meant To Be Like This, was axed from the program after demanding a salary boost.

There is allegedly a $700,000 pay gap between Karl and Sarah.

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Former Nine CEO Hugh Marks told The Daily Telegraph that Lisa was offered $1.8 million but declined after wanting $2.3 million – surpassing Karl’s $2 million. However, Lisa denied these claims while on ABC’s Radio National.

Allison Langdon’s former gig on Today allegedly had a salary package of $1 million and was on the program for three years.

Upon accepting her new position on A Current Affair, sources told New Idea her salary decreased to $250,000, but she was also working very different hours.

The Australian now reports she is making around $1.5 million on ACA. The salary increase could be a result of the mass success Ally has brought to the program.

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The Daily Telegraph reported the previous ACA host, Tracy Grimshaw was taking home $750,000 per year.

The Block’s Scotty Cam has hosted since 2010 and makes a whopping $1.5 million annually. Given the renovation series is a huge ratings success for Nine, there is no doubt the network is ensuring their legacy host sticks around.

Kyle Sandilands also has an eye-watering salary for his judging position on Australia Idol, accidentally admitting his pay cheque while speaking on his radio program.

“Listen, it’s clearly over a million dollars for three months work, you’d be a fool not to do it,” Kyle said. “I don’t know how much they’re paying the other [judges] so maybe I shouldn’t have said it.”

In addition, Kyle and Jackie O’s annual salary from their radio program has increased from $5 million to $10 million until 2034.

But the highest paid on-air presenter surprisingly isn’t Karl Stefanovic but rather LEGO Masters host Hamish Blake! The Australian reported he makes $2 million per year. Meanwhile, his former radio co-star Andy Lee makes $1 million.

Woman’s Day has reported Love Island Australia host Sophie Monk takes home $800,000 and former The Project presenter Peter Overton makes $900,000.

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