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The Today show is set for a shake-up with major staff departure

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The Today show is set for a shake-up with major staff departure

The executive producer of Channel Nine’s Today show has resigned.

James Birtles will move on to a new role at Sky News Australia, with Weekend Today’s EP Kendall Bora stepping up to helm the weekday edition.

Mr Bora is coincidentally the wife of Weekend Sunrise presenter Matt Doran. 

Changing of the guard: The Today show, hosted by Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon, is set for a shake-up behind the scenes after falling behind ABC News Breakfast in the ratings

Changing of the guard: The Today show, hosted by Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon, is set for a shake-up behind the scenes after falling behind ABC News Breakfast in the ratings

Changing of the guard: The Today show, hosted by Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon, is set for a shake-up behind the scenes after falling behind ABC News Breakfast in the ratings

This isn’t the only behind-the-scenes change at the Today show, with supervising producer Lesa De Re also going on maternity leave.

Senior producer Michael Kersnovske will fill in while Ms De Re is away. 

Steve Burling, who remains Director of Morning at Nine, made the staff announcements last week.

New job: Weekend Today's executive producer Kendall Bora (right) is stepping up to helm the weekday edition. Mr Bora is coincidentally the wife of Weekend Sunrise host Matt Doran (left)

New job: Weekend Today's executive producer Kendall Bora (right) is stepping up to helm the weekday edition. Mr Bora is coincidentally the wife of Weekend Sunrise host Matt Doran (left)

New job: Weekend Today’s executive producer Kendall Bora (right) is stepping up to helm the weekday edition. Mr Bora is coincidentally the wife of Weekend Sunrise host Matt Doran (left)

Announcement: Steve Burling (pictured), who remains Director of Morning Television at Nine, made the staff announcements last week

Announcement: Steve Burling (pictured), who remains Director of Morning Television at Nine, made the staff announcements last week

Announcement: Steve Burling (pictured), who remains Director of Morning at Nine, made the staff announcements last week

The staffing shake-up comes amid a turbulent time for the Today show, which is struggling in the breakfast TV ratings.

While the partnership of co-hosts Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon has drawn praise from viewers, Today is still falling behind Channel Seven’s Sunrise.

And the program recently suffered a major blow when it placed third behind Sunrise and ABC News Breakfast for a whole week for the first time in 13 years.

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Today’s metro average last week was 176,000. By contrast, ABC News Breakfast had 195,000 viewers and Sunrise led the pack with 241,000, reports Confidential

Battle: The staff shake-up comes amid a turbulent time for the Today show, which is struggling in the breakfast TV ratings. While the partnership of co-hosts Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon has drawn praise from viewers, Today is still falling behind Channel Seven's Sunrise

Battle: The staff shake-up comes amid a turbulent time for the Today show, which is struggling in the breakfast TV ratings. While the partnership of co-hosts Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon has drawn praise from viewers, Today is still falling behind Channel Seven's Sunrise

Battle: The staff shake-up comes amid a turbulent time for the Today show, which is struggling in the breakfast TV ratings. While the partnership of co-hosts Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon has drawn praise from viewers, Today is still falling behind Channel Seven’s Sunrise 

Meanwhile, Sunrise has also had a changing of the guard behind the camera.

The Seven breakfast show’s longtime executive producer Michael Pell stepped down last month to take up a new position at the network in Los Angeles.

Sarah Stinson, the former executive producer of The Morning Show, has been promoted to the newly created role of Director of Morning Television, overseeing Sunrise, Weekend Sunrise and The Morning Show.

Meanwhile, day-to-day operations at Sunrise will be handled by executive producer Sean Power, who has spent the past decade working for Seven, 2GB and Nine.

Australia's No. 1: Sunrise is co-hosted by Natalie Barr (left) and David 'Kochie' Koch (right)

Australia's No. 1: Sunrise is co-hosted by Natalie Barr (left) and David 'Kochie' Koch (right)

Australia’s No. 1: Sunrise is co-hosted by Natalie Barr (left) and David ‘Kochie’ Koch (right)

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