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The Project's Carrie Bickmore 'hunting for a UK TV gig' after announcing she's moving to England


Speculation is swirling about Carrie Bickmore’s next career move as she heads to the UK with her family. 

Carrie, 41, announced on Tuesday’s episode of The Project she will be taking several months off to live in England with her partner Chris Walker and their three children.

And according to New Idea magazine, Carrie is already hunting for a TV presenting gig in the UK to keep her occupied while abroad. 

The future's bright! The Project's Carrie Bickmore, 41, (pictured) is reportedly hunting for a TV gig in the UK after  announcing she's 'temporarily' relocating to England with her family

The future’s bright! The Project’s Carrie Bickmore, 41, (pictured) is reportedly hunting for a TV gig in the UK after  announcing she’s ‘temporarily’ relocating to England with her family

‘Carrie could easily do breakfast TV, or stick to her guns and pick up an evening current affair-style gig,’ the TV industry source said. 

‘Her management will surely be working hard to use Carrie’s travels in the UK to her advantage.’ 

If Carrie does ink a lucrative deal in the UK, she may well decide to leave her post at The Project for good. 

She's got options: 'Carrie could easily do breakfast TV, or stick to her guns and pick up an evening current affair-style gig', a TV industry insider told New Idea magazine

She’s got options: ‘Carrie could easily do breakfast TV, or stick to her guns and pick up an evening current affair-style gig’, a TV industry insider told New Idea magazine 

Meanwhile, Woman’s Day magazine claims Carrie is considering a move to Australian breakfast television once she returns from her sabbatical.  

‘I won’t be surprised if she moves away from The Project given the ratings, and after all that time with her family she’ll be ready to take on something bigger like breakfast TV,’ an industry source claimed. 

According to the publication, Channel Nine golden boy Karl Stefanovic is even hoping to use ‘close friendship’ with Carrie to convince her to join the Today show.

'They could be the dream team': Woman's Day magazine claims Channel Nine golden boy Karl Stefanovic (pictured) is using his 'close friendship' with Carrie to convince her to join the Today show

‘They could be the dream team’: Woman’s Day magazine claims Channel Nine golden boy Karl Stefanovic (pictured) is using his ‘close friendship’ with Carrie to convince her to join the Today show

‘Karl knows Carrie, and they could be the dream team-  they could laugh themselves out of any situation,’ the insider noted. 

However, The Australian Media Diary has reported that Carrie will be back on The Project in a matter of months – just as she promised. 

‘Insiders tell Diary that Bickmore will be gone for three months, and won’t return to the show until July at the earliest,’ the paper reported on Monday. 

Back by July 'at the earliest': Meanwhile, The Australian Media Diary has reported that Carrie will be back on The Project in a matter of months - just as she promised

Back by July ‘at the earliest’: Meanwhile, The Australian Media Diary has reported that Carrie will be back on The Project in a matter of months – just as she promised

Carrie revealed the news of her exit during Tuesday’s show, becoming emotional as she explained she and her husband Chris Walker would be taking their family to the UK.   

‘In April I’m going to be taking a few months off The Project desk. Chris and I and the kids are heading off on a family adventure together,’ she said. 

‘We’ve been wanting to do it for a while but lots of reasons, timing hasn’t been right, but we figure it’s never going to be the perfect time to go’. 

'In April I'm going to be taking a few months off The Project desk': Carrie revealed the news of her exit during Tuesday's show, becoming emotional as she explained she and her husband Chris Walker would be taking their family to the UK

‘In April I’m going to be taking a few months off The Project desk’: Carrie revealed the news of her exit during Tuesday’s show, becoming emotional as she explained she and her husband Chris Walker would be taking their family to the UK

She continued: ‘It’s something we really want to do before my son starts his final years at school so we’re doing term two in the UK. So I will be off for a couple of months.’ 

She did not, however, mention the recent sale of her five-bedroom property, which sold at auction for an undisclosed price on March 3. 

Carrie also explained that she had been inspired by her co-star Kate Langbroek, 56, who spent two years living abroad in Bologna, Italy, with her family. 

Inspired: Carrie explained that she had been inspired by her co-star Kate Langbroek (right) who spent two years living abroad in Bologna, Italy, with her family

Inspired: Carrie explained that she had been inspired by her co-star Kate Langbroek (right) who spent two years living abroad in Bologna, Italy, with her family

‘You are a big inspiration for heading overseas with a family and we had some big conversations after living through the world’s longest lockdown,’ Carrie said. 

‘One of the things that my son Ollie said was how much he was going to miss the family time when we were coming out of lockdown which kind of surprised us because we had a lot of family time! 

‘But we thought, gosh, he still wants to spend time with us and while he does he only has a few years left and then he will fly away so we thought we would seize the moment and do it,’ she concluded. 

Family: Carrie has two children, daughters Evie, six, and Adelaide, three, with her partner Chris Walker, as well as her son, Oliver Lange, 14, who she shares with her late husband Greg Lange, who died of brain cancer in 2010. All pictured

Family: Carrie has two children, daughters Evie, six, and Adelaide, three, with her partner Chris Walker, as well as her son, Oliver Lange, 14, who she shares with her late husband Greg Lange, who died of brain cancer in 2010. All pictured

Time away: 'We've been wanting to do it for a while but lots of reasons, timing hasn't been right, but we figure it's never going to be the perfect time to go' she said

Time away: ‘We’ve been wanting to do it for a while but lots of reasons, timing hasn’t been right, but we figure it’s never going to be the perfect time to go’ she said 

Chrissie Swan and Georgie Tunny have since been announced as Carrie’s replacements on The Project during her time awaay. 

The pair will appear on the show on alternate nights alongside regular panellists Waleed Aly and Peter Helliar. 

Carrie has two children, daughters Evie, six, and Adelaide, three, with her partner Chris Walker. 

Part of the family: The television host has been a core part of The Project for over a decade - since 2009. Pictured with Peter Helliar, Waleed Aly and Steve Price

Part of the family: The television host has been a core part of The Project for over a decade – since 2009. Pictured with Peter Helliar, Waleed Aly and Steve Price

She also has a son, Oliver Lange, 14, who she shares with her late husband Greg Lange, who died of brain cancer in 2010. 

The television host has been a core part of The Project for over a decade – since 2009. 

Along with being awarded an Order of Australia for her service to media, Carrie has also been nominated for multiple Logie Awards, and won three. 

Back then: Carrie recently shared a throwback photo of the original cast in their late 2000s finery. In the image, Carrie stood beside former panelist Dave Hughes and a young Charlie Pickering, as well as MasterChef star Julie Goodwin

Back then: Carrie recently shared a throwback photo of the original cast in their late 2000s finery. In the image, Carrie stood beside former panelist Dave Hughes and a young Charlie Pickering, as well as MasterChef star Julie Goodwin

The award-winning television and radio presenter took home the coveted Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Television in 2015. 

She got her start on television in 2006, reading the news bulletin on Channel Ten’s popular variety show Rove Live.

Carrie’s exit comes as ratings for The Project continue to dwindle to all-time lows.  

Winner: The award-winning television and radio presenter took home the coveted Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Television in 2015

Winner: The award-winning television and radio presenter took home the coveted Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Television in 2015 

Channel Ten’s flagship current affairs show has lost almost a third of its audience since 2011, OzTAM ratings revealed in November. 

The program saw its metro ratings plummet to an all-time low of just 367,000 in 2021.

That’s a 30 per cent decline from its five-city audience of 538,000 a decade ago. 

Low yield: Carrie's exit comes as ratings for The Project continue to dwindle to all-time lows. Pictured: Carrie with Waleed Aly, Lisa Wilkinson and Peter Helliar

Low yield: Carrie’s exit comes as ratings for The Project continue to dwindle to all-time lows. Pictured: Carrie with Waleed Aly, Lisa Wilkinson and Peter Helliar 

The national audience, which includes regional viewers, has also seen a similar percentage drop from 725,000 in 2011 to 490,000 in 2021.

These figures have made The Project commercial TV’s worst-performing nightly premium program.

Despite disappointing ratings, a Channel 10 spokesperson denied rumours late last year that The Project would soon be facing the axe.

Losses: Channel Ten's flagship current affairs show has lost almost a third of its audience since 2011, OzTAM ratings revealed in November

Losses: Channel Ten’s flagship current affairs show has lost almost a third of its audience since 2011, OzTAM ratings revealed in November

‘The Project has just celebrated its 12th birthday and is here to stay,’ they said.

‘At a time when information, context and understanding is more important than ever, The Project will continue to provide Australians with their dose of news delivered differently.’

A leading TV commentator claimed Channel 10 was losing viewers because of The Project’s left-wing agenda.

Rob McKnight, a former 10 executive who now runs industry website TV Blackbox, said the views expressed on The Project don’t resonate with everyday Aussies.

He told Daily Mail Australia that despite its slick production and top-tier talent, The Project is ‘very woke and that doesn’t connect with mainstream Australia’. 

Lasting? Despite disappointing ratings, a Channel 10 spokesperson denied rumours late last year that The Project would soon be facing the axe. Pictured with Carrie are Tommy little, Peter Helliar, Hamish Macdonald, Waleed Aly, Lisa Wilkinson and Gorgi Coghlan

Lasting? Despite disappointing ratings, a Channel 10 spokesperson denied rumours late last year that The Project would soon be facing the axe. Pictured with Carrie are Tommy little, Peter Helliar, Hamish Macdonald, Waleed Aly, Lisa Wilkinson and Gorgi Coghlan

Politics: A leading TV commentator claimed Channel 10 was losing viewers because of The Project's left-wing agenda

Politics: A leading TV commentator claimed Channel 10 was losing viewers because of The Project’s left-wing agenda 

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