August 16, 2008
SOME media types would walk over broken glass to get the gig presenting the local version of A Current Affair, but not Leigh McClusky.Leigh revealed this week Nine management had approached her to offer her the sought-after position.
"We've had a number of discussions over a couple of months," Leigh said this week.
"I was flattered but ACA, like Today Tonight, is a style of program I've done.
"That's not to rule out doing something else in TV one day.
"But I did that kind of thing for 12 years and it's now time to move on to something different, a different challenge.
"It's not something that suits where I am at the moment."
Leigh, who has just started her own media consultancy business, McClusky and Co, said whoever got the ACA hosting gig would have a big job ahead.
"Today Tonight are in a very commanding position," she said.
"But nothing is guaranteed and there is nothing more vulnerable than when you're in the lead."
It will be interesting musical chairs in the television world when current Channel 7 TT host Rosanna Mangiarelli goes on maternity leave at the end of the year.
It's likely regular fill-in Paul Makin will sit in the chair, although word is Rosanna may not be off our screens for too long.
The baby, a first child for Rosanna and husband Andrew, is due in January.
A local version of A Current Affair was first announced in June.
It will replace the eastern states-produced edition