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Big Brother reboot 'will be delayed until after the Olympics so that Channel Seven's new signing Sonia Kruger can host the show'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 7/11/2019 Tom Place and Daniel Piotrowski for Daily Mail Australia

a girl posing for a picture: Hot property! Sonia Kruger has officially jumped ship from Channel Nine to Seven, and her new employer is reportedly considering reshuffling its schedule ahead of her arrival next year © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Hot property! Sonia Kruger has officially jumped ship from Channel Nine to Seven, and her new employer is reportedly considering reshuffling its schedule ahead of her arrival next year Sonia Kruger has officially jumped ship from Channel Nine to Seven, and her new employer is reportedly considering reshuffling its schedule ahead of her arrival next year.

According to industry website TV Blackbox, Seven executives want to re-schedule the highly-anticipated Big Brother reboot to accommodate Sonia as host.

Production was scheduled to begin in April, but the start date has supposedly been pushed back 'due to Kruger's contract with [Nine].'  

a sign on a stage: Delayed? Production for Big Brother was scheduled to begin in April, but the start date has supposedly been pushed back 'due to Kruger's contract with [Nine]' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Delayed? Production for Big Brother was scheduled to begin in April, but the start date has supposedly been pushed back 'due to Kruger's contract with [Nine]' As a result, Big Brother isn't likely to air until August, after the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Sonia, who previously hosted Big Brother from 2012 to 2014 on Nine, is also set to front another Seven program, Mega Mini Golf, according to TV Blackbox. 

It comes after Sonia decided to move to Seven because she was 'tired' of working five mornings a week on Nine's Today Extra and wants to focus on prime time.  

Sonia Kruger standing on a stage posing for the camera: She's got history: According to TV Blackbox, Seven executives want to re-schedule the highly-anticipated Big Brother reboot to accommodate Sonia as host. Sonia previously hosted Big Brother from 2012 to 2014 on Nine (pictured) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited She's got history: According to TV Blackbox, Seven executives want to re-schedule the highly-anticipated Big Brother reboot to accommodate Sonia as host. Sonia previously hosted Big Brother from 2012 to 2014 on Nine (pictured) Daily Mail Australia understands she was offered a $1.3million-per-year salary to jump ship.

Seven chairman Kerry Stokes is also believed to be a 'huge fan' of Sonia's work.

'She's leaving because Channel Seven are prepared to pay far more money than Channel Nine,' an insider said earlier this week.  

Nine had reportedly offered Sonia, who first joined the network in 2011, a new three-year contract worth over $1.5million, but negotiations hit a wall.

a person talking on a cell phone: Now that's a deal! Daily Mail Australia understands Sonia was offered a $1.3million-per-year salary to jump ship to Seven. By contrast, Nine was offering her $1.5million over three years © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Now that's a deal! Daily Mail Australia understands Sonia was offered a $1.3million-per-year salary to jump ship to Seven. By contrast, Nine was offering her $1.5million over three years 'Sonia has been a much loved member of the Nine team for so many years and everyone has been very gracious and wished her well,' said a source. 

'Unfortunately, Nine just couldn't justify paying her what Seven is prepared to pay.  Nine made it very clear that the amount of money she wanted would have been fiscally irresponsible for their business.' 

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