Lisa Wilkinson book scandal: Columnist slams Today Show over claims Karl Stefanovic was paid more 💥👩💥

Columnist SLAMS Lisa Wilkinson for ‘revolting’ claims she was paid less than Karl Stefanovic and says she’s turned the pay gap debate into a farce

  • Columnist Janet Albrechtsen blasts Lisa Wilkinson for ‘revolting’ pay-gap claims
  • An article this week revealed Wilkinson was originally paid more than cohost
  • The Today Show host reportedly earned double than Karl Stefanovic in 2006
  • Ms Albrechtsen said Lisa’s pay dispute turns gender pay-gap debate into a farce


High-profile newspaper columnist Janet Albrechtsen has accused Lisa Wilkinson of turning the gender pay gap debate into a ‘farce’ with her tell-all memoir.

In an extract from The Project host’s forthcoming biography, It Wasn’t Meant To Be This Way, the former Today show host claimed colleague Karl Stefanovic managed to negotiate a $2million deal with the Nine Network.

Wilkinson claimed Stefanovic’s deal was double her salary.

Wilkinson has gone on to claim that the pay gap between the breakfast TV duo was ‘so off the charts that no-one would have believed it – and much bigger than that figure that had been conveniently leaked’.

But a News Corp report published this week revealed that Wilkinson herself had actually earned double the salary of Stefanovic for ‘years’ after she first signed with the network in 2006.

Those revelations prompted Ms Albrechtsen to blast Wilkinson in the pages of the national broadsheet.

She described Wilkinson’s salary claims as ‘revolting’.

Columnist Jane Albrechtsen (pictured) has slammed former Today Show host Lisa Wilkinson for turning the gender pay-gap debate ‘into a farce’

Damning revelations reveal Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) was originally paid more than double of cohost Karl Stefanovic in 2006

Damning revelations reveal Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) was originally paid more than double of cohost Karl Stefanovic in 2006

‘The gender pay gap is a serious issue, Wilkinson seems to have turned it into a farce…’ Ms Albrechtsen wrote on Friday.

‘For the sake of the argument let’s accept what is now hotly contested, namely that Nine did systematically pay Wilkinson less than Stefanovic for the same job.

‘The real question, and harder one, is whether Nine paid her less for the same job because of her sex, as she alleges?’

Ms Albrechtsen went on to note that Wilkinson was more than capable of fending for herself and taking on Nine in the media or the courts, and asked whether she had raised the point.

‘Wilkinson is no shrinking violet,’ Albrechtsen wrote.

For their side of it, the Nine Network has previously argued the work of Stefanovic and Wilkinson wasn’t the same.

Stefanovic was paid as for providing content exclusively to Nine, while Lisa filed online stories for the now-defunct news website, The Huffington Post.

Daily Mail Australia revealed that her publisher, Harper Collins Australia, sensationally demanded a preview copy of the memoir be returned by news.com.au after the website published an article on Tuesday about Wilkinson having earned more than Stefanovic.

In the piece written by respected political journalist Samantha Maiden, unnamed sources at Channel Nine disputed Wilkinson’s claims that Stefanovic was ‘paid double’ what she earned.

The article instead claimed it was Wilkinson who was paid more than Stefanovic for ‘many years’ after the pair first teamed up on Nine’s Today Show back in 2006.

The contrary claims about Wilkinson’s original Nine contract reportedly did not go down well with her book publishers.

Wilkinson famously left the network after a pay-gap dispute revealing Stefanovic (pictured) was on a $2million contract

Wilkinson famously left the network after a pay-gap dispute revealing Stefanovic (pictured) was on a $2million contract

One insider claimed news.com.au were ordered to return the company’s only preview copy of the tell-all book saying,’They blew up and asked for their copy back’.

News.com.au editor Lisa Muxworthy declined to comment when contacted by Daily Mail Australia.

A spokesperson for Harper Collins also declined to confirm the allegation.

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Lisa Wilkinson book scandal: Columnist slams Today Show over claims Karl Stefanovic was paid more

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