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

The Today show is set for an upheaval with major personnel changes after falling behind ABC News Breakfast in the ratings

The executive producer of Channel Nine’s Today program has quit.

James Birtles will move into a new role at Sky News Australia, with Weekend Today’s EP Kendall Bora taking over the weekday edition.

Ms 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 backstage upset after falling behind ABC News Breakfast in the ratings

That’s not the only behind-the-scenes change to the Today show, with supervising producer Lesa De Re also going on maternity leave.

Lead producer Michael Kersnovske will fill in during Ms. De Re’s absence.

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

Leaving: Executive producer James Birtles to move into new role at Sky News Australia

Leaving: Executive producer James Birtles to move into new role at Sky News Australia

New job: Weekend Today executive producer Kendall Bora (right) takes the helm of the weekday edition.  Ms Bora is coincidentally the wife of Weekend Sunrise host Matt Doran (left)

New job: Weekend Today executive producer Kendall Bora (right) takes the helm of the weekday edition. Ms Bora is coincidentally the wife of Weekend Sunrise host Matt Doran (left)

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

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

The staff reshuffle comes amid a turbulent period for the Today show, which is struggling in the breakfast ratings.

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

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

The metropolitan average for today last week was 176,000. In contrast, ABC News Breakfast had 195,000 viewers and Sunrise led the pack with 241,000, Confidential reports.

Battle: The staff reshuffle comes amid a turbulent period for the Today show, which is struggling in the breakfast ratings.  While co-hosts Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon's partnership drew praise from viewers, Today is always behind Channel Seven's Sunrise

Battle: The staff reshuffle comes amid a turbulent period for the Today show, which is struggling in the breakfast ratings. While co-hosts Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon’s partnership drew praise from viewers, Today is always behind Channel Seven’s Sunrise

A challenger appears: The program recently suffered a blow when it placed third behind Sunrise and ABC News Breakfast (hosts pictured) for an entire week for the first time in 13 years

A challenger appears: The program recently suffered a blow when it placed third behind Sunrise and ABC News Breakfast (hosts pictured) for an entire week for the first time in 13 years

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

Michael Pell, longtime executive producer of The Seven breakfast show, stepped down last month to take up a new role with the network in Los Angeles.

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

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

Australia's Number 1: Sunrise is co-hosted by Natalie Barr (left) and David 'Kochie' Koch (right)

Australia’s Number 1: Sunrise is co-hosted by Natalie Barr (left) and David ‘Kochie’ Koch (right)

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