Channel Nine insiders reveal off-contract The Project

In November of this year, Tracy Grimshaw will stand down as host of A Current Affair.

Channel Nine executives are seeking a replacement from within and outside the network.

. Frontrunners include Sylvia Jeffreys and Deb Knight, who are already employed by the network.

Carrie Bickmore of The Project has been considered as a possible wild card. Tracy Grimshaw, who has been the host

of A Current Affair for the past 17 years, abruptly resigned in September and will leave the show in November.

The executives at Channel Nine are searching for somebody who can expertly handle the program's blend of general interest and consumer

justice parts, as well as hold their own against the Prime Minister. During this year's election campaign