BREAKING NEWS: Studio 10’s Kerri-Anne Kennerley is SACKED from Channel 10 alongside Natarsha Belling and network legend Tim Bailey
Channel 10 has reportedly sacked several major stars, including Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Natarsha Belling and weatherman Tim Bailey, as the coronavirus recession continues to devastate the TV industry.
At least 20 jobs have been cut and staff have been informed that the news and operations department is being ‘restructured’ in response to the sharp decline in advertising revenue.
Current affairs program The Project, hosted by Waleed Aly, Carrie Bickmore and Peter Helliar, is not affected by the cuts.
Job cuts: Channel 10 has reportedly sacked several major stars, including Kerri-Anne Kennerley (pictured), Natarsha Belling and weatherman Tim Bailey, as the coronavirus recession continues to devastate the TV industry
According to Mumbrella, Studio 10 panellist Joe Hildebrand hasn’t lost his job yet but is understood to be ‘in talks’ with the network about his future.
Despite losing Kennerley and Belling, morning show Studio 10 will continue to air weekdays from 8am to midday.
Sarah Harris and Angela Bishop are staying, and Denise Drysdale and Denise Scott will continue as contributors.
Axed: Tim Bailey, who has worked at Channel 10 for three decades, will depart the company
Narelda Jacobs will remain as newsreader and Jono Coleman will present the advertorial segments as normal.
However, the network has advised that more changes will be announced regarding Studio 10 in the coming weeks.
Channel 10’s network director of news content, Ross Dagan, said in a statement: ‘The decision to make these changes was a very difficult one and I want to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to our friends and colleagues who will leave the network.
‘It is in no way a reflection of their talent, contribution or passion. They are exceptionally gifted people. We are incredibly proud of them and their work. There is no doubt they will be missed.
‘These painful changes reflect the state of the media industry in recent years and the need for all media companies to achieve new efficiencies.
‘While our viewers in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth will see some on-air changes, we will continue to produce local news and employ local reporters, camera operators and production staff in those cities.’
Beverley McGarvey, Channel 10’s chief content officer, added: ‘These decisions are not being made lightly, however, they are essential to future-proofing our business.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel 10 for comment.
Channel 10’s full statement
‘Network 10 today informed staff about a restructuring of its News and Operations department.
As part of the restructuring, the presentation of the weekday 5.00pm to 6.30pm 10 News First bulletins will be centralised in Sydney and Melbourne.
• Presentation of the weekday Sydney, Brisbane and Perth 5.00pm to 6.30pm news bulletins will take place in Sydney.
• Presentation of the weekday Melbourne and Adelaide 5.00pm to 6.30pm news bulletins will take place in Melbourne.
Network 10 will also move to a national weekday weather model. A new national meteorologist [to replace Tim Bailey] will be announced soon.
10 News First bulletins will remain locally produced and will continue to employ local reporters, news crews and operations staff in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
The changes to the Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth weekday news bulletins are expected to be effective from Monday, September 14.
National weekend bulletins will not be affected. The Project is not affected.
There will also be some changes to the presentation of Studio 10. It will continue to air weekdays from 8.00am to 12.00pm.
As a result of the restructuring, some on-air presenters, journalists and operations staff will leave Network 10. The network would like to thank those people for their dedication and hard work.
A redundancy program has commenced in Network 10’s News and Operations department.
No further details are available at this stage.’