A meeting has just been held at Channel 10 where staff were informed of major changes coming to the news department
10’s news boss Ross Dagan has announced significant changes to the news department during an all staff meeting.
Amongst the changes announced will be the centralisation of all news presentation to Sydney and Melbourne.
The Brisbane and Perth news services will be read from Sydney and Adelaide will be read from Melbourne.
TV Blackbox can confirm all three presenters in the Brisbane newsroom were told this morning they would no longer have jobs.
During his address to staff Ross Dagan said;
“This is a sad day”
Dagan also advised there would be staffing changes at Studio 10, and Mumbrella are reporting the Natarsha Belling and Tim Bailey are casualties in the redundancies, as is Kerri-Anne Kennerley. Joe Hildebrand is in discussions with regard to his time at the network.
TV Blackbox has heard rumours of changes which would include on-air changes.
Chief content officer Beverly McGarvey sent out an e-mail to staff shortly after:
As part of our ongoing strategy to transform our business for the future, we are restructuring our News, Operations and Technology departments. Following an initial period of consultation, a redundancy program will commence for this group.
We remain committed to providing local news and news gathering in all markets. These changes in our production methodology allow us to be more efficient while continuing to provide important local news services in all states.
Unfortunately, this means we will say goodbye to some incredibly talented colleagues and friends who have made important contributions to our business.
The changes that will go into effect beginning Monday, September 14 are:
The weekday 5.00pm to 6.30pm 10 News First bulletins will be centralised in Sydney and Melbourne. Weekday Brisbane and Perth news bulletins will take place in Sydney, and Melbourne will present its local news and the Adelaide news bulletin. Note that the national weekend news bulletin will remain the same.
Although the Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth bulletins will not be presented locally, they will remain locally produced and we will continue to employ local reporters, news crews and operations staff in those markets.
We will move to a national weekday weather model which will encompass local and national weather forecasts. A new national meteorologist will be announced soon.
There will also be some changes to the presentation of Studio 10, the details of which will be communicated to the relevant staff.
Across the organisation, your managers and Human Resources partners will take you through the detail of these measures and their implementation. Please reach out to them with any questions you have. You can also access a range of support services through Network 10’s Employee Assistance Program on 1800 808 374.
I want to make it clear that these changes reflect the state of the media industry and the need for all media companies to achieve new efficiencies and find new operating models. They were not made easily and involved a lot of thinking about how we need to operate to ensure we move forward in the strongest way possible.
We remain committed to our news organisation, and deeply value this team’s work. As mentioned, 10 News First will continue to be produced locally in each market. It will continue to have local news gathering services, reporters, camera crews and production staff. It will continue to bring local news to viewers.
Personally, I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude for the great work, commitment and enthusiasm the departing staff have shown to their jobs and our company.
I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done and continue to do.
Thank you everyone for your ongoing commitment to driving our organisation forward. I know change is not easy, but I am confident that we will build an even stronger media company for the future.
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