The hosts of Channel 10’s morning show have spoken out about the events of the past 24 hours in an emotional segment
It’s been a rocky road for Studio 10 ever since its inception… and I speak from personal experience.
As the founding Executive Producer of the show I never felt the show was safe from the axe. Well, despite those fears the show will continue, albeit in a different format, after major budget cuts take affect in the coming weeks.
As previously reported Channel 10 is slashing its news programming budget, except for The Project which has been protected from any major cuts.
Yesterday the show was watched by 59,000 in the 5 cap cities, down on the 100k+ it was achieving in 2017.
This morning the hosts of Studio 10 took a moment to talk about the cuts.
Host Sarah Harris confirmed there would be changes, but also revealed she didn’t know what those changes would be, saying:
“It’s been a huge 24 hours at ten. By now you’ve probably read all about the cuts that have had to be made at the network and it’s all true. In a few weeks time Studio 10, our little show, will look very different to what it does now.
“We will keep you updated with what’s going on here once we know”
Kerri-Anne Kennerley, in true showbiz style, made plenty of jokes before addressing the audience seriously:
“I’m very, very sad because I will miss, miss you guys.
“But that said, it is what it is. You just have to suck it up and move on”
Original host Joe Hildebrand acknowledged the harsh economic reality facing all industries and acknowledged his own future with the network is still up in the air:
“I don’t know what’s going to happen with me, we’re still talking about it but it’s been an amazing seven years. I remember when it was just me and Ita (Buttrose) and this is even before there was a studio 10, it was before it even had a name. It’s been an extraordinary run”
Host and entertainment reporter Angela Bishop has survived the cuts and is rumoured to be co-hosting a retooled format of the show with Sarah Harris. It’s believed the new format will resemble Studio 10‘s competitors with a double-header with special guests talking hot topics.
*See how news of Channel 10 cuts broke live on air in the player below:
Bishop shone light on the people behind the scenes who have not been acknowledged in the headlines:
“It’s not just the people you saw in the headlines in the papers, it’s operations teams, it’s people, it’s camera crews, studio crews in other states and a lot of people who have a really long history here at network ten and who are kind of part of the DNA.”
As is right, the final word was left to Harris who summed up how everyone is feeling:
“We’re just all so heartbroken for our friends, it’s been gut-wrenching to hear the news. It is a shocking, shocking economic reality that we’re facing at the moment.”