I’m sorry Studio 10, I’ve gone too far


Sometimes you say things, even write things, you go on to regret. Today I am experiencing that sickening feeling of knowing my public statements were simply too much

Sarah Harris & Tristan MacManus host the revised Studio 10

Yesterday was an emotional day for me. I watched as a show I worked very hard on for many years completely changed format. It would be fair to say the changes did not sit well with me.

Unlike other people who would probably talk to their partners about this, I have this annoying habit of speaking publicly – whether it be on podcasts, videocasts or twitter.

Last night I spoke from the heart while recording the TV Blackbox Podcast and those comments have since been published in an article on The Daily Mail. In the cold light of day, I look back at those remarks and I have regrets.

It’s one thing for me to disagree with the changes to Studio 10, but it’s another to pour scorn on the people working hard behind the scenes to deliver four hours of television.

You know you’ve gone too far when people you respect reach out to you to let you know.

I will admit when I see these quotes in a publication attributed to me, I don’t feel good about it:

‘lazy, boring television’

‘A piece of shit, no matter how much you roll it in glitter, is a piece of shit. It was woeful.’

How arrogant people must think I am.

So, because I made those comment publicly so I am going to apologise publicly. To all those people who work their arses off each and every day – I am sorry.

I’ve always thought I should be able to comment about Studio 10 as part of my job being a media commentator, but the simple fact is I can never comment without bias.

So, from now on I will leave the commentary to others.

Good luck to everyone who works on the show, it’s (finally) time for me to move on.

And for the record I think Sarah and Tristan make a great team.

*Rob McKnight is the former Executive Producer of Studio 10

Robert McKnight
"Leading TV commentator" - The Daily Telegraph. "Known for his impeccable sources in the TV industry" - The Daily Mail. Robert McKnight is a highly regarded Australian Television Producer having worked at SEVEN, NINE and TEN during his 25 years in the industry. Publicly he is most well-known for creating and producing STUDIO 10 but has worked on SUNRISE, THE MORNING SHOW plus other prime time productions in addition to creating award-winning news campaigns for both 7NEWS and 9NEWS. Currently Rob is the host and producer of the TV BLACKBOX, MCKNIGHT TONIGHT and MONSTERS WHO MURDER podcasts plus host & executive producer of the video streaming show THE BEN, ROB & ROBBO SHOW.


  1. I think the show is boring. Once they announced Kerri Ann and Joe were leaving I knew that was the end for me. If it’s not broken why fix it. Kerri Ann and Joe have an edge and say what they think. The rest of the show is predictable. Sorry channel 10, big mistakes, HUGE!!!

  2. Great that you apologised Rob McNight. It’s unfortunate you can’t take it back no matter what. However we usually learn from our mistakes. Let’s hope so in this case especially as some wording was not very objective, in fact as you stated it was subjective based on your own ideas & past history with the show.

  3. I’m glad you did this. I listened to the podcast and I was really shocked at the comments you made. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter, if Ten can make it profitable and there’s is audience then it does their job. Let it be.
    To me I feel there has been less production staff behind the show since the redundancies or there is a younger/greener lot in working on it. They will all find their groove.

    I think give it time, let it settle in. They will find their feet.
    The biggest thing and the hardest thing is to let go of something you once loved and I think it’s great you have realised this 🙂


  4. Channel 10 has been slowly getting worse for years, the project is so “woke” and left its painful. Studio 10 was ok until joe and kak left, they spoke their mind and said what they thought even when not the pc version. Channel 10 needs a leader with vision who is middle of the road and wants to inform and entertain instead of inflicting their values and beliefs on tbe watching public. Goodbye channel 10, at least for now.

  5. Oh Rob,
    You are a great person and it was your baby. Takes a good man to admit they were in the wrong and YOU are a good man.

  6. Sarah Harris needed former hosts for some kind of intelligent imput. She lacks knowledge on most current topics. This is very evident now.

  7. I have nothing against the new host but Joe leaving was a massive mistake on Studio 10 part. The IQ of this show has gone down hill it’s now become like a teeny bop light entertainment show. I loved the big issues they debated on and Joes wealth of knowledge.
    Sarah is laughing like a giddy teenager every second and it’s become annoying.

  8. A very sad day when the team started to depart. Starting from Jessica Rowe and onwards. Studio 10 is old news for me now and not entertaining at all and after all we tune in for entertainment!!

  9. I have watched studio 10 for years. I’m disappointed with the changes. Tristan looks scared and can’t seem to look comfortable. Sarah is laughing so much and trying to include him. His looks like he’s being interviewed by her and is terrified of every question.
    I loved Joe he was fantastic.
    So channel 10 I’m afraid I’ve turned my back on this show.

  10. I stopped watching when KAK joined the show. I find her egotistical and narrow minded to the point of nastiness. Sarah is wonderful. I hope this program gets back on track. I haven’t got around to watching it again yet but I will.

  11. I have never bothered with morning television till studio 10 started. it was getting better and better then they got such great chemistry with Joe Sarah kerryanne and angela. it made me laugh cry and bring so much fun. I loved Tarsh too. now I have lost interest because I loved how Joe said things with honesty kerryanne too. very sad to see a show so enjoyable have to be altered.

  12. Yes Chanel 10. The new format is not good. Everyone seems too stiff now and not relaxed. No disrespect to Tristan as he’s the new kid on the block.The team seems disjointed. I’m so disappointed in Studio 10 now, it WAS my favourite show.

  13. Will not watch studio 10 again after Tarsh always happy great news reader and kak had so many different views whether right or wrong, Joe the same to be replaced by Tristan who knows if he will do the right thing if we can understand him and the other person brought over from W.A. who has a serious not so happy to make up the studio 10. So sorry channel 10 u have lost a very dedicated viewed

  14. Now that KAK has gone there’s a whole new generation who might give it a go. She should’ve retired years ago, her schtik is such an old and tired format, and for those who aren’t impressed by “controversy for controversies sake” this is a win for the sensible middle. Same as Joe. We all know where you guys sit politically. There’s zero objectivity. Being a contrarian doesn’t make what someone says more interesting when it becomes so predictable you already know their stance before they open their mouth! The program desperately needed a revamp and like all shows before it, the diehards complain at first but then a new generation of viewers jump on board and the show finds its feet. Well so they hope.
    Give it 12 months. If it still generates income for the network then they’ve ultimately saved $ which is the way the world works.


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