Former WIN TV boss TV boss David Butorac says he was sacked for axing regional daytime TV show Susie, hosted by Susie Elelman.
According to a statement of claim filed by Mr Butorac in the Federal Court, his decision to dump the low rating show led to his sudden exit from the regional broadcaster. His sacking surprised the TV industry after WIN TV had put in a solid financial performance for the 2008-09 financial year, despite the economic downturn.
Many in the industry have been aware that the show was a personal favourite of the billionaire boss, Bruce Gordon, who resides in Bermuda. It was one of the network’s few original programming titles.
Butorac is seeking a termination payout of at least $900,000 plus unspecified bonuses, damages, interest and costs.
A year ago, Susie was dumped from daytime schedules on WIN-owned stations in Perth and Adelaide, leaving it in place in regional affiliates. Elelman has since filmed guest segments for Nine’s Postcards show.
At this year’s Logie Awards, Elelman told TV Tonight: “We had 4 timeslot changes in 15 months. I think because of the affiliation with the Nine Network and fitting in all their shows as well …it’s hard when you’ve got so much programming.
“If you talk to Bruce Gordon it’s coming back and that’s great, he owns the network! But it won’t be this year.”