Staff at TEN are expecting to begin receiving voluntary redundancy notices as early as this morning.
Up to 100 jobs are likely to be cut across the network and outdoor advertising group, Eye Corp. It is tipped to include 15 fulltime journalists and 85 other staff across production, sales, operations and programming.
Programmes in the firing line could include Late News and Sports Tonight, 6:30 with George Negus, TEN Evening News at 6pm on weekends and Sports Tonight on digital channel, ONE.
The Australian reports that George Negus has been scathingly criticised by board members as “too earnest” and even “boring.” If he is cut loose at the end of the year when his contract expires he could be replaced by Hamish MacDonald or even Hugh Riminton, should the programme itself be retained.
Sandra Sully is expected to be retained despite the possibility of TEN dumping TEN Late News.
Last week 6.30 With George Negus averaged 475,000 viewers in its early evening outing, down slightly from 482,000 the week before.
TEN’s new CEO James Warburton begins at the network on January 1st.