TEN’s 2011 calamity The Renovators is back in the news today with claims the series winner cheated during his time on the show.
27 year old South Australian builder Michael Lynch won the series when his Blacktown fibro cottage sold for $440,000. Lynch attracted the highest profit of $68,012, winning him the total profit from all six houses, rounded up to $100,000 in prizemoney.
But News Limited now claims he broke the rules by using free labour from Sydney plumber Michael Sidaros, allegedly promising on-air plugs in exchange for plumbing work.
“The deal was for the plumber to receive some free promotion on the show and for that he did quite a significant amount of work for free,” said a set insider.
But the on-air plugs failed to materialise and Sidaros confirmed he is seeking compensation for “around $15,000” of plumbing work.
He declined to say any more “for legal reasons”.
The future of the show remains unclear, with Programming Chief David Mott recently telling TV Tonight, “There’s no decision on Renovators at this point in time.”
But the longer it drags its feet on a decision for Renovators, the more likely it is that media will speculate on its future.
Meanwhile TEN has announced a new lifestyle renovation show.