Peter Meakin, who begins formally at TEN tomorrow, has told the Sunday Telegraph the show has to improve.
“Any show that rates the way Wake Up does obviously does not have a long term future and that’s just a fact,” Meakin, said.
“It’s looking at maybe another six months unless it starts to do a lot better.”
That’s despite TEN’s own CEO Hamish McLennan repeatedly saying the network was committed to it for the long haul.
Wake Up has been averaging numbers of 30,000 – 40,000 against Sunrise and Today over 300,000.
So far Wake Up has has an uncanny history reflecting its predecessor, Breakfast, which lost a presenter followed by its producer. Eventually it was axed even though the network said it was a long term project.
Meakin, 72, begins at TEN after his contract ‘gardening leave’ with Seven expires. He replaces Anthony Flannery who resigned earlier this month.