“Am I sailing this ship until they decide it’s over?” a TEN employee asks Fairfax. “I guarantee you, if they suddenly turn around and say, ‘We’re going with SKY News,’ a lot of us won’t even come to work the next day.
“It feels like millionaires and billionaires are controlling our lives, and we’re just the chess pieces.”
In the fall-out of TEN’s administration this week, there are conflicting reports about how it feels at the coalface.
“People were in tears,” one employee told the newspaper.
“This isn’t a normal redundancy round. Our company is in administration. We’re genuinely worried about our futures.”
But another says “It really is business as usual. Nothing’s changed, day-to-day, in the way I do my job.”
CEO Paul Anderson told staff earlier this week there were no redundancies are planned.
Meanwhile attention continues on the media reform package introduced in Parliament yesterday, but which still lacks enough support to pass.
The four One Nation senators are proposing an amendment to the two-out-of-three rule.
One Nation whip Brian Burston told The Australian a new three-out-of-four rule could allow a person to control radio, TV and newspaper companies but not, for example, a cable television network.
The party has also proposed establishing a two-out-of-four rule.
“Negotiations are progressing. We’re going to reconvene Monday next week,” Senator Burston said.
“The ideas were canvassed without any sense of whether they’ll be successfully negotiated. I think we’re making progress.”
Media buyers are confident TEN’s ad revenue won’t be affected by the corporate drama for some time.
Standard Media Index’s managing director in Australia, Jane Schulze, said, “Their programming, which is what the agencies are buying, is locked in into the foreseeable future. I would concur with others that it would be business as usual.”