Old news on TEN cuts (except for one that might not be)
TEN denies speculation about cuts in Melbourne drawn from a dated report -but there may indeed be change for one show.
News Corp newspapers today detail plans that were proposed by the TEN board several months ago, including relocating some Melbourne production to Sydney.
TEN has today rightly noted a lot has changed since then.
The article suggests TEN’s Melbourne news would be replaced by a one hour national bulletin from Sydney with a local state-based segment, also from Sydney. Add that one to the speculative list about SKY News also taking the lead, and it’s a growing list….
It speculates “Bondi Rescue and The Biggest Loser face the axe next year… followed by Shark Tank the year after.”
Biggest Loser actually faced the axe this year. TEN has no plans to resume it. Shark Tank is to return. Bondi Rescue is yet to be confirmed (along with most 2018 shows until new ownership is sorted).
“Motorsport agreements for Formula One and V8 Supercars would not be renewed,” it continued. TEN has today described this as “just plain wrong.” As we know sports rights are a bidding war, perhaps the line referred to an inability to compete in key events with reduced investment.
The article also says Studio 10 would get an extra hour of coverage. This one is the biggest indicator that the information is dated, given Studio 10 was extended by an hour in late July. It nods to the idea that TEN did look over current costs and moved on an opportunity it identified.
Today a TEN spokesperson said, “The report in today’s News Limited newspapers is highly speculative and inaccurate. The document referred to in today’s media was part of a number of options that had been prepared on behalf of the TEN Board prior to the appointment of Administrators. At the time, TEN Network was exploring all options for improving its financial position. The financial environment for TEN has changed significantly since June, with CBS chosen by creditors as the new owner. CBS’s bid includes the retention of all employees.”
However, there is one reference in the article which is worth closer scrutiny: a suggestion to move Family Feud to Sydney.
Relocating the TEN game show to Pyrmont studios could save production costs associated with NEP studios in Melbourne, as well as keep host Grant Denyer closer to family (his wife recently spoke about Grant being away so much). But such a move would also downsize the audience and set.
TV Tonight has been hearing chatter that a move for Family Feud is indeed on the cards.
Comment has been sought from TEN regarding Family Feud.