EXCLUSIVE: Network 10 will implement a temporary shutdown period for around half of its workforce after the Easter long weekend, from Tuesday April 14 – Saturday 17, and encourage them to work a 9 day fortnight commencing on April 20.
It is not expected to impact on broadcasting, including the News division ( measures do not relate to 10 Daily, News, Studio 10, The Project ).
In a note to staff Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President Beverley McGarvey said, “COVID-19 has caused extensive and fast moving change in the broadcast industry and I would like to thank and acknowledge all of you for your ongoing hard work, support and commitment to 10.
“During this time, I sincerely appreciate your help in ensuring Network 10 remains a sustainable and high performing business as we travel through uncharted waters.
“We are working to ensure we come through this as a stronger, more innovative and more agile organisation.
“Despite more viewers turning to television for the latest news, information and entertainment that we provide, business has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 process. It has clearly affected our day to day operations, at least temporarily.”
10 remains committed to maintaining its News and Broadcast operations during this period.
“We are all in this together and together we can limit the impact of covert on our business and our people,” McGarvey added.
Yesterday Seven CEO James Warburton instructed staff to take a 20% pay cut and to use annual leave.
10 has been contacted for comment.