Network 10 will cut jobs in its news department which will see Brisbane and Perth bulletins presented from Sydney, and Adelaide bulletin presented from Melbourne.
A national weather presenter is to be introduced across all bulletins.
Changes are also coming to the Studio 10 presenting line-up.
10 News boss Ross Dagan addressed staff in a national staff meeting today, conceding it was a sad day today.
A redundancy program is now commencing for News, Operations and Technology departments. The cuts will encompass on-air presenters, journalists and operations staff, believed to total around 25.
ViacomCBS Australia & New Zealand chief content officer and EVP, Beverley McGarvey told staff the changes to production methodology would bring about more efficient but would mean a farewell to “incredibly talented colleagues and friends who have made important contributions to our business.”
From Monday, September 14 :
- Weekday 5.00pm to 6.30pm 10 News First bulletins will be centralised from Sydney and Melbourne.
- Brisbane and Perth news bulletins will take place in Sydney, and Melbourne will present its local news and the Adelaide news bulletin. They will remain locally produced with local reporters, news crews and operations staff.
- The national weekend news bulletin will remain the same.
- Weather will also undergo changes with a new national meteorologist, all bulletins giving local and national weather forecasts. The role will be announced soon.
Sandra Sully will present a 90-minute bulletin at 5pm to viewers in Sydney and Brisbane while Jennifer Keyte will anchor a combined Melbourne and Adelaide bulletin. Matt Burke will anchor sports coverage in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth while Stephen Quartermain will present sport in Melbourne and Adelaide. Sports reporters Jonathan Williams in Brisbane and Tim Gossage in Perth will take on expanded roles.
There are confirmed changes to Studio 10, with Kerri-Anne Kennerley, and Natarsha Belling departing while Joe Hildebrand is “in talks about his future.”
Confirmed redundancies include Brisbane newsreader Georgina Lewis and weather presenter Josh Holt; Adelaide newsreader Rebecca Morse, weather presenter Kate Freebairn and sports anchor Will Goodings; Perth newsreader Monika Kos and weather presenter Michael Schultz; Sydney weather presenter Tim Bailey and Melbourne weather presenter Mike Larkan.
ViacomCBS Australia & New Zealand chief content officer and EVP, Beverley McGarvey said in a note to staff, “I want to make it clear that these changes reflect the state of the media industry and the need for all media companies to achieve new efficiencies and find new operating models. They were not made easily and involved a lot of thinking about how we need to operate to ensure we move forward in the strongest way possible.
“We remain committed to our news organisation, and deeply value this team’s work. As mentioned, 10 News First will continue to be produced locally in each market. It will continue to have local news gathering services, reporters, camera crews and production staff. It will continue to bring local news to viewers.
“Personally, I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude for the great work, commitment and enthusiasm the departing staff have shown to their jobs and our company.
“I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done and continue to do.
“Thank you everyone for your ongoing commitment to driving our organisation forward. I know change is not easy, but I am confident that we will build an even stronger media company for the future.”
Network 10’s Network Director of News Content, Ross Dagan, said: “The decision to make these changes was a very difficult one and I want to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to our friends and colleagues who will leave the network.
“It is in no way a reflection of their talent, contribution or passion. They are exceptionally gifted people. We are incredibly proud of them and their work. There is no doubt they will be missed.
“These painful changes reflect the state of the media industry in recent years and the need for all media companies to achieve new efficiencies.
“While our viewers in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth will see some on-air changes, we will continue to produce local news and employ local reporters, camera operators and production staff in those cities,” he said.
The Project is not affected.