Troubled Network Ten axes news bulletins

NETWORK Ten has announced the axing of three of its news shows, leaving only 5pm and weekend bulletins.

The troubled breakfast show Wake Up, and the early morning and late news bulletins will all finish up on Friday May 23.

There are reports between 50-150 jobs are set to go as the network overhauls its service.


Wake Up has struggled to find an audience against breakfast regulars Today and Sunrise, attracting just 30-40,000 metro viewers per day. Sunrise attracts around 350,000 viewers and Today, 300,000 per day.

Ten CEO Hamish McClennan said Studio 10 was performing well and will continue as normal.

In an email to staff, Mr McClennan blamed poor ratings, revenue and earnings for the cuts.

“It is a tough period to Ten and we need to take some painful, but necessary measures to restructure the business,” he said.

“Unfortunately it is proposed that Wake Up and the Early Morning and Late News will cease production on Friday, May 23, 2014.

Studio 10 is performing well and will continue as a vital part of our daytime schedule, which ranks number one.

“Despite the commitment and enthusiasm of its staff, Wake Up has not resonated with enough viewers to make it a viable program.”