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Channel 10 axing big names shouldn’t be a surprise with shocking ratings

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Channel 10’s decision to swing the axe as brutally as it has should clear one of the common misconceptions the public – and the stars themselves – have about a career in commercial television.  

That is if you’re a household name, the kind of star who’s stopped for selfies at Westfield, your job is as safe as, well, the nightly news.  

Because the harsh reality is that in 2020, even the nightly news bulletin probably isn’t safe anymore.

Not in a post-COVID-19 world, with advertising dollars fleeing ‘old’ media, and viewers increasingly choosing streaming services such as Stan and Netflix over network options peppered with annoying advertising and rigid schedules. 

PICTURED: Studio 10 has made Kerry-Anne Kennerley (centre left) redundant and Joe Hildebrand (centre right) is currently in contract negotiations

PICTURED: Studio 10 has made Kerry-Anne Kennerley (centre left) redundant and Joe Hildebrand (centre right) is currently in contract negotiations

PICTURED: Studio 10 has made Kerry-Anne Kennerley (centre left) redundant and Joe Hildebrand (centre right) is currently in contract negotiations

PICTURED: Wake up was a short-lived Channel 10 breakfast show that premiered in 2013 with newsreader Natarsha Belling (far right) one of the household names axed by executives on Tuesday

PICTURED: Wake up was a short-lived Channel 10 breakfast show that premiered in 2013 with newsreader Natarsha Belling (far right) one of the household names axed by executives on Tuesday

PICTURED: Wake up was a short-lived Channel 10 breakfast show that premiered in 2013 with newsreader Natarsha Belling (far right) one of the household names axed by executives on Tuesday

Rob McKnight said The Circle's Chrissie Swan (far left), Denise Drysdale (centre left), Gorgi Coghlan (centre right) and Yumi Stynes (far right) had a committed audience but the show was still cut after three years due to internal politics and budget issues

Rob McKnight said The Circle's Chrissie Swan (far left), Denise Drysdale (centre left), Gorgi Coghlan (centre right) and Yumi Stynes (far right) had a committed audience but the show was still cut after three years due to internal politics and budget issues

Rob McKnight said The Circle’s Chrissie Swan (far left), Denise Drysdale (centre left), Gorgi Coghlan (centre right) and Yumi Stynes (far right) had a committed audience but the show was still cut after three years due to internal politics and budget issues

Australians have choice, so everyone is now a prisoner of ratings.

And Channel 10’s were abysmal. 

The network has suffered blow after below in 2020. Shows have been cut; its digital news website, 10Daily, closed. 

But arguably the biggest hit came in March, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, when it was revealed Studio 10 had just 50,000 viewers.

The common business logic to network television is breakfast, mornings and the evening news to drive your day. 

To put those viewer numbers in context, Sunrise has seen audiences surge beyond 550,000, while Nine’s Today show has hit 350,000 and the ABC hit a respectable national average of 367,000 as Australians desperately sought news during these unprecedented times.

So while Kerri-Anne Kennerley may always remain an icon of Australian television, that status was never going to save her with the station’s ratings and subsequent financial losses.

PICTURED: Weatherman Tim Bailey has also been made redundant despite his large fan base and will be missed

PICTURED: Weatherman Tim Bailey has also been made redundant despite his large fan base and will be missed

PICTURED: Weatherman Tim Bailey has also been made redundant despite his large fan base and will be missed 

PICTURED: Television icon Kerri-Anne Kennerley (KAK) has lost her job as co-host on Studio 10 as ratings hovered around the 55,000 mark compared with record-breaking figures for ABC Breakfast

PICTURED: Television icon Kerri-Anne Kennerley (KAK) has lost her job as co-host on Studio 10 as ratings hovered around the 55,000 mark compared with record-breaking figures for ABC Breakfast

PICTURED: Television icon Kerri-Anne Kennerley (KAK) has lost her job as co-host on Studio 10 as ratings hovered around the 55,000 mark compared with record-breaking figures for ABC Breakfast

Tim Bailey may well be the most famous weatherman in Australia, with fans tuning in each night to see which beach he’s doing the weather from. 

And Natarsha Belling may have been one of the industry’s biggest stars, widely praised for her consummate on-air professionalism since joining in 2007. 

None of that matters when the station you are part of is losing $227 million a year, as it did in 2019.  

You’d hate to think how bad they are going to be in 2020. Or 2021.

What shouldn’t be forgotten is it wasn’t just the big names who were axed on Tuesday. Another 25 professionals will also lose their jobs as the production is centralised in Sydney and Melbourne. 

PICTURED: Newsreader and presenter Natarsha Belling had been with the network since 2007 and will be sorely missed

PICTURED: Newsreader and presenter Natarsha Belling had been with the network since 2007 and will be sorely missed

PICTURED: Newsreader and presenter Natarsha Belling had been with the network since 2007 and will be sorely missed 

South Australia’s Rebecca Morse loses her job presenting the news – and the state a local flavour to its news coverage.

Rather than the latest on a fire in Glenelg, viewers in Adelaide will likely be forced to watch a stabbing in western Sydney. 

The move is almost taunting viewers in smaller states to go to another network for local coverage – or turn off the television completely.

Which many undoubtedly will. 

PICTURED: Adelaide newsreader Rebecca Morse has been made redundant under the cuts as production is moved to Sydney and Melbourne

PICTURED: Adelaide newsreader Rebecca Morse has been made redundant under the cuts as production is moved to Sydney and Melbourne

PICTURED: Adelaide newsreader Rebecca Morse has been made redundant under the cuts as production is moved to Sydney and Melbourne

Even the weather didn’t survive unscathed, often a touchy point for regional viewers who rely on a state service to provide updates – and correctly pronounce the name of their town or suburb. 

Former Channel 10 studio producer Rob McKnight said it was sad to see his old colleagues leave the network.

PICTURED: Former Studio 10 executive Rob McKnight now runs TV BlackBox and said ratings for the show have been in the 40,000 and 50,000 viewer mark since last year

PICTURED: Former Studio 10 executive Rob McKnight now runs TV BlackBox and said ratings for the show have been in the 40,000 and 50,000 viewer mark since last year

PICTURED: Former Studio 10 executive Rob McKnight now runs TV BlackBox and said ratings for the show have been in the 40,000 and 50,000 viewer mark since last year

He said Studio 10 had an audience of 120,000 just four years ago – and can do so again.  

But the truth is 10 has been struggling to find its groove in breakfast and mornings for nearly a decade. 

Breakfast with Paul Henry and Kathryn Robinson started in 2012 and somehow made it to November that year before being axed. 

They then launched Wake Up the following the year – but that only lasted six months. 

Ten tried The Circle for three years from 2010, and despite the show’s two Logies and even a gold nomination for host Chrissie Swan, it was unceremoniously dumped. 

McKnight commented on the short-lived predecessors of Studio 10 and said Breakfast and Wake up weren’t great shows.  

‘The Circle had a committed audience but their were other political and budget factors at play and that’s why it was cancelled,’ he said. 

Strong-performing breakfast shows are vital for TV advertising as they lead the day for viewers and bring in big dollars. 

Insiders say Studio 10 is one of the cheapest morning shows to produce, making it lucrative from an advertising point of view, but the abysmal ratings means the show still can’t make a profit. 

Ten isn’t the only station being slammed with cuts. 

Seven News announced 50 jobs were cut in May and channel Nine cut at least a dozen jobs and shortened regional news bulletins.

Even the ABC, flush with $1billion in funding from the taxpayer, has faced a steady flow of redundancies in the last few years, with at least 250 roles lost in 2020. 

As the advertising market continues to shrink and viewers look for their news online, executives are faced with a lose-lose situation. 

McKnight said days like Tuesday were hard on everyone in the industry.

‘I’ve seen the effects redundancies can have on people. It’s never an easy time. The people making the decisions, they are tough decisions for them to make too.’

Pictured: Studio 10 hosts including Natarsha Belling (far left), Kerry-Anne Kennerley (centre left) and Joe Hildebrand (far right)

Pictured: Studio 10 hosts including Natarsha Belling (far left), Kerry-Anne Kennerley (centre left) and Joe Hildebrand (far right)

Pictured: Studio 10 hosts including Natarsha Belling (far left), Kerry-Anne Kennerley (centre left) and Joe Hildebrand (far right)

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Chrissy Teigen reveals heartbreaking news she suffered miscarriage and they named him Jack

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Chrissy Teigen has revealed she suffered a miscarriage.

The 34-year-old model took to her Instagram to share a heartbreaking photo of herself with a lengthy caption.

She wrote: ‘We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough.’

Tragic: Chrissy Teigen has revealed she suffered a miscarriage as she made the sad announcement on Instagram Wednesday

Tragic: Chrissy Teigen has revealed she suffered a miscarriage as she made the sad announcement on Instagram Wednesday

Tragic: Chrissy Teigen has revealed she suffered a miscarriage as she made the sad announcement on Instagram Wednesday

Teigen was hospitalized on Sunday night after enduring a month of bleeding due to having a weak placenta and has remained at the hospital since.

She continued: ‘We never decide on our babies’ names until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack.

‘So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever.’

Chrissy and John revealed in the music video for John’s new single Wild that they were expecting their third child together, a son. 

In undoubtedly the most heartbreaking portion of Teigen’s caption, the model penned a message to her unborn son Jack. 

‘To our Jack – I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you,’ she wrote.

‘Thank you to everyone who has been sending us positive energy, thoughts and prayers. We feel all of your love and truly appreciate you. 

‘We are so grateful for the life we have, for our wonderful babies Luna and Miles, for all the amazing things we’ve been able to experience. But everyday can’t be full of sunshine. On this darkest of days, we will grieve, we will cry our eyes out. But we will hug and love each other harder and get through it,’ concluded Chrissy.

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Olympia Valance announces her engagement to AFL star boyfriend Thomas Bellchambers

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Former Neighbours star Olympia Valance is engaged to her AFL star boyfriend Thomas Bellchambers.

The actress, 27, shared a photo of herself locking lips with her fiancé, 31, on a beach in Queensland’s Orpheus Island as she showed off her stunning diamond ring.

‘Today is a special day. The man of my dreams proposed to me,’ she wrote in the caption.

‘I get to marry my best friend,’ she added, tagging her beau in the post. 

'The man of my dreams proposed to me': Actress Olympia Valance has announced she is engaged to her AFL star boyfriend Thomas Bellchambers. She shared a photo of herself locking lips with her fiancé on a beach as she showed off her stunning diamond ring

'The man of my dreams proposed to me': Actress Olympia Valance has announced she is engaged to her AFL star boyfriend Thomas Bellchambers. She shared a photo of herself locking lips with her fiancé on a beach as she showed off her stunning diamond ring

‘The man of my dreams proposed to me’: Actress Olympia Valance has announced she is engaged to her AFL star boyfriend Thomas Bellchambers. She shared a photo of herself locking lips with her fiancé on a beach as she showed off her stunning diamond ring

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Jealous lover who stabbed ex-girlfriend 58 times after five-floor fall is jailed for 19 years

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A woman who repeatedly stabbed her immobilised and defenceless former girlfriend after she had just fallen from an inner-Sydney balcony has been jailed for at least 19 years.

Zixi Wang, 30, was sentenced by Justice Robert Beech-Jones in the Supreme Court on Thursday to a maximum 25 years and six months after pleading guilty to the murder.

Justice Beech-Jones described her ‘brutally’ stabbing of 23-year-old Shuyu Zhou 58 times as an extreme example of domestic violence.

Zixi Wang (pictured) was sentenced in the Supreme Court on Thursday to a maximum 25 years and six months

Zixi Wang (pictured) was sentenced in the Supreme Court on Thursday to a maximum 25 years and six months

The 30-year-old pleaded guilty to the murder

The 30-year-old pleaded guilty to the murder

Zixi Wang, 30, (pictured) was sentenced by Justice Robert Beech-Jones in the Supreme Court on Thursday to a maximum 25 years and six months after pleading guilty to the murder

Wang (pictured) calmly catches the elevator down before repeatedly slashing her ex-girlfriend while she lay immobilised and defenceless

Wang (pictured) calmly catches the elevator down before repeatedly slashing her ex-girlfriend while she lay immobilised and defenceless

Wang (pictured) calmly catches the elevator down before repeatedly slashing her ex-girlfriend while she lay immobilised and defenceless

Wang inspects her hair in a mirror just moments before carryout out Shuyu Zhou's murder

Wang inspects her hair in a mirror just moments before carryout out Shuyu Zhou's murder

Wang inspects her hair in a mirror just moments before carryout out Shuyu Zhou’s murder

‘The final moments of Ms Zhou’s far too brief life were lived in excruciating pain, fear and terror, all of which the offender is responsible for,’ he said.

In June 2019, Ms Zhou visited Wang’s Zetland apartment to pick up some belongings after ending their relationship four months earlier.

Neighbours heard screams coming from the apartment along with the sound of smashing and objects being dragged along the ground.

Frightened and wanting to escape, Ms Zhou tried to climb over the balcony but slipped and plunged five storeys down.

‘Disturbing and graphic’ video footage earlier played before the court showed the moment she landed facedown onto a fence before falling back onto the ground and writhing in pain.

Wang calmly catches the elevator down and makes a ‘pitiless’ inspection of her former partner before returning with a knife and repeatedly slashing her while she lay immobilised and defenceless.

The fifth-floor apartment building in Sydney's Zetaland area, where Ms Zhou fell is pictured

The fifth-floor apartment building in Sydney's Zetaland area, where Ms Zhou fell is pictured

The fifth-floor apartment building in Sydney’s Zetaland area, where Ms Zhou fell is pictured

A forensic investigator takes pictures at the scene of the brutal crime on June 18, 2019

A forensic investigator takes pictures at the scene of the brutal crime on June 18, 2019

A forensic investigator takes pictures at the scene of the brutal crime on June 18, 2019

At one point inside the elevator Wang checks her appearance in the mirror and fixes her hair and returns in a fresh pair of pants.

‘Even though (the stabs) were only administered in just under two minutes, they were not all delivered in a frenzy,’ Justice Beech-Jones said.

‘Instead the offender appears to briefly assess the impact of each wound or group of wounds before continuing.’

Pathologists later concluded the cause of death was not from the fall but from stabbings to her neck.

‘How could the feelings of anger bitterness and rejection that welled up in the offender from the breakdown of her relationship … not dissipate to at least let her have some modicum of sympathy as she saw Ms Zhou helpless and writhing in agony after that fall,’ Justice Beech-Jones said.

‘Even then the offender did not call for help or render any assistance.’  

When significant blood flowed from Ms Zhou’s jugular vein, Wang fled and hid the knife in a raised garden bed and drove out to the Illawarra region.

Ms Zhou visited Wang's Zetland apartment to pick up some belongings after ending their relationship four months earlier (pictured, investigators comb the balcony for evidence)

Ms Zhou visited Wang's Zetland apartment to pick up some belongings after ending their relationship four months earlier (pictured, investigators comb the balcony for evidence)

Ms Zhou visited Wang’s Zetland apartment to pick up some belongings after ending their relationship four months earlier (pictured, investigators comb the balcony for evidence)  

Neighbours heard screams coming from the apartment along with the sound of smashing and objects being dragged along the ground (pictured, an investigator examines the crime scene)

Neighbours heard screams coming from the apartment along with the sound of smashing and objects being dragged along the ground (pictured, an investigator examines the crime scene)

Neighbours heard screams coming from the apartment along with the sound of smashing and objects being dragged along the ground (pictured, an investigator examines the crime scene)

She was arrested near the Sea Cliff Bridge, north of Wollongong, and later told police she wanted to jump off to end her life.

In a letter to the court Wang expressed remorse and deep shame for her actions, and said she had slipped into a deep depression in the months before the attack.

She recalls holding Ms Zhou’s hand that night and pleading with her not to leave before blocking her path.

She said she had been drinking heavily but Justice Beech-Jones assessed her behaviour as composed and deliberate.

Ms Zhou’s blood was later found in the kitchen, living room and on the sliding door frame, while Wang received some scratches and one bite mark.

Wang will be eligible for release on June 18, 2038.

For 24-hour confidential support, contact: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline 13 11 14.

In a letter to the court Wang expressed remorse and deep shame for her actions, and said she had slipped into a deep depression in the months before the attack (pictured, police tape of the area where Ms Zhou was murdered)

In a letter to the court Wang expressed remorse and deep shame for her actions, and said she had slipped into a deep depression in the months before the attack (pictured, police tape of the area where Ms Zhou was murdered)

In a letter to the court Wang expressed remorse and deep shame for her actions, and said she had slipped into a deep depression in the months before the attack (pictured, police tape of the area where Ms Zhou was murdered)

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