Programming chief David Mott resigns from Network Ten after 16 years at the network – In a statement, Mr Mott described it as a “sad day ” to “leave a place you hold so dear”.
Network Ten chief executive, James Warburton, said: “He has been a fantastic asset for the network and we are sorry to see him go.
“David’s legacy at Ten includes landmark television programs such as MasterChef, Australian Idol, Rove Live, The Biggest Loser, Thank God You’re Here, The Project and Big Brother, and – more recently – Offspring, Puberty Blues, MasterChef All Stars and Bikie Wars: Brothers In Arms.”
But Ten has laboured in recent months with a number of key shows, including vaunted reality programs The Shire and Being Lara Bingle, struggling. Others, including Everybody Dance Now, did not make it into their third week.
Ten’s schedule has been re-engineered repeatedly yet the number three commercial network regularly ranks fourth in the overnight ratings, behind ABC1.
A senior source at Ten described the move as a massive blow to the network.
“The last real risk taker has left Ten,” the source said. In a statement, Mr Mott described it as a “sad day ” to “leave a place you hold so dear, but it’s a great day when you take stock of what has been achieved over 16 fantastic years ,” he added. “I am proud of the bold programming decisions we have made at Ten over that time, because without risk there is less chance of success. “
“In a job where you live and die by the numbers, perhaps I’ve been luckier than most. It’s been a great ride, and I’ve loved every second of it. I leave behind a focused and committed creative team and I wish them all the best for the future.”
Beverley McGarvey continues as Ten’s network head of programming and assumes Mr Mott’s responsibilities on an acting basis.
The network has struggled to come to terms with the changing TV environment after the introduction of digital multichannels.
Source – The Australian