KAK: Nine’s a sinking ship and the management are animals

One of Nine’s biggest former stars has launched a withering attack on the network management, accusing it of being a sinking ship in financial trouble.

Kerri-Anne Kennerley, who was axed by Nine late last year, made the attack in The Sunday Telegraph as she was confirmed as a contestant on Seven’s Dancing With the Stars. She told the newspaper:

“When people are under stress they don’t always do things as you would expect them to do things and there’s no denying that those Channel 9 executives are under high stress. It’s on the record that they’re being chased by a bunch of banks who will need to resolve their financial issues.

“There are a few parallels between (Nine) and the Costa Concordia: they veer off course, hit the rocks, try to right themselves and sink and the captain gets off first, so let’s see how their year pans out.”

According to an announcement from Seven today, KAK will also be taking part in “a prime time project”. She will also have a role on Weekend Sunrise.

Discussing her holiday on safari, Kennerley compared it to Nine’s HQ saying: “I loved it, seeing all those wild animals, and having worked at Willoughby I was very well placed to deal with them.”

Nine declined to respond to Kennerley’s comments although since her axing the network has continually stressed that she remains in high regard. Mumbrella understands that Nine’s management has taken a view that Kennerley is entitled to air any frustrations about her departure without them firing back.

Nine’s parent company Nine Entertainment Co is facing a testing year with debt to become due over the coming months. Last week the company’s chief operating officer stepped down. The network also suffered the first programming casualty of the year with Excess Baggage dropped from Nine before the main ratings period was under way.


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