Dr Mumbo

Ten’s $200,000 trench: The perfect metaphor?

Wake UpIn recent weeks many wags have been pointing to news stories emerging from embattled Network Ten, as metaphors for the problems it is going through.

For example, Ita Buttrose’s boat breaking down as she made her way from Manly to Pyrmont for Studio 10 live on air. Or fellow host Sarah Harris almost shooting herself in the face with a nail gun. And then there’s the reported purchase of five shiny new news trucks after the network slashed a third of its news staff.

However, Dr Mumbo thinks he has finally found the metaphor to beat them all. It involves, quite literally, pouring $200,000 into a useless hole.

You see, in order to facilitate their new breakfast show Wake Up airing from producer Adam Boland’s chosen Manly studio the network had to dig a trench and run fibre optic cable from Manly to Pyrmont, so vision from the seven cameras could be mixed from the control room at HQ. Wake Up, of course, was canned a fortnight ago just six months after launching.

Dr Mumbo has heard many different numbers floating around the industry, but understands it is around $100,000 per year to maintain. And the network has a contract to pay this for another 18 months.

Ten’s long-suffering spokesman was keen to pour cold water on the issue, saying: “Network Ten is currently in discussions with the service provider relating to options and potential redeployment for other uses not related to production.”


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