The way Network Ten terminated the employment of experienced news anchor Helen Kapalos defies belief – just minutes after finishing a Friday evening bulletin she was bluntly told by ‘the grim reaper’ her contract would not be renewed, and within half an hour her computer access and security pass had been cancelled (see Age link below).
Kapalos co-anchored Melbourne’s news with Mal Walden, 67, who remains. (One hell of a double-standard, unless you can point me to any female 60+ newsreader on Ten.) Other culled newsreaders include Ron Wilson and Bill Woods (Sydney) and Craig Smart (Perth). Question marks remain over others, and around 100 news-gathering staff have been axed.
Here (link above), Fairfax’s Michael Lallo looks back at a disastrous cancelling of Walden 25 years ago – ironically by Fairfax – and sees history repeating itself.
Capitalism evangelist and idiot Russel Howcroft becomes executive general manager of Ten in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth early next year. I wonder how many news anchors his salary could have paid for. And in a final ironic twist, with little experience in television he’s been asking Kapalos for tips on how to run the station! (See WA Today link below)