Network 10 axes its news website

It seems Network 10 is officially closing its 10 Daily news, entertainment and lifestyle website this Friday, almost two years after its highly-anticipated 2018 launch.

Josh Butler, the site’s senior producer broke the news on Twitter yesterday, saying there will be “lots of people left without jobs” who are “all guns” and who he can highly recommend.

In a statement, Ten told Mumbrella: “Network 10’s digital media strategy is evolving to capitalise on our momentum and match the new global operating model. That means an increased emphasis on streaming services and social media.

“Over the past two years, 10 Daily has established a strong presence and a loyal following, thanks to a passionate and hardworking team producing great content. We are grateful for their efforts to drive that success.

“As a result of the strategic change, however, 10 Daily will cease to exist as a standalone website. Some of the 10 Daily roles will remain. Some of the 10 Daily content will also transfer to 10 Play and our social media brands.”

And although many people have sadly lost their jobs amid these unprecedented times, this particular move appears to have been in consideration since CBS (Network 10 Australia’s US parent company), merged with media giant, Viacom, back in December.

In fact, ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand chief content officer, Beverly McGarvey, said in an email to staff that the move was not solely a reaction to the current pandemic.

“The recent impact of COVID-19 on the media industry has reinforced the need to continue to align our business with our evolving customer needs and global business model, but I want to stress that the changes are part of our broader strategy, not a reaction to recent events,” the email read.

“As part of the measures being undertaken, some staff will leave Network 10 and VicomCBS Australia and New Zealand. To those staff, let me express my sincere thanks for all your hard work, dedication and professionalism during your time here. We will fully support you during this period and I wish you the very best for the future.”