The exit of David Mott from TEN yesterday is now being reported by entertainment trade in the US and UK.
A story in the Hollywood Reporter, which was penned by an Aussie correspondent in Sydney, shifts the focus to Lachlan Murdoch -particularly in light of the failure of Everybody Dance Now being hosted by wife Sarah Murdoch. It also features a photo of Lachlan Murdoch, not David Mott.
The Hollywood Reporter story was headlined “Lachlan Murdoch’s Ten Network Loses its Programming Chief”:
“Mott appears to be taking the fall for a recent number of poor performing programs which have failed to arrest a ratings and revenue decline at the network that’s been ongoing now for nearly two years. Indeed many media commentators here have noted that the decisions to commission the programming, that Ten is currently struggling with were made during chairman Lachlan Murdoch’s tenure as interim CEO last year, and more recently under his CEO-designate former Seven Network ad sales chief James Warburton, who joined Ten in January. The network’s programming woes accelerated in the two weeks since the Olympics with a string of flops headlined by big ticket reality dance show, Everybody Dance Now, an original format fronted by Sarah Murdoch, Lachlan’s wife and former host and executive producer of Australia’s Next Top Model, and Kelly Rowland and Jason Derulo. It launched with a meager 598,000 capital city viewers, was cut back to one hour a week then axed on Monday after just three episodes. Any free-to-air program that airs to over 1 million metropolitan viewers here is deemed a success.”
Deadline Hollywood reported: “Australia’s Network Ten Top Programmer Quits”
“Network Ten’s chief programming officer David Mott today fell on his sword after a steep slide in ratings and the failures of a slew of local series including Everybody Dance Now, The Shire, I Will Survive and Being Lara Bingle……..Successful shows Mott commissioned include MasterChef, Australian Idol, The Biggest Loser, Thank God You’re Here, Big Brother, Offspring and Puberty Blues. In the first half of 2012, Ten’s audience share averaged a lowly 15.9%, versus Seven with 24.7% share and Nine at 22.7%.”
C21 reports: “Mott pays for Ten’s ratings slump”
“The chief programming officer at Australia’s Network Ten has resigned after 16 years with the broadcaster. In a statement, David Mott said he was proud of he “bold programming decisions” made during his tenure. CEO James Warburton described him as a “fantastic asset” for the network who he was sorry to see leave. However, it would appear that Mott has fallen on his own sword after a succession of ratings failures in local commissions.”
WorldScreen reports: “Network Ten Chief Programming Officer Resigns”
“David Mott is stepping down as the chief programming office at Australia’s Network Ten. Beverley McGarvey will continue to serve as Network Ten’s head of programming. She will take over Mott’s responsibilities on an acting basis as well.”