Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Natarsha Belling have reportedly been axed from Channel Ten amid a huge shake-up at the network.
According to Mumbrella, weatherman Tim Bailey has also been let go after 24 years and Studio 10 host Joe Hildebrand is ‘in talks’ about his future on the show.
Journalist Peter Ford took to Twitter to confirm the news about Kerri-Anne, saying he had spoken to her this morning.
“Just spoke to KAK on the golf course. She’s sad for others but totally accepts the brutal realities of the industry and will finish in a few weeks. Was told face to face this morning. No anger and no bitchy quotes,” he said.
Ten also reports that at least 20 jobs will be affected by the cuts at the network. While the show will continue to air on weekdays from 8am to midday, some of the presenters, journalists and staff would be sacked.
The Project, which is hosted by Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly, Tommy Little, Lisa Wilkinson and Peter Helliar, is not affected by the cuts.
In a statement, Channel 10 confirmed the restructure changes, saying a “redundancy program has commenced in Network 10's News and Operations department.”
The 5pm to 6:30pm 10 News First bulletins will now be centralised in Sydney and Melbourne, while the weekday Sydney, Brisbane and Perth 5pm to 6:30pm news bulletins will take place in Sydney.
The weekday Melbourne and Adelaide 5pm to 6:30pm news bulletins will take place in Melbourne.
The bulletins will still continue to employ staff in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
In another shock move, the network has decided to move to a national weekday weather model.
Current weatherman Tim Bailey is set to be replaced with a new national meteorologist.
Mumbrella also reports that Mike Larkan, Georgina Lewis, Josh Holt, Rebecca Morse, Will Goodings, Kate Freebairn, Michael Schultz and Monika Kos will all leave Channel 10.
“The decision to make these changes was a very difficult one and I want to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to our friends and colleagues who will leave the network, Ten’s network director of news content, Ross Dagan, said in a statement.
“It is in no way a reflection of their talent, contribution or passion. They are exceptionally gifted people. We are incredibly proud of them and their work. There is no doubt they will be missed.”
In June, the Daily Telegraph reported on the pressure on the show due to a plummet in ratings.
“The decline of Studio 10 has been extraordinary to watch. The show went from fan-favourite and media darling to a show no-one seems to care about any more,” a sourcesaid.
“You have to feel sorry for the original hosts who have watched it go downhill over the past few years after gaining so much ground.”