Channel 10 turns a blind eye to public outcry over the massive salary of Sunday Project host Lisa Wilkinson – as viewers call for her to take a drastic pay cut after the network laid off 25 staff on Tuesday in response to the recession from COVID-19.
According to several reports, the 60-year-old journalist reportedly earns between $ 1 million and $ 2.3 million a year, although the actual figure has never been disclosed.
When Channel 10 contacted Daily Mail on Wednesday, it declined to confirm whether Wilkinson has accepted or offered a pay cut to ease the company’s financial strain.
Telling silence: Channel 10 turns a blind eye to public outcry over Sunday Project host Lisa Wilkinson’s gigantic salary (pictured) – viewers are calling for her to take a drastic pay cut after the network fired 25 staff members on Tuesday in response to the COVID -19 recession
After the release of 25 prominent employees, Channel 10 was called upon to remain loyal to former Today anchor Wilkinson, who has been described by frustrated social media viewers as the ‘most overpaid person in Australia’.
Channel 10 is shredding their news division so they can keep paying Lisa Wilkinson millions to do everything for a show that no one is watching. Makes sense, ‘one critic tweeted.
“They overpaid on Lisa Wilkinson,” wrote another, while a third voted, “The most overpaid person in Australia.”
Despite the criticism, Channel 10 has steadfastly refused to confirm exactly how much money Wilkinson is making on the network.
In addition, they declined to say when her contract will expire or if she is willing to sacrifice her salary to protect her colleagues’ livelihoods.
Will she make a sacrifice? When Channel 10 contacted Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday, it declined to confirm whether the 60-year-old has accepted or offered a pay cut to ease the company’s financial pressure.
Viewers’ anger grew overnight, with some suggesting Wilkinson should resign in solidarity with those who lost their jobs.
The questions Channel 10 refuses to answer
- What is Lisa Wilkinson’s salary?
- When does her current contract with Channel 10 expire?
- Has she had a pay cut due to the coronavirus recession?
- Did she offer to take a pay cut?
Major job cuts at @ 10NewsFirst Our thoughts go out to Lisa Wilkinson, the highest paid dud at the network, who was recruited with great fanfare and self-promotion, but now has to be the first to go, based on merit. 10 became a woker, now a broker, ‘wrote politician Mark Latham.
Others aimed directly at the former magazine journalist.
One viewer tweeted, “It’s a weird thing that you keep your job at 10 while a large number of skilled and much, much lower paid employees get the ax.”
Wilkinson moved to The Project in 2018, ostensibly in protest because Nine would not increase her salary to match that of her Today co-host Karl Stefanovic.
She is believed to have quit Today because her male counterpart was reportedly making $ 2 million a year on bonuses, while sitting at $ 1.1 million.
When her contract was due to be negotiated, Nine was only willing to increase her annual salary to $ 1.8 million, but this was not enough for her and she quit.
‘She’s not worth the salary’: After letting go of 25 prominent staffers, Channel 10 was called up for remaining loyal to former Today anchor Wilkinson – who has been described by frustrated social media viewers as the ‘most overpaid person in Australia’
Meanwhile, Wilkinson isn’t the only project host to breathe a sigh of relief this week, as Waleed Aly, Carrie Bickmore and Peter Helliar have also kept their jobs.
On Tuesday, the left-wing current affairs program managed to avoid the wielding ax when the network announced a ‘restructuring’ of its news division, with Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Natarsha Belling and Tim Bailey fired.
The ‘restructuring’ was in response to the sharp drop in advertising revenues due to the coronavirus recession.
Radio Silence: Channel 10 declined to confirm Wilkinson’s massive earnings. They also declined to say when her contract with the network will expire
In Review: Viewers’ anger grew overnight, with some suggesting Wilkinson should resign in solidarity with those who lost their jobs
Wake up, go broke: ‘Major job cuts at @ 10News First Our thoughts go out to Lisa Wilkinson, the network’s highest-paid dud, who was recruited with much fanfare and self-promotion, but now must be the first to move on. merit. 10 became a woker, now a broker, ‘wrote Mark Latham
Daily Mail Australia understands The Project has avoided cancellation because Channel 10 boss Beverley McGarvey considers it an essential part of the daily schedule.
A well-placed source said earlier this year, ‘For some reason, the senior players on Channel 10 like The Project, even though viewers don’t. It doesn’t score, it’s expensive to produce, and much of the publicity it gets is negative. ‘
The insider added that while many staff believe the show ‘peaked years ago’, management sees it as one of the network’s ‘holy cows’ and will do everything they can to protect it.
Gender pay dispute: Wilkinson moved to The Project in 2018, ostensibly in protest because Nine would not increase her salary to match that of her Today co-host Karl Stefanovic (right)
They explained, ‘While it doesn’t draw large audiences, it does well in certain demographics. There’s also the argument that it’s popular on Facebook and encourages social engagement, but that doesn’t translate into ad dollars.
“Still, it never gets canceled, because senior management doesn’t hear a bad word against it.”
Despite recent calls for The Project’s cancellation, the show has won several Logie Awards for Most Popular Panel and Most Popular Presenter over the years, which are voted on by the public.
Sit Down: Channel 10 is already being criticized for refusing to keep up with The Project when it brutally laid off at least 25 other workers on Tuesday in response to the COVID-19 recession