Network Ten's doomed Wake Up program has gone to air a day after it was announced the program was being axed with its hosts thanking viewers for their "overwhelming" support.
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The presenters of Network 10 breakfast show, Wake Up, Natarsha Belling and James Mathison, opened Thursday's second last programme with an emotional welcome a day after bosses confirmed it would be axed.
Natarsha Belling and James Mathison opened their second last show on a sombre note, a day after Ten chief executive Hamish McLennan confirmed it would be cancelled. Network Ten has released its new line-up, which will start on Monday.
"It's been a big 24 hours for us here at the show," Mathison said. "Sadly, this is our second-last edition of Wake Up."
Belling, who appeared visibly upset as she left the show's Queenscliff studio yesterday, said she had "adored" making the failed breakfast show, which will end on Friday after about six months on air.
"We have been overwhelmed by your messages of support," she said.
Adam Boland tweeted they were "very good people let down by many things, including my early exit". He was due to appear on Studio 10 this morning but his interview was cancelled.
His partner, Kenny Ang, who also worked on Wake Up, also sent out a message of support on Twitter, calling Ten workers professional and resilient.
TV veteran Ray Martin told Triple M this morning it was a "sad time" but pointed out that Wake Up was a failing show.
"I guess it's not nice to talk badly about the dead, and they're just about dead, but it's a pretty ordinary show. As you said people aren't watching because it's pretty ordinary," Martin said on air.
"That's not always the case, clearly Peter Meakin went across to Channel Ten from Channel Seven to lift the news and current affairs image and that's been given a kick in the guts.
"They'd be feeling pretty ordinary especially because Matty White and a few others, Mike Munro, have gone back there with Peter to do some stuff.
"I think we need Channel Ten as much as we need Seven and Nine, you want that variety. It's a sad time."
Along with Wake Up, Network Ten's early (6am), morning (11am) and late (10.30pm) news bulletins will be axed from Friday.
Ten's new morning line-up starts with Ready, Steady Cook at 6am, followed by repeats of Entertainment Tonight and The Bold And The Beautiful.
Rounding out the morning is Jamie's 30 Minute Meals, which starts at 8am. According to a Ten announcement, Jamie's 30 Minute Meals is a first run episode.
Studio 10, which was launched on the same day as Wake Up on November 4 last year, survived the axe on Wednesday and continues to air from 8.30am.
Wake Up has struggled for viewers and on Wednesday just 47,000 tuned in to watch the third last episode.
The breakfast show, which was supposed to be the start of a new era at Ten, never really got warm and averaged less than 50,000 viewers a day.
Its established rivals, the Seven Network's Sunrise and the Nine Network's Today, regularly attract more than 300,000 viewers.
Ten has also announced there will 150 redundancies following yesterday's axing of Wake Up and the three news bulletins.
Explaining the cuts on Thursday, McLennan said the network was going through a difficult time and such measures were "painful but necessary measures".
The fate of up to 150 workers is understood to be in limbo while management decides just how many will be made redundant.
That so many people at TEN showed up to work today to do another sensational job speaks volumes about their professionalism and resilience.— Kenny Ang (@kenny_ang) May 21, 2014
Network Ten's new morning line-up:
6am: Ready, Steady, Cook
7am: Entertainment Tonight encore
7.30am: Bold and the Beautiful encore
8am: Jamie's 30 Minute Meals
8:30am: Studio 10
*Source Network Ten
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