Tall timbers fall in Channel 10 news cull
AN emotional Bill Woods (pictured) has paid tribute to his colleagues at Channel 10 and described the future of TV broadcasting as something that ‘‘will take a long time to sort out’’. Woods, the highest-profile staffer let go so far as part of Ten’s mass blood-letting, will end his 24-year tenure at Channel 10 on November 30, joined by Ron Wilson. Sandra Sully is now tasked with carrying the one-hour weeknight news bulletin by herself. Woods is yet to formulate a plan post-Ten and was at a loss to predict the future of TV news, saying: ‘‘Where it’s all going? I’m not sure. Television is obviously going through a similar transition to newspapers. I think it’s something we will all have to deal with . . . on all levels of the industry and I think it’s something that will take a long time to sort out.’’ While Woods wouldn’t discuss the terms of his departure it’s understood his exit from Ten was not voluntary. ‘‘What the future holds? I have no idea,’’ Woods says. ‘‘First of all I am still under contract until November 30 and as a man of my word I will finish what I started 24 years ago.
‘‘To be honest I have been very humbled in the past 24 hours by some of the phone calls, emails and messages I have received.’’