Tall timbers fall in Chan­nel 10 news cull

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SATURDAY EXTRA -

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.’’

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