Network Ten Chief Programming Officer Resigns


SYDNEY: David Mott is stepping down as the chief programming officer at Australia’s Network Ten.

Beverley McGarvey will continue to serve as Network Ten’s head of programming. She will take over Mott’s responsibilities on an acting basis as well.

“David has had an extraordinary career at Ten over the past 16 years,” said James Warburton, Network Ten’s chief executive.“He has been a fantastic asset for the network and we are sorry to see him go. David’s legacy at Ten includes landmark television programs such as MasterChef, Australian Idol, Rove Live, The Biggest Loser, Thank God You’re Here, The Project and Big Brother, and, more recently, Offspring, Puberty Blues, MasterChef All Stars and Bikie Wars: Brothers In Arms.”

Mott commented: “It’s a sad day when you say goodbye to friends and colleagues, and leave a place you hold so dear. But it’s a great day when you take stock on what has been achieved over 16 fantastic years.

“I am proud of the bold programming decisions we have made at Ten over that time, because without risk there is less chance of success.

“In a job where you live and die by the numbers, perhaps I’ve been luckier than most. It’s been a great ride, and I’ve loved every second of it. I leave behind a focused and committed creative team and I wish them all the best for the future.”