Unique: Channel Seven’s ‘Mr Good Guy’ sues the Tv set network for a payout after he was quietly boned after 20 yrs – in contrast to the celebrated departure of his Sunrise sofa buddy Melissa Doyle
- Veteran Channel 7 presenter Simon Reeve has introduced court docket action
- Reeve, 59, was axed by the network in June amid the economic downturn
- Everyday Mail understands he is suing for an unspecified termination payout
- 7 will be defending the payout and will argue he has ‘changed his tune’
- Network celebrated his ex-Dawn sofa buddy Mel when she still left this month
When Dawn presenter Melissa Doyle became the latest casualty of charge-cutting at Channel Seven, both equally the Tv star and community executives issued statements praising one an additional.
But issues were not so rosy for other very well-acknowledged faces caught up in the network’s recent axings.
Doyle’s a person-time buddy on the Dawn sofa, presenter Simon Reeve, is suing 7 in the Federal Courtroom after he was boned in June.
Legal professionals for Reeve, 59 – the sporting activities presenter on Weekend Dawn and host of Million Dollar Moment and It is Academic – filed a statement of claim late past week.
Simon Reeve worked for Channel 7 for 20 years when he was axed previously this year – and is now suing in the Federal Court docket. Above, in the Dawn studio with Angela Cox and Sally Bowrey
Reeve (previously mentioned with Larry Emdur and Monique Wright) has been the sports activities presenter on Weekend Sunrise for about a 10 years but has not appeared on monitor considering the fact that March
Reeve primarily a short while ago hosted It is really Academic, Million Dollar Minute and the activity on Weekend Dawn
Reeve, regarded as just one of the network’s ‘nice guys’, had been with Seven for two many years in just one function or a further when he was demonstrated the door – as the financial downturn ravages Australian Tv companies.
Day by day Mail Australia understands the presenter’s lawsuit is about entitlements he thinks ought to have been compensated out when he was let go.
At the heart of the authorized dispute is whether he was an employee of 7 – as Reeve argues he was – or an independent contractor at the time.
7 will be defending the scenario and is anticipated to argue Reeve experienced ‘changed his tune’ on getting a contractor immediately after getting axed.
No dollar determine has been placed on the lawsuit.
It sets the stage for what could be the best-profile courtroom stoush Seven has confronted since the network and former CEO Tim Worner’s government assistant Amber Harrison sued a person another in 2017.
Both of those Seven and Reeve’s legal professionals declined to comment, with a court day but to be set.
It has been a year of bloodshed in the Tv field with big names shown the doorway at the two 7 and Community 10.
By much the most important departure so considerably is Doyle’s. She issued a statement on her departure wherever she singled out Seven chairman Kerry Stokes for his help.
Reeve on a regular basis worked on Dawn and was a common existence when Mel and Kochie were being on the couch. Higher than, the trio together in 2013 – with Kochie the only survivor
Reeve has been on and off Channel Seven for the past 40 several years. Earlier mentioned, he poses with longtime colleagues Doyle and Kylie Gillies at a 7 Christmas occasion in 2007
Reeve, far ideal, was a prolonged phrase contributor to Weekend Sunrise but is comprehended to be residing on the Gold Coastline
‘For 25 many years, I have termed Channel 7 household,’ she stated. ‘I’ve had the privilege to share tales that mattered, fulfill extraordinary people and be there for significant times in history.
Melissa Doyle and 7 executives exchanged gushing statements when she still left the creating
‘I am incredibly very pleased of the do the job I have completed and appreciative of the belief and heat our viewers have demonstrated me.
‘I want to thank the consummate specialists I have worked with along the way, in specific our chairman Kerry Stokes for his frequent help.
‘I depart 7 with a fantastic deal of delight, pleasure and gratitude.’
7 CEO James Warburton thanked the previous Dawn host for ‘everything she’s carried out for the 7 Network.’
‘Melissa has deserved each individual good results that’s arrive her way’.
There was no these kinds of music and dance for Reeve – who started his profession at Seven in Western Australia in 1979.
Meanwhile, 10 has axed condition-primarily based bulletins in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth, and legendary weatherman Tim Bailey – who labored there for 29 yrs.