One of the biggest problems for Ten is their multichannel One, which is watched by pretty well nobody. The administrators should replace it with a copy of the main channel timeshifted back by one hour, giving better value for the money spent on the primetime programming and cutting the costs for all the programming and movies that nobody watches.
The same applies to 7mate, which could disappear with only a few programmes being good enough to need space in the 7 or 7TWO schedule. I don't have a clue about whatever Nine is showing on their multichannels, but the same probably applies to them too.
Channel 10 has being trying to run its operation on the cheap with cheap reality shows and it has just not worked. I don't believe Channel 10 was commercially viable from the start. With our low population and competition from the internet a third commercial network is just not required.
It's quite a while since Ten has been showing a cheap
All of their current reality programs are incredibly expensive international franchises (Masterchef, Family Feud, I'm a Celebrity, The Biggest Loser, Have You Been Paying Attention, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Shark Tank) which require Ten to pay large sums for the rights before they even start working on a single episode. Once you fill in a large portion of the non-franchise part of primetime with expensive CBS/Fox content, the only original primetime programme they have is The Project.
Apart from being a rubbish TV station with crap programs, how much of its problem is due to greed with an ever increasing number of commercials which have now reached the situation where the programs now interrupt the adverts.
Commercial break length has been capped at the same amount (18 minutes per hour, 5 minutes for SBS) for quite a good number of years now.
What viewers really hate is the increased intrusion of on-screen commercials during the programme and blatant cross-promotions. Do we really believe that Gilly and Punter love I'm A Celebrity that much?
Ha Ha, channel 10 have helped destroy motor racing with their foxtel deal. Now the company who has majority shareholders in the "Supercars" tried and failed to sell it. And now channel 10 who are the official Freet to air broadcaster ( of very little motor racing) are in trouble too.
V8 Supercars was dying even before the Ten/Foxtel deal.
There are too many major problems outside the TV deal - crowds have been dropping steadily for years, the grid is smaller every year, the government-subsidised street races are disappearing (still no Clipsal replacement sponsor for Adelaide), the clifftop is approaching with the end of the local industry and the series is way too expensive for teams to run.
Supercars needs to reinvent itself completely or it will be dead by 2020. Replace it with international standard GT3 cars (cheaper, faster and not reliant on the local industry) and allow cars meeting the current V8SC formula to run as a lower class for a couple of years before replacing them with something else as the second class (GT4, LMP3, simple space frame cars).
Given the Foxtel ownership stake in Ten, an immediate option for Supercars broadcasts might be for Ten to show all the races on delay - except for Bathurst, which is on the anti-siphoning list and must be shown on FTA no earlier than it is on subscription TV. Ten could pay a nominal fee to Foxtel for the increased sub-licensing rights, which would be offset by the fact they'd be able to cancel some other programming for the slots filled by Supercars.