According to The Sydney Morning Herald, who have spoken to someone they identify only as a “senior network insider”, there was a comprehensive deal offered to Lisa Wilkinson that was supposed to make her stay with Channel Nine.
It would appear, it didn’t.
On Monday night, Wilkinson announced on Twitter that she had resigned from the Today Show which she co-hosted alongside Karl Stefanovic for a decade. The statement she shared read, “Nine today confirmed we have been unable to meet the expectations of Lisa Wilkinson and her manager on a contract renewal”.
— Lisa Wilkinson (@Lisa_Wilkinson) October 16, 2017
It has been widely speculated that Wilkinson, one of the most experienced and well-known journalists in the country, was being paid approximately half that of the man sitting next to her.
That sounds… well, that sounds a little bit like the gender pay gap.
But The Sydney Morning Herald’s Andrew Hornery tells a very different story.
“For Channel Nine chief executive officer Hugh Marks,” Hornery begins, “it was an obvious choice: meet one of his biggest paid star’s demands and cut 10 jobs or risk losing the star to another network.”
It appears what we have here is not a champion for gender equality, after all. But rather – as Hornery would have us believe – a… well a diva.
In asking for a pay rise, Wilkinson was really asking for Hughes to sack 10 people. How awfully shameful. But also how greedy.