At least one staffer on Ten’s new morning show 9AM
walked out yesterday morning over a producer’s attempt to use the
stabbing murder of Ten employee Laura Irwin as a pretext for a story on
how to avoid stalkers.

According to Ten insiders the show’s
crew were upset and angry when they learned of the planned segment at a
pre-show meeting at 7:30am, and at least one staff member walked out
after the story was discussed.

Staff were particularly upset
that the proposed segment would focus on stalkers and how to avoid
them – even though both police and the victims’ father had denied this report in the Herald Sun
that a stalker was involved in the stabbing murder of two sisters,
Colleen and Laura Irwin, at their home in the Melbourne suburb of
Altona North last weekend.

Laura Irwin was a 21-year-old graphic artist who worked at 9AM, fronted by David Reyne and Kim Watkins.

The
planned segment – “How to know if you’re being stalked” – was pulled at
the last minute and the decision is believed to have been made by Kerry
Kingston, head of Ten in Melbourne and COO of the network, after she
got wind of the staff unrest.

Laura Irwin had been working on preparations for the new show last week and staff who had worked with her were furious that 9AM‘s executive producer had proposed the stalking segment on what is essentially a light entertainment show.

Peter Fray

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