Apr 4, 2014

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Ten’s own moment of truth. The finale of the Ten Network’s struggling reality series The Biggest Loser will air on Palm Sunday, April 13. The programming switch (from Tuesday and Wednesday nights) is the latest sign Ten’s management is losing is grip on its schedule and its confidence in its programming. TBL has also been ejected from next week’s line-up, due to weak ratings for the program, which is in its fourth year of the current contract with Shine Australia, part of the Murdoch family-controlled 21st Century Fox.

But before TBL airs for the last time, Ten’s real moment of truth will arrive next Thursday, April 10, when its first half-year results (we can’t say profits) are due for release. It will be a baptism of fire for new executive chairman Hamish McLennan after Lachlan Murdoch bolted to be co-chair of the family companies. There will be a lot of talk about the big audiences for the T20 Big Bash and the Sochi Winter Olympics, and no doubt a bit of boosterism ahead of the Commonwealth Games later in the year (which lost Ten money when broadcast from the more timezone-friendly New Delhi in 2010).

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