A head had to roll over the recent continuing programming difficulties faced by Channel 10, and this is a surprisingly big scalp. David Mott has been the face of the Ch10 programming for some time now, and had his share of successes. When those successes dry up, however, it can turn into a horrible bitch goddess of a task. Programming is a thankless job where you manage to never please anyone and Mott has delivered the best he felt he could do – given the current dilemma faced by Ch10, it will be interesting to see (a) who replaces him permanently, and (b) what they think they can do better. The clock is ticking, Warburton. From the press release:

Network Ten today announced the resignation of Chief Programming Officer David Mott.

“David has had an extraordinary career at Ten over the past 16 years,” Network Ten Chief Executive, James Warburton, said.

“He has been a fantastic asset for the network and we are sorry to see him go. David’s legacy at Ten includes landmark television programs such as MasterChef, Australian Idol, Rove Live, The Biggest Loser, Thank God You’re Here, The Project and Big Brother, and – more recently – Offspring, Puberty Blues, MasterChef All Stars and Bikie Wars: Brothers In Arms.”

Mr Mott said: “It’s a sad day when you say goodbye to friends and colleagues, and leave a place you hold so dear. But it’s a great day when you take stock on what has been achieved over 16 fantastic years.

“I am proud of the bold programming decisions we have made at Ten over that time, because without risk there is less chance of success. In a job where you live and die by the numbers, perhaps I’ve been luckier than most. It’s been a great ride, and I’ve loved every second of it. I leave behind a focused and committed creative team and I wish them all the best for the future.”

Beverley McGarvey continues as Network Ten’s Network Head of Programming and assumes Mr Mott’s responsibilities on an acting basis.