Channel 10 boasts some of the most famous faces on Aussie television, with the likes of Carrie Bickmore, Lisa Wilkinson, Denise Drysdale and Grant Denyer regularly gracing our screens.
However it was announced on Wednesday that the network’s newsreaders will be required to undergo speech training, in a bid to make their Aussie accents sounds more grand, as the network apparently moves to align itself more with its American parent company.
The channel was bought out by American TV network CBS last year and it seems that American viewers may have trouble keeping up with Aussie news bulletins, perhaps because of the accents of the show’s personalities.
And, according to The Daily Telegraph, US bosses have insisted that all Aussie newsreaders and presenters must undergo elocution lessons to give the shows a more “grandiose sound”.
However a Ten spokesperson told the newspaper that the training was actually “industry standard”, saying: “We think it is important to invest in our team.” While the Daily Mail reported that the rules may just apply to Eyewitness News First at Five reporters, such as Sandra Sully and Natarsha Belling.
Earlier this year, British news anchor Steph McGovern, who is a regular on BBC One’s breakfast programme, claimed that she was not paid as well as other “posher presenters” because of her rough and ready north-eastern accent, which she acknowledges is an indicator of her working-class background.
McGovern called on the UK’s public service broadcaster to focus on enticing more young people from working-class areas of the country into careers in broadcasting.
“We concentrate too much on ethnic diversity and not enough on class,” she said. “It’s dead important to represent loads of different cultures. But what the BBC doesn’t do enough of is thinking about getting people from more working-class backgrounds.”