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 Lockdown Dan comes at huge cost to Victorians!

23.02.21.  Nick Tabakoff for News Corp’s Diary says Daniel Andrews’s hair-trigger approach to locking down Victoria at the slightest provocation may be winning him the Newspoll vote — but on the downside, it’s losing him some big-name TV shows. Diary has learnt that some of the country’s most prominent productions, most notably Ten’s high-rating The Masked Singer and Nine’s Australian Ninja Warrior — worth millions of dollars and hundreds of production jobs to the Victorian economy — have quietly abandoned Melbourne. And we’ve established that a growing part of the networks’ thinking in ditching Melbourne is that they’re worried about unforeseen financial blowouts, because of the potential for more rolling lockdowns in Victoria.

Source: Nick Tabakoff, News Corp

‘Lockdown Dan’ Andrews losing TV’s big bucks for Melbourne

But the loss for “Lockdown Dan” is arch rival Gladys Berejiklian’s gain. Ten’s marquee host, Osher Gunsberg, confirms to Diary that The Masked Singer is moving to Sydney in 2021 and he is “excited” by the move after a challenging 2020 season in Melbourne. Meanwhile, Ninja Warrior, hosted by Ben Fordham and Rebecca Maddern, will also be made in the Harbour City, without the need for as much as a single cent of production incentives from Gladys.
Let’s get back to the fearless, can-do Aussie spirit
Sources at Nine, Ten and big production houses privately acknowledge the greater certainty provided by Gladys’s policy of keeping the economy open as much as possible while managing COVID-19 outbreaks helped Sydney’s cause.
Andrews last week threw a bone to Victorians by ending the state’s third lockdown after five days.
But it was too late for a weary TV production industry that had a particularly tough time in Melbourne during last year’s marathon lockdown.
As one network source puts it: “With many productions unable to get COVID-19 insurance, constant lockdowns can become a significant financial issue.”
Departed Endemol Shine boss Carl Fennessy — one of the country’s top producers (who incidentally was tight-lipped about his mooted status as a contender for the Nine CEO job) — told Diary that NSW presents obvious advantages.
“If the choice had to be made right now, you’d have far more confidence that NSW would ride out an outbreak than the other states. It’s very costly to be pressing pause buttons with expensive productions.”
The Masked Singer had a particularly gruelling 2020 experience in Melbourne, with stars like Jackie O, Gunsberg, Urzila Carlson and Dannii Minogue forced to endure many weeks of lockdowns that ultimately risked the entire production.
Diary hears much of The Masked Singer cast spoke up against filming in Melbourne for the 2021 season, with production due to start in July.
Last August, a frustrated Jackie O vented on air during the 2020 season: “My life is f..ked … I can’t get out of Melbourne. I am going to be stuck here for the rest of my life.”
Meanwhile, Gunsberg missed out on his first Father’s Day and his son’s first birthday amid Victoria’s second lockdown and a COVID outbreak on the show.
When Diary reached him last week, Osher was clearly thrilled to reveal the 2021 production was moving to the Harbour City: “I’m so excited to return to Sydney. Our time in Melbourne was unexpectedly adventurous as it included two weeks of unplanned intense indoor live-streamed cycling due to a COVID quarantine order.”
Meanwhile, another Dan lockdown announcement 10 days ago sent big Nine productions, including Ninja Warrior, Married At First Sight and Beauty and the Geek yet again scrambling to change plans with less than 24 hours’ notice. Several Melbourne-based contestants and staff on all three shows were rushed into isolation in Sydney to beat the lockdowns. “Ninja and Beauty aren’t even being made yet, but we had to get them out for production certainty,” a Nine source told Diary.
Sounds like all the financial sweeteners in the world won’t lure shows like Ninja Warrior or The Masked Singer back to Melbourne, until Dan learns to live without lockdowns.

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  • Baysidegal 23/02/2021, 5:58 am

    It’s a wonder our ‘dear leader’ from Qld hasn’t parted with the ready to bribe them to come to Brisbane to make the shows. She has wasted millions of taxpayers money to ‘incentivise’ Hollywood…they only have to look as if they’re interested and she throws the cash at them. But the plebs aren’t privy to know how much she throws because that’s ‘commercial inconfidence’ And before you start….I didn’t vote for the b…h.

    • luk1955 23/02/2021, 8:38 am

      The rights groups have been stating that our governments are really corporations. Yet those groups have been called out for “conspiracy theories”. Commercial confidence only relates to corporations and not governments. So the governments are now open in stating they are commercial entities, so where are the contracts we signed to be governed by these commercial entities?

  • Lorraine 23/02/2021, 7:54 am

    We all would like to walk out of Victoria. Lived here all my life, raised in the Country and lived most of my life in and around Geelong, travelling to Melbourne to work and now living in a small Town in the Western District. WE all endured Dan’s lock downs and his ugly foot soldiers the Victorian Police……yeah beam us else where Scotty

  • Penguinite 23/02/2021, 8:23 am

    It’s not just Victorians that will be paying, for decades, for Desparate-Dan’s Deceit. Australia, as a whole will! We may yet have to rescue him financially if Scomo garners some balls and Chinese-Chops the BRI! Victoria’s State debt is enormous and growing by the day.

  • luk1955 23/02/2021, 8:31 am

    The sad part of this all is that the Vic government is acting illegally and in complete violation of any representative government limitations. Nowhere in any law in this country is a lockdown allowed, even in the legislation andrews wrote back in 2008. The only solution to this nonsense is that we all ignore the lockdowns, open our businesses, and take all fines and threats to fine to court. This is the sole solution, and for us to keep our democracy, this is required to maintain our freedom and sanity. Governments in the west have already stated these rolling lockdowns and nappy wearing are going to continue even with the vaccinations.
    We need to make the choice. Be free or be enslaved by a communist government.
    Start by ditching the face nappy. I did so 3 months ago. From there bigger steps follow.
    Our governments are violating all the laws that have been enacted through the centuries and many of those laws were written by the governments themselves to preserve our freedoms. Yet the insane fear of a disease with a 99.8% recovery rate is fracturing our societies and this is being directed from the central banks all controlled by the financial elites who remove our freedoms while retaining their freedom to steal all we have ever accumulated.

    • Maryanne 23/02/2021, 10:52 am

      If people are stupid enough to think a disease with a 99.8% recovery rate needs a vaccine – then we have no hope, luk. My only hope is that there will be enough vaccine resisters to make harsh punitive retaliation politically impossible.

      The propaganda extolling the vaccine has been and is relentless. No alternative opinion has been allowed, no matter how eminent or well-qualifies the critics. That in itself sets the bells ringing for me. Very loudly.

      • Botswana+O'Hooligan 23/02/2021, 11:48 am

        It’s unconstitutional to stop us travelling without let or hindrance and as far as any authority or business refusing to deal with us unless we are vaccinated is against our human rights so the legal fraternity are going to have a field day and the cost will be borne by we taxpayers and consumers as usual. The bottom line is that they stuffed up very very badly and won’t admit it and the worst offender is Andrews who should be jailed for the remainder of his life.

  • Aktosplatz 23/02/2021, 9:17 am

    Double Standards Dan Andrews. Double standards.


    How can anyone ever respect such a grub, never mind voting for him.?

  • pattoh 23/02/2021, 9:58 am

    I wonder if this is real?


    Alleged Sourse of Victoria New Outbreak has been Closed for 10 Months:

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