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Helen Kapalos' sacking not sexist, but stupid

Posted by: Neil Mitchell | 12 November, 2012 - 8:38 AM
Helen Kapalos

So Helen Kapalos has been dumped as channel Ten news reader.

I can see why. I don't agree with it but I see why.

Channel Ten has deep financial trouble. They have to cut costs but a few points: 

There is no evidence this is sexist. She is a very good news reader, an attractive woman. She is good television but if one was to go, Mal Walden has a stronger history and it was better to keep him.

Both very decent people but the decision may not be sexist. But it is stupid. They have spent years and millions of dollars possibly advertising and promoting Helen Kapalos. They have made her face and name very very well known and now they have cut her loose.

Somebody else can pick up her talent and her profile and exploit it. 

They should have offered her something else, even if it was a pay cut. Move her to something else and a starting point might have been that breakfast program, which at times has nobody watching.

Paul Henry is the host, I think that is his name. A New Zealander who is paid more than a million a year. Nobody watches.

Perhaps that would have been a job for Helen. She might have just the right audience. Anyway, to sack Kapalos and keep him seems ridiculous.

Will you protest?


Channel 10 Breakfast show axed

Paul Henry AXED: Channel 10 have axed their fledgling program hosted by New Zealander Paul Henry. The news comes after the shock decision to sack popular Melbourne news presenter Helen Kapalos.

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Blog comments Your Say

  • B'fast was a good show with Henry & his offsider who kept him on track.
    He was controversal at times but he made people "think outside the box"....that was good! The show was never boring as are the other networks
    WHAT A PITY.......

    sandy Wednesday 28 November, 2012 - 7:22 PM
  • Get over it Eddy, people that want to work get sacked, people that dont want to stay at home and enjoy the free money from centlink. Again the honest worker loses there job

    jc Tuesday 13 November, 2012 - 6:19 PM
  • Yes...sorry, rich lady, that you will have to look for work for a little while. Must be soooo tough.
    Where will you go to recover from your grief......Europe, Hawaii, Caribbean or maybe you could stay at home and look at four grey walls that offer no answers to unemployment like the REAL unemployed have to.

    Eddy Tuesday 13 November, 2012 - 3:48 PM
  • If you sack a female it is sexist.

    Christine Tuesday 13 November, 2012 - 10:44 AM
  • I don't think Helen is saying this is sexist..it's likes of Tracey Spicer and other commentators saying this. It is not sexist at all...it is just stupid. Maybe management felt some kind of loyalty to Mal Walden after he has been at Ten for 25 years or more.
    Helen is a great newsreader and her presence on the News at Five will be missed by many viewers. Mal Walden and Helen were paired together nicely and it is a tv chemistry that worked very well and you could tell they liked each other. It is just crazy that they spent so much luring her from Sydney to replace Jennifer Hansen...to spend all that money on advertising recently promoting the Ten News brand. It is the execution on how they got rid of her. When big stories broke...they sent Helen to them...she is a credible journalist and liked by many...

    Rob Bellman Tuesday 13 November, 2012 - 12:28 AM
  • We met Helen on the "Ride to Conquer Cancer" (supporting Peter Macs). Yes, she was riding 100km per day to raise money for cancer representing Ch10? This was all 2 wks ago?
    Helen is very natural & normal person. If she is a millionaire, you couldn't tell by her manner.

    Most of us have been cut, and we learn that it's not the be all.

    Good luck with whatever comes your way Helen, from Team Dipell.

    Cheers, Len

    Len Monday 12 November, 2012 - 8:15 PM

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