Budgets are so tight at Sky News it has stopped paying contributors for appearing on the network. Traditionally, the talking heads on Sky – ex-politicians, journalists and commentators – were variously paid between $200 and $250 to chat to the likes of Andrew Bolt, Alan Jones and Chris Kenny. Many of the journalists who appear on Sky programs are News Corp employees, some of whom were paid on top of their salary to do the TV spot. But the coronavirus has put so much strain on the media business that most companies are making cuts wherever they can. Sky has told regulars they can appear for nothing or not at all, but no one will be paid for the rest of the year. The ABC generally does not pay journalists to do spots, except for Insiders, which used to require a flight to Melbourne, and some spots on Radio National’s Breakfast program with Fran Kelly. Some Insiders guests say they would love to continue appearing remotely to avoid a weekend of travel, but it is not something the program is considering when normal business is resumed. The Sky cutbacks come just as the station is celebrating a surge in viewers,… Read full this story
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