CHANNEL 10 has confirmed its Executive Producer of morning TV Adam Boland is on leave ''indefinitely'' just three days after the launch of new breakfast program Wake Up!, citing health reasons.
Adam Boland who has previously talked about battling bipolar disorder, also recently ended his relationship of five years with his ex-partner, architect Julian Wong
Ratings for Wake Up’s launch were extremely disappointing with just 52,000 watching the premiere on Monday and 39,000 on Tuesday (Melb Cup Day). Rivals Sunrise and Today had 361,000 and 321,000 viewers.
A Channel 10 spokeswoman confirmed Boland's deputy Rob McKnight - who previously oversaw just Studio 10 - would oversee both shows until Boland returns to work.
When I spoke with Boland on Saturday he told me.
“I have very realistic expectations. Ten's last breakfast show averaged 38,000 viewers nationally across its lifespan.”
“We have said all along that this will be a very tough task and not a quick one. It takes a long time to change viewer behaviour in the morning.”
“we are confident we have developed shows which are different to the current offerings. They look different and they feel different. So, with time, we suspect we will get traction. We're patient because we have done this before and frankly, we are looking forward to the journey.”
Source: Daily Telegraph