Network Ten has failed in its legal bid to delay its former newsreader Jessica Rowe, from starting work at rival Nine Network in January.
Ten took the newsreader to court after she quit the network to take up a position on Nine’s ailing breakfast program “The Today Show.” Rowe was to start at Nine immediately, but Ten claimed she had a six-month non-competition clause in her contract; the web also accused her of not giving sufficient notice and promoting the rival network in interviews. But Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Simpson disagreed saying the case was all about Rowe’s contract.
“The dispute between the parties involves one simply stated question — what is the expiration date of the contract?” Simpson said. “In my opinion, the answer is equally simple … and favors the defendant.”
Rowe was recruited by “Today” in an effort to boost ratings as the show, once dominant in its slot, is now regularly beaten in the ratings by “Sunrise” on the Seven Network.