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Grant Denyer’s Celebrity Name Game is dumped from Channel 10


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Channel 10’s Celebrity Name Game has been DUMPED in another blow for host Grant Denyer.. four months after his 2Day FM radio show was axed

Channel 10 executives hoped that Celebrity Name Game would revitalise its 6pm ratings, after Pointless failed to connect with audiences. 

But the Grant Denyer-hosted quiz show was officially dumped last week and relegated to multichannel 10 Bold to make way for an extended 10 News First bulletin.

Celebrity Name Game, based on the U.S. version created by Courtney Cox and David Arquette, sees teams of two trying to guess the names of singers, actors and other well-known characters with the help of a celebrity guest. 

Gone! Channel 10’s Celebrity Name Game was officially dumped last week and relegated to multichannel 10 Bold to make way for an extended news bulletin. Pictured: Grant Denyer

It premiered in May this year to 314,000 metro viewers, but its ratings have declined sharply since then. 

With the summer break in progress and the ratings period over, Channel 10 has decided to trial an extended news bulletin with Sandra Sully from 5pm to 6:30pm, according to TV Tonight. 

A network spokesperson said: ‘We have decided to take the opportunity of changes to the commercial news landscape along with an intense news cycle to better serve our audiences by offering a quality extended local news service in all states.’ 

New approach: With the summer break in progress and the ratings period over, Channel 10 has decided to trial an extended news bulletin with Sandra Sully (pictured) from 5pm to 6:30pm

New approach: With the summer break in progress and the ratings period over, Channel 10 has decided to trial an extended news bulletin with Sandra Sully (pictured) from 5pm to 6:30pm

Despite struggling in the ratings, Celebrity Name Game will continue to air on secondary channel 10 Bold. 

There are reportedly enough episodes already filmed for the show to air until April. 

The news will come as a major blow for Grant Denyer, after his last Channel 10 quiz show, Family Feud, was axed in May 2018. More recently, his 2Day FM breakfast radio show, Grant, Ed & Ash, was axed in August. 

Oh, dear! The news will come as a major blow for Grant Denyer, after his last Channel 10 quiz show, Family Feud, was axed in May 2018. More recently, his 2Day FM breakfast radio show, Grant, Ed & Ash, was axed in August

Oh, dear! The news will come as a major blow for Grant Denyer, after his last Channel 10 quiz show, Family Feud, was axed in May 2018. More recently, his 2Day FM breakfast radio show, Grant, Ed & Ash, was axed in August 

But it’s not all bad news for Grant, as he is hosting a summer breakfast show for Southern Cross Austereo alongside former Gogglebox star Yvie Jones.

The program is airing in all SCA’s city markets except Sydney, which only airs music between 6am and 9am.  

Speaking to Now To Love in October, Grant said he was thrilled about the short-term project.

‘I’m still working with SCA [Hit Network] and we’ve got some great projects coming up over summer, which is fantastic because I love radio,’ he said.

‘I had an absolute blast on that radio show and I wouldn’t change it for the world, so it’s really cool to be able to do some stuff with SCA and do things like summer breakfast.’ 

Radio comeback: But it's not all bad news for Grant, as he is hosting a summer breakfast show for Southern Cross Austereo alongside former Gogglebox star Yvie Jones (pictured)

Radio comeback: But it’s not all bad news for Grant, as he is hosting a summer breakfast show for Southern Cross Austereo alongside former Gogglebox star Yvie Jones (pictured)

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