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Inside Channel Nine’s VERY extravagant Christmas party

Fire-twirlers, acrobats and Delta Goodrem: Inside Channel Nine’s VERY extravagant Christmas party at an exclusive nightclub – as struggling Network 10 is forced to CANCEL their shindig altogether

  • Channel Nine has thrown a lavish Christmas party for its staff at Sydney club
  • Included DJ, acrobats, fire twirlers and gig from pop star Delta Goodrem 
  • Meanwhile, struggling Network Ten has cancelled its festive shindig for staff
  • Despairing TV insider said things are ‘worse than imagined’ at the network

Some of Australia’s biggest media personalities have let their hair down at Channel Nine’s lavish Sydney Christmas party – which featured a pop star, fire-twirlers and acrobats hanging from the ceiling. 

But it is a very different story across the city with Channel 10 cancelling its festive shindig following a disastrous year of poor ratings, cancelled shows and high profile resignations. 

Nine Entertainment spared no expense for its staff holiday party, held at Sydney’s Ivy nightclub on Wednesday evening – with many revellers describing the lavish party as the company’s best ever.

Acrobats swung from the ceiling, pop star Delta Goodrem performed and The Block presenter Scott Cam hob-nobbed with hundreds of staff from the TV network, its newspaper division and Radio 2GB.

Meanwhile, at Channel 10, an insider said things are ‘worse than imagined’ with staff left devastated when owner Paramount announced at the last minute there will be no holiday celebrations. 

Fire twirlers wowed revelers at Channel Nine’s staff Christmas party at Sydney’s Ivy nightclub on Wednesday evening – hailed by staff as the media giant’s best ever party

Nine TV reporter Kate Creedon boogies down with a glass of wine as celebrations ramped up last night

Nine TV reporter Kate Creedon boogies down with a glass of wine as celebrations ramped up last night

Footage inside Nine’s wild Sydney party shows a packed dancefloor with partygoers drinking champagne and dancing to Shania Twain hits.

‘This is how Nine parties,’ news reporter Sophie Walsh captioned a video showing a raging dancefloor. 

Colleague Jessica Ridley – who recently defected from Channel Seven – added: ‘OK, you win Channel Nine. No one tops this Chrissy party.’

2GB broadcaster Ben Fordham’s executive producer James Willis also shared footage of the festivities. ‘Great Christmas party,’ he wrote.

Other revellers shared selfies with Goodrem, who proved to be a big hit.

Several major companies are holding their first festive parties in three years after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Delta Goodrem was the headline act at the lavish party held at Justin Hemmes' Ivy nightclub

Delta Goodrem was the headline act at the lavish party held at Justin Hemmes’ Ivy nightclub

Roving acrobats showed off their tricks as revellers partied the night away

Channel Nine staff took to the Ivy dancefloor to boogie the night away

Channel Nine staff took to the Ivy dancefloor to boogie the night away 

Channel Nine stars shared an insight into Wednesday night's wild celebrations. Above, A Current Affair's Hannah Sinclair enjoys herself

Channel Nine stars shared an insight into Wednesday night’s wild celebrations. Above, A Current Affair’s Hannah Sinclair enjoys herself

Nine previously held its Christmas parties at its former Willoughby headquarters - but this year headed into the Sydney CBD

Nine previously held its Christmas parties at its former Willoughby headquarters – but this year headed into the Sydney CBD

Many party revellers were excited to score a selfie with pop star Delta Goodrem (left)

Many party revellers were excited to score a selfie with pop star Delta Goodrem (left)

The Block's Scott Cam (left) also enjoyed himself at the Channel Nine shindig at the Ivy

The Block’s Scott Cam (left) also enjoyed himself at the Channel Nine shindig at the Ivy

Wednesday night’s celebration at the Ivy was the first end-of-year party for Nine since the network departed its television studios at Willoughby in 2020, which doubled as its annual party venue.

Some attendees likely kicked on well into the wee hours of the morning after the Socceroos cemented their spot in the final 16 of the World Cup. 

Many Channel 10 staff, meanwhile, would have been in bed. 

Insiders claim the network is ‘lacking direction and morale’ while dejected staff at the embattled broadcaster complain it feels like ‘a sinking ship’ as more high-profile names follow Carrie Bickmore and Lisa Wilkinson out the door. 

‘Management said there was nothing to celebrate for Ten,’ one Ten source said. 

‘Everyone is p***ed off because they just wanted to let their hair down. 

Channel Ten has told staff that 'there's nothing to celebrate,' an insider said. Pictured: Carrie Bickmore and Lisa Wilkinson, who have both left the network

Channel Ten has told staff that ‘there’s nothing to celebrate,’ an insider said. Pictured: Carrie Bickmore and Lisa Wilkinson, who have both left the network

‘It’s not the staff’s fault people don’t care about these shows anymore and people aren’t tuning in.’

It’s also been a year of non-starters for Channel 10, including 10 News First: Breakfast, which recently set a new record for the worst rating program in Australian TV history. 

One time crowd-pleasers The Project, MasterChef and The Amazing Race Australia have also underperformed for the network.

Channel 10 was forced to bump its latest reality series, The Challenge, to its least-viewed multichannel 10 Shake as the dud reality series continues its ratings decline.

Daily Mail Australia contacted Channel 10 for comment. 



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