Channel Ten newsreader Helen Kapalos has been sacked by the embattled network, which will go to a single reader format with veteran Mal Walden from December 1.
The popular news presenter had worked for Ten for the past six years, before the shock decision was made after the Friday night bulletin.
Ten has rejected initial reports that Sydney presenter Bill Woods' had also been terminated.
Kapalos declined to comment as she boarded a plane for New York, but sent a tweet at 10.50am: "Fall down seven times get up eight".
A Network Ten spokeswoman said: "We will not be renewing Helen's contract, the details of which we will not discuss publicly."
The staff cuts are believed to be part of new austerity measures introduced by the network as it battles a massive slump in ratings.
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