Former SEN Drive hosts take legal action
Things have turned ugly between Melbourne sports broadcaster 1116 SEN and two of its former star performers.
David Schwarz and Mark Allen were sacked last December, just minutes after their final show of the year. It was a decision that took the afternoon show hosts by surprise.
It came as news emerged of a proposed merger between Crocmedia and SEN’s owner Pacific Star Network. They were the first of a number of sackings and redundancies in the weeks following.
Crocmedia boss Craig Hutchison said it ‘wasn’t personal’ but the feeling isn’t shared by Schwartz and Allen, who’ve now begun legal proceedings.
The pair have lodged a legal demand for almost a million dollars for lost wages and damages. Schwartz is demanding $562, 126.93, while Allen’s claim is for $418,710.46 for damages and a missed payment in January.
According to the News Corp, lawyers for the pair say the station had agreed in writing to a binding two-year deal prior to the merger between Pacific Star Network and Hutchison’s Crocmedia.
They claim they’d been waiting on a final contract, when they were given the sack on December 8th.
In the days and weeks following, the station also dismissed Mark Robinson, Brett Thomas, Matt Granland, Mark Fine, Kevin Hillier, Tony Schibeci and General Manager Cathy Thomas.