Freedomroo – The Masked Singer and Ninja Warrior ditch Melbourne for Sydney over Covid-19 lockdown fears

Some of the biggest shows in the country are moving their production sets from Melbourne to Sydney to avoid any disruption from another hard lockdown

TV exodus from Melbourne as numerous productions flee to Sydney fearing Dan Andrews will lock the city down a FOURTH time

  • ‘The Masked Singer’ and ‘Ninja Warrior’ reportedly moved production to Sydney
  • ‘Married at First Sight’ and ‘Beauty and the Geek’ also sent staff and crew over
  • Change of scenery comes as networks look to avoid disruptions from lockdown
  • Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has plunged state into lockdown three times 

Some of the biggest shows in the country are moving their production sets from Melbourne to Sydney to avoid any disruption from another hard lockdown.  

‘The Masked Singer’ and ‘Ninja Warrior’ are among the many shows that will be moving their base to the harbour city.  

‘Married at First Sight’ and ‘Beauty and the Geek’ have also sent their staff and crew to Sydney to finish filming the upcoming season.

Sources from Channel Ten and Nine have told The Australian they feel more confident production would not be disrupted as much in New South Wales as Victoria. 

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has plunged his state into lockdown three times since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

Some of the biggest shows in the country are moving their production sets from Melbourne to Sydney to avoid any disruption from another hard lockdown

'The Masked Singer' and 'Ninja Warrior' are among the many shows that will be moving their base to the harbour city

‘The Masked Singer’ and ‘Ninja Warrior’ are among the many shows that will be moving their base to the harbour city

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has plunged his state into lockdown three times since the start of the pandemic in 2020

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has plunged his state into lockdown three times since the start of the pandemic in 2020

The most recent lockdown, which ended last Wednesday, lasted five days and forced the closure of hospitality and retail businesses.

Mr Andrews insisted the entire state go through the full five days despite the fact all new cases of Covid-19 were isolated in Melbourne and no more than two locally acquired cases were recorded each day. 

New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian, on the other hand, has been adamant to implement a statewide lockdown in favour of keeping businesses open.

More than 20 cases had been linked to the Avalon outbreak, in Sydney’s northern beaches, before Ms Berejiklian implemented a local lockdown on December 19.

The state premier only locked down the area between the Spit Bridge and Palm Beach and refused to close down anymore suburbs.

One network source said the recurring lockdowns in Melbourne had taken a financial toll on television production.

‘With many productions unable to get COVID-19 insurance, constant lockdowns can become a significant financial issue,’ the source said. 

'Married at First Sight' and 'Beauty and the Geek' have also sent their staff and crew to Sydney to finish filming the upcoming season

‘Married at First Sight’ and ‘Beauty and the Geek’ have also sent their staff and crew to Sydney to finish filming the upcoming season

'Beauty and the Geek' reportedly sent staff and crew to Sydney to beat the five-day lockdown in Victoria

‘Beauty and the Geek’ reportedly sent staff and crew to Sydney to beat the five-day lockdown in Victoria

‘The Masked Singer’ production was met with several setbacks in 2020 with judges Jackie O and Danni Minogue forced to endure weeks of lockdown.

Jackie O took to her radio show 106.5 to blast the lockdown in August.

‘My life is f***ed … I can’t get out of Melbourne. I am going to be stuck here for the rest of my life.’ 

The Australian reported the cast of the hit TV show raised concerns about shooting the 2021 season in Melbourne.  

Former Endemol Shine boss Carl Fennessy said the choice was obvious.

‘If the choice had to be made right now, you’d have far more confidence that NSW would ride out an outbreak than the other states,’ he said.

‘It’s very costly to be pressing pause buttons with expensive productions.’  

Daily Mail Australia contacted Channel Ten and Nine for comment. 

The most recent lockdown in Victoria, which ended last Wednesday, lasted five days and forced the closure of hospitality and retail businesses

The most recent lockdown in Victoria, which ended last Wednesday, lasted five days and forced the closure of hospitality and retail businesses

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