Ugly twist in ‘boned’ Sunrise presenter Simon Reeve’s million-dollar battle with network as Seven gets his DAUGHTER involved
- New twist in ugly court fight between Simon Reeve and the Seven Network
- Weekend Sunrise’s Reeve, 58, and Seven are suing one another in Federal Court
- Seven sought documents from Reeve’s company Simon Reeve Productions
- That includes paperwork relating to services that the business provided
- Those include documents relating to the work of Stella Reeve, 23
- Ms Reeve is a journalism student and is a production assistant at SRP
Channel Seven has dragged the 23-year-old university student daughter of ‘boned’ Weekend Sunrise host Simon Reeve into their Federal Court battle.
Reeve, 58, and the network are suing one another after the veteran breakfast TV presenter was cut in mid-2020 amid a coronavirus cash crunch.
The long-time news presenter and game show host claims he’s owed employee entitlements worth up to $1million after close to two decades’ of service.
But Seven argues the veteran newsman was actually a contractor via his private company, Simon Reeve Productions.
Seven has counter-sued Reeve – a move the newsman lashed as ’embarrassing’ – and now his daughter has become embroiled in the legal stoush.
Doting dad: Weekend Sunrise presenter Simon Reeve, right, with his daughter, Stella, 23, and music industry icon Molly Meldrum… and a Dustin Martin cardboard cut out
According to LinkedIn, Reeve’s daughter works as a production assistant with her father’s business Simon Reeve Productions
Following a push by Seven, Federal Court Justice Geoffrey Flick last Friday ordered Reeve to hand over a lengthy list of documents so the case can go to mediation.
They include all documents about services provided by the company, including by ‘Ms Stella Reeve’.
Ms Reeve, a journalism student, has worked as a production assistant at her father’s company since May 2018, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Reeve also has to produce almost two decades of the company’s tax returns, its pitches to companies and any contracts, all by Friday.
Justice Flick’s orders come after a barrister acting for Seven, Yaseen Shariff SC, claimed Reeve had resisted handing over certain documents during the case.
Reeve (pictured with the Sunrise Cash Cow) was let go in June and is now suing Channel Seven for up to $1million, claiming he should have been given a redundancy payout.
Reeve had worked for the network for an average of six hours a week for the past two or three years, Mr Shariff said.
The documents would clarify what work Reeve performed for the rest of the week.
Reeve’s barrister Jaye Alderson told the court Reeve’s camp would produce the documents.
Justice Flick warned both parties not to play games.
‘I encourage you, if you wish to survive, both of you, to effect a bit of cooperation,’ the judge said.
Justice Flick has now ordered both parties to attend mediation on February 28, ahead of a hearing the following month.
Kicked off the couch: The long-time Sunrise personality (right) was told his services were no longer needed in May, and launched legal action in the Federal Court in September
Reeve is claiming the TV station owes him entitlements, such as a redundancy payout and annual leave.
But Seven insists he isn’t owed anything, arguing he was paid as a contractor through the company Simon Reeve Productions.
Reeve claims in his defence that ‘in reality’ he was an employee of Seven since 2002.
He wanted his role to be ‘characterised’ as an employee back in 2005, the document said.
Seven refused to do so because the move would apparently cause issues between the station’s News and Production budgets, Reeve claimed.
For Reeve, life goes on.
He announced on Instagram last Monday that he and his wife Linda had packed up their acreage in the Gold Coast hinterland.
The Tallai property, which the couple bought for $848,000 in 2010, was recently sold for $1.08 million, property records said.
Reeve said goodbye to his two-acre Gold Coast hinterland property months after he was made redundant by the network
‘Smiling through the tears and emotions today,’ the presenter told his followers, the day he vacated the property.
‘After 10 years of special memories, we pulled out of our driveway in the Gold Coast hinterland with 2 dogs, a wok and a suitcase or 12 for the last time.’
Reeve had flown down from Gold Coast to Sydney for the Weekend Sunrise sports presenting role prior to the coronavirus struck in March.
He was officially let go in June, with insiders blaming his departure on his counterpart at Nine’s Weekend Today, Clint Stanaway, moving on, plus financial pressures at Seven.
‘Nine had dumped its weekend sports presenter on Today and we couldn’t justify keeping [Reeve] on. So we didn’t renew his contract,’ a Seven source said.
‘He was just so expensive, flying him up and back and accommodating him – as well as the retainer. You can get a dedicated junior for half that and no expenses.’
The case continues.