By Nick Hadley For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 17:31 EST, 6 December 2018 | Updated: 18:05 EST, 6 December 2018
With a string of high-profile stars leaving the program, and a former executive producer threatening to sue, Studio 10 has been in dire need of an intervention.
And the struggling morning show has been thrown a much needed lifeline, in the form of Natarsha Belling as a new addition to the hosting panel and the appointment of a new executive producer.
As reported by Mumbrella on Thursday, newsreader Natarsha, 48, will join Studio 10's on-air team in 2019, and Tamara Simoneau will replace acting EP Lucy De Luca.
Another Studio 10 shake-up: Newsreader Natarsha Belling (pictured) is joining the panel, it was announced on Friday
Natarsha said: 'Mornings are when the big stories break and I'm incredibly proud to be delivering our viewers the very latest on the news stories that shape and change their lives as they develop across the morning.'
Former EP Rob McKnight abruptly left the station in 2017, and in December that year he announced plans to sue the network over a 'breach of contract'.
Rob, who had worked on Studio 10 since its launch in November 2013, later said his departure followed a personal 'breakdown'.
Big changes: In addition to Natarsha's hiring, Studio 10 has also appointed a permanent executive producer to replace Rob McKnight following his acrimonious departure last year
Channel 10 settled the legal dispute with Rob McKnight in September this year.
The addition of Belling to the Studio 10 panel is welcome news for the network, after a string of high-profile exits from the struggling program.
Carlotta, 75, left the morning show in May, after four years as a guest presenter.
Oh, dear! With a string of high-profile stars - including Ita Buttrose (pictured) - leaving the show, and a former EP threatening to sue, Studio 10 has been in dire need of an intervention
It came just weeks after original co-hosts Ita Buttrose and Jessica Rowe also bid farewell to the network.
Channel 10 is no doubt hoping to improve ratings in 2019 in a bid to impress its new American owners CBS.
The 2018 ratings were disappointing, with the broadcaster only narrowly beating the ABC and coming well behind Seven and Nine.
Tough times: Channel 10 is no doubt hoping to improve ratings in 2019 in a bid to impress its new American owners CBS. Pictured (left to right): Studio 10's Sarah Harris, Denise Drysdale, Joe Hildebrand and Angela Bishop
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