Coronation Street actors angry over omnibus fee cuts

Coronation StreetThe cast of Coronation Street are reportedly up in arms over plans by ITV to move the omnibus edition of the Manchester soap to ITV2 meaning a reduction in their repeat fee’s.

The Sun reports that the broadcaster informed the cast of Corrie just before Christmas that it was moving the weekend omnibus edition of the soap from ITV1 which effectively means pay cuts for the actors. The tabloid reports that the cast currently receives 37.5% of their episode pay for the omnibus edition that airs on ITV1 on Saturdays. The fee though would be reduced for an ITV2 repeat.

A source is quoted by The Sun as saying ‘The stars are not happy and without the stars there is no show. They don’t feel they deserve a pay cut while the show is at the top of its game.  If the situation isn’t resolved some cast members have indicated they’d be prepared to go on strike’. Talks between ITV and the actors union Equity are said to be taking place to try and resolve the situation. {jcomments off}