Former Nine News boss John Westacott will soon begin his consultancy role with the network when he finishes his initial retirement break.
“Westie” retired from the network at the end of June, but at the time CEO David Gyngell indicated, “…he’s part of the Nine family so it’s a partial respite only because I plan to call on his experience and wisdom in an ongoing consultancy role once he’s had a real break.”
Westacott, who was replaced by Mark Calvert, was at the centre of an anti-discrimination claim by reporter Christine Spiteri. The matter was settled out of court.
Westacott is expected to contribute to his former show, 60 Minutes which has had soft figures lately. Nine will be hoping they rise when Australian Idol and Dancing with the Stars go head to head, effectively splitting a “variety” audience.