Director of News at Nine News Melbourne, Michael Venus, has resigned -effective immediately.
Venus ends 27 years at GTV, following industry rumours for several months his position was tenuous.
In a statement issued by the network Jeffrey Browne, Nine’s Managing Director, said “Michael’s professionalism, work ethic and news sense stand him tall amongst his peers and I wish him the very best for his future.”
Venus was not quoted in the network statement, but it notes he wished the current team well for their move to Nine’s new Docklands Headquarters.
In the volatile Melbourne news market, Seven News won the year, although Nine News won the two demos 18-49 and 25-54.
Venus will be replaced by Hugh Nailon, currently Melbourne Bureau Chief with A Current Affair.
Update: Network Director of News Mark Calvert said, “Hugh is a first class journalist with an excellent track record of making great television.
“This year he has shown superb leadership in steering A Current Affair Melbourne to a ratings win, and I have every confidence in his ability to lead the GTV9 news team.”
Nailon also spent several years as a producer with 60 Minutes.