Nine News promotes team with new appointments
New roles for Tom Steinfort, Liam Bartlett, and exec producers including Grant Williams & Mark Calvert.
Nine has confirmed Tom Steinfort will become Weekend Today host, while Liam Bartlett is returning to 60 Minutes.
Tom Steinfort returns from his posting as European Correspondent and joins Deborah Knight, Jayne Azzopardi and Steve Jacobs. Liam Bartlett becomes a full-time reporter for 2017 along with Peter Stefanovic, who is stepping in for Allison Langdon on maternity leave.
Nine also made several News and Current Affairs appointments behind the scenes.
A Current Affair executive producer Grant Williams takes on the newly created role of Deputy Director of News and Current Affairs, but retains his current role with ACA. He will focus heavily on the development of new programming in the division and new initiatives across all platforms.
Today Extra producer Natasha Daran becomes Supervising Producer of A Current Affair. She was previously Entertainment Producer for Richard Wilkins on Today.
Mark Calvert, presently Executive Producer of the Today show, becomes Director of Morning Television, with responsibility for Today, Today Extra and Weekend Today. Today has just had its most successful year in over a decade.
Josie MacRae was recently announced as Nine’s Head of News, Digital, to restructure News and Current Affairs digital assets. She has been Deputy Director of Nine News, Sydney since 2009, and previously a senior producer with Sky News UK.
Fiona Dear, previously the Senior Chief of Staff in Nine’s Sydney newsroom, becomes Deputy Director of News, Sydney.
Darren Wick, Director of News and Current Affairs for Nine, said: “These changes to our leadership team are part of a highly focused approach for 2017. These are proven leaders who know what it takes to win and motivate the diverse band of professionals who make Nine’s news and current affairs programs so unique and such a good place to work.
“They will continue to build the great culture we have at Nine, where the story, the team and the audience are everything.”