Nine’s director of news and current affairs Darren Wick has been charged with drink-driving after he was pulled over after leaving an event at Nine’s Willoughby offices, on Friday night.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports he had a blood alcohol reading of more than 0.2, more than four times over the legal alcohol limit. He is expected to face court over the charge.
In an email sent to staff, Wick admitted he was an alcoholic and said he has sought professional help.
“Sadly, in a moment of unacceptable madness, I’ve let you down,” Wick said.
“Last Friday evening, I stupidly jumped behind the wheel of my car drunk and attempted to drive home. I was pulled over by police in Willoughby and tested positive to high range drink driving, more than four times over the legal limit. I was subsequently charged and will soon face court to pay for my actions.
“I am taking immediate steps to get help and deal with my problems. I know I need to change my life. I have already begun to get the professional help and advice I know I need,” he said.
“I am sharing this with you so you can learn from my poor judgement. I want to make this right. If any of you are considering making the same kind of decision I did, please don’t. Don’t risk it and if you think you have a problem, get help.”
Wick has headed up Nine News division since 2012, replacing Mark Calvert.
“Darren Wick has done something serious and with significant consequences but we intend to support our friend and colleague as he commits to recovering from this illness and rebuilds his life,” a Nine spokesperson said.
SMH reports he will remain in his role as news director but may take more time out in the next few months.