Nine news dept. realigns, cuts 100 staff

Web taps Linnell as news, current affairs topper

Nine Network is laying off 100 news and current affairs staffers as part of a revamp, it announced Tuesday.

Web has appointed Garry Linnell as director of news and current affairs. Linnell comes from a print background and was editor-in-chief of Aussie political magazine the Bulletin.

He takes over from news topper Mark Llewellyn, who becomes an exec producer.

Nine topper Eddie McGuire said the new format would include increased live reporting, commentary and breaking news.

“I regret the personal impact of these changes on some of our people,” he added, “but it is the right decision for the future of Nine.”

Web has had to deal with a resurgent Seven Network this year, which has seen its nightly news aud rise 9% from this time last year; Nine is off 3% in that period. But it is a close race, with Seven reaching an aud of 1.4 million and Nine getting 1.3 million.

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