The Ten network has appointed its corporate affairs boss, Jim Carroll, in the new role as its new head of news.

A former highly-regarded producer from Nine and Seven and a former print journo with the defunct Daily Mirror, Carroll will control all the state-based news services, Sports Tonight and Meet The Press. He moved from Nine in 2000, where he was Executive Producer of Nightline, to the management role of head of news and assistant company secretary.

This
is a key step in Ten’s plan to gradually expand in the news and current
affairs area. After the mixed reaction to its exclusive interview with
Iraq hostage Douglas Wood, it was apparently felt that the Network
needed a more hands-on executive with overall responsibility and
experience to develop similar deals and programs in the future.

Carroll
joins his old boss from Nine, Peter Meakin, in this exalted level.
Meakin is head of News and Public Affairs at Seven while the ABC has
John Cameron as head of its News and Current Affairs division. The Nine
Network is now the only TV network without a news and public affairs
supremo.

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