The departure of Peter Meakin from day-to-day management at the Seven Network has allowed a Brisbane takeover of Seven’s news and current affairs business by executives who were appointed by Meakin to their current positions. Meakin isn’t retiring as some reports suggested yesterday; he plans to remain as an advisor to Seven.
It’s a well-timed move — the 2013 tasks for Rob Raschke (the new director of news) and Neil Mooney (director of current affairs) are mighty. They have to arrest the developing slide in Seven’s news and current affairs hour between 6pm and 7pm, with Today Tonight and the Sydney and Melbourne news bulletins the biggest problems to be fixed. Mooney can’t succeed at Today Tonight without Raschke improving the news performance.