Nov 28, 2012

Seven’s in strife unless Meakin’s successors shine in 2013

TV legend Peter Meakin announced yesterday he was stepping down as Channel Seven's head of news and current affairs. It's now up to Rob Raschke and Neil Mooney to fix some big ratings problems.

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

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.

Free Trial

Proudly annoying those in power since 2000.

Sign up for a FREE 21-day trial to keep reading and get the best of Crikey straight to your inbox

By starting a free trial, you agree to accept Crikey’s terms and conditions


Leave a comment

Share this article with a friend

Just fill out the fields below and we'll send your friend a link to this article along with a message from you.

Your details

Your friend's details