There are redundancies at Nine in News and Current Affairs according to The Australian today.
Veteran newsman John Westacott, who has been a consultant to 60 Minutes, will exit at the end of the year. ‘Westie’ has more than 25 years with Nine, including 16 years as 60 Minutes exec producer, plus as a former head of news and current affairs. He retired in mid 2009 but soon returned as a part-time consultant.
He was infamously drawn into Christine Spiteri’s anti-discrimination claim against the network in which he is reported to have said, “To make it in this game, women have to be f***ble.” He denied the allegation.
The newspaper also reports a producer and a unit manager on A Current Affair were recently told their contracts would not be renewed and the program also has let go some reporters.
Nine sources claim the redundancies were the result of general budget cuts and not a reflection on the people affected.
Seven is also expected to make cost-savings in News and Current Affairs soon.