Ten secures Meakin for February start

Ten secures Meakin for February start
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News dynamo Peter Meakin will join Network Ten in February 2014, six months after his appointment to the director of news and current affairs role was first announced.

This morning’s announcement signals an end to the legal wrangling over Meakin’s non-compete clause in his Seven contract.

Ten’s chief executive Hamish McLennan said: “We are very pleased Peter will be joining us in February to lead our News and Current Affairs team.”

“Peter is a legend of the television industry and his appointment underlines our commitment to hiring the best people. Everyone at Ten is looking forward to his arrival.”

In August, Ten poached Meakin, a former news boss at Nine, from Seven to give its underperforming news programs a boost.  But the move hit a hurdle when Seven activated the non-compete clause in Meakin’s contract which could have potentially blocked Meakin from Ten for up to one year.

It’s not the first time Seven and Ten have been embroiled in legal quarrel over non-compete clauses. Ten fought for almost a year to have former CEO James Warburton released from his Seven contract in a high-profile court stoush.

Meakin will report directly to McLennan with Ten’s head of news and current affairs, Anthony Flannery, to report to Meakin.

Meakin will oversee Ten’s re-entry into morning television, with responsibility of Adam Boland’s breakfast programs Wake Up and Studio 10.

He is also in charge of the programming for Ten Eyewitness News in the evening as well as its late night, morning and early morning broadcasts and Revealed with Hugh Riminton.

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