Aussie newsman Ross Dagan heads home to Seven Brisbane after NZ stint

Ross DaganRoss Dagan is returning to Australia after just 10 months in New Zealand to helm the Seven Network’s Brisbane newsroom.

The highly experienced television operator quit his job as head of TVNZ’s news and current affairs on the eve of launching a new 7pm program called Seven Sharp.

Dagan was lured back to Australia by Seven’s new network director of news Rob Raschke, who previously ran Seven’s Brisbane news division.

Raschke will in turn take over from the retiring Seven executive Peter Meakin, who finishes in June after a ground breaking career in Australian television journalism.

“Ross is coming back for family and professional reasons,” Raschke told Mumbrella. “To be honest, there are not that many senior media jobs in Brisbane, so when one comes up people jump.

“There have only been five or so people to head the Seven newsroom in Brisbane since the 1950s, and Ross has ties there so it was a perfect match. I’ve always had a lot of time for him.”

Brisbane-raised Dagan was previously director of news for Ten in Brisbane in 2008 and 2009, and was then in the same role for Ten News in Sydney until April 2012.

He also worked for the Aljazeera English news network in Kuala Lumpur.

He spent nearly five years as director of news for Seven Queensland from 2001 to 2005.

Marcus Casey




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