Ferguson quits Nine days after starting new show

Nine has said that news reader Mark Ferguson is to quit the network for Seven, just days after launching new show This Afternoon.  

In a statement, the network said:

“Nine is very disappointed Mark has turned down the generous offer that was made to re-new his contract.

“Mark has been with Nine News for over 17 years, and will be greatly missed by his colleagues. Everyone at Nine wishes Mark and his family all the best for the future.”

Nine CEO David Gyngell said: “Mark has been a colleague and friend for many years. I wish him all the best. We’re actually flattered that another network had to look to Nine to find a new newsreader.”

Ferguson had been shifted by Nine away from a weekday slot to weekday newsreading at the beginning of the year to make way for Peter Overton, only to make a return to daily broadcasting with This Afternoon.

Nine said Ferguson will remain on the network until his contract expires later in the year.

David Leckie, Seven’s CEO, said: “It will be great to have Mark onboard with our market-leading news and public affairs teams. Although we are not announcing his job description just yet, I know we can offer him something far more challenging and exciting than This Afternoon.”


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