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Mark Llewellyn returns to Nine as creative director for news and current affairs

Nine has appointed the founding executive producer and creator of Seven’s Sunday Night, Mark Llewellyn, to the newly created role of creative director for news and current affairs.

The appointment will mark Llewellyn’s third stint at Nine with his previous role as director of news and current affairs ending in 2009 with a high profile unfair dismissal claim after disputes with then PBL boss John Alexander and Nine CEO Eddie Maguire.

Llewellyn’s claims against the Nine Network included allegations that Alexander had lobbied him to do an attack piece on media rival Kerry Stokes and Maguire had urged him to ‘bone’ then presenter of Nine’s Today Show, Jessica Rowe.

Shortly after Llewellyn’s affidavit was tabled in court, Nine settled the matter.

In the new role, Llewellyn will be responsible for developing longer-form content for Nine’s digital and broadcast platforms.

Darren Wick, national director of news and current affairs at Nine, said in a note to staff: “He’ll also work closely with myself as we continue to innovate and improve our existing programs and bulletins. He is a brilliant out of the box thinker and I encourage everyone to tap his brain.

“Many of you know Mark as a colleague during his previous time at NINE. He joined as a young Sydney-based reporter, has been the Network Director of News and Current Affairs, Managing Director of 60 Minutes, Executive Producer of A Current Affair and a London correspondent.

“For those of you not familiar with him, Mark has an acclaimed track record as one of Australia’s finest and most forward-thinking producers in current affairs and news documentaries.”

In October last year, Llewellyn was the executive producer of Seven’s documentary ‘Michael Hutchence: The Last Rockstar’ which became controversial when Universal Music Group, Petrol Records and members of INXS said: “publication of any image or recording concerning INXS or the Band Members is not an authorised publication”.

In November 2014, Llewellyn who was a Sunday Night executive producer at the time, was dismissed from the program by Seven after having a fight with fellow producer Paul Waterhouse.

More recently, Llewellyn was the executive producer of Seven’s real crime documentary ‘Murder Uncovered’.

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