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Mike Dalton to run Nine News in Queensland after Choppergate sackings

Veteran Nine staffer Mike Dalton has been shifted to Brisbane as acting news director following the Choppergate debacle.

He will fill in for Lee Anderson, who resigned last week after the faking of two live crosses to the Nine News chopper which were presented as coming from near the search for Daniel Morcombe’s body. Anderson is understood to have resigned in protest at the sacking of two reporters and the show’s weekend executive producer.

Dalton, who has spent a significant part of his career covering Queensland, is not to be confused with the Mike Dalton of the same name who spent five years as a reporter on light-touch pieces for the Today show.

Also headed up to Queensland to help fill the gap left by journalists Melissa Mallet and Cameron Price is Davina Smith.

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