Rob McKnight to be EP of Ten’s new mid-morning show

rob mcknightRob McKnight, the producer-presenter who led Nine News’ experiments with live video streaming, has been hired as executive producer of Ten’s new morning show.

His appointment by Ten’s director of morning television Adam Boland comes days after Ita Buttrose was named a member of the panel show’s on air team.

McKnight, who runs the promotional team for Nine’s news and current affairs operation, dramatically expanded his role with behind the scenes videos and a weekly live streamed news based panel show 9StreamLive. He has also championed Nine News’ social media engagement.

Boland told Mumbrella: “Rob’s appointment proves we are determined to hire the best in the business. It is well and truly game on.”

McKnight will find himself pitted against Seven’s ratings-winning The Morning Show and Nine’s Mornings, which has been closing the gap in recent months.

While McKnight will report in to Boland for the mid-morning show, Boland will directly EP the forthcoming breakfast show – reportedly coming form outdoor locations including Manly beach – himself. The two shows will be run as one production unit.

McKnight and Boland have previously worked together on Seven’s Sunrise, which Boland turned into the top rating show.

McKnight told Mumbrella: “I’m so excited. Adam is a creative genius. And how often do you get to create a program from scratch?

“My feeling is that Ten is turning a corner.”

McKnight said that the future of 9StreamLive – which he ran in his own time as a “passion project” would be in the hands of the management at Nine. He said: “I would love to see Nine continue to experiment in the digital space. I’m very grateful to Nine for giving 9StreamLive a shot.”

Because McKnight was out of contract, he will be able to join Ten in just a month’s time.


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