Seven appoints director of news operations

The Seven Network has appointed current finance editor Gemma Acton as the newly-created director of news operations.

Acton will report to newly-minted director of news and current affairs Anthony De Ceglie, and will work closely with him, as well as “the metropolitan and regional news directors, executive producers, and other senior news leaders to drive culture and innovation across newsrooms nationally”.

She will also be responsible for leading and implementing the division’s new digital-first strategy as well as overseeing budgets.

“Gemma is taking on a crucial role as a leader for our News and Current Affairs teams at a pivotal moment in our business,” De Ceglie said.

“I’m really excited and confident about how she will help shape the path forward for Seven. Her background and her experience mean she will hit the ground running. She is also extremely well-regarded and respected by her peers.

“Gemma’s appointment is part of a plan to ensure the news leadership team is well-positioned to seize every future opportunity.”

Acton added: “As Seven’s News and Current Affairs division leans into the incredible opportunities that the digital media world offers, I’m excited to work with Anthony and the executive leadership team on empowering our exceptional news teams to carry out their best work.

“Our newsrooms will be underpinned by a respectful and forward-focused culture where talent, innovation and ideas are given all the tools they need to flourish.”

Seven also recently poached Gemma Williams, the Sydney Bureau Chief for Nine’s A Current Affair, as its new 7NEWS Spotlight executive producer, and announced the appointment of Chris Salter as the Director of News in Seven Melbourne.

De Ceglie said these recent hires were “part of a strategy to recruit young leaders to Seven”.



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