Sneesby’s CEO position safe – at least until upcoming Nine annual results?

Nine appears to have its house in order after the board and CEO Mike Sneesby insisted they are “united”.

On a new episode of the Mumbrellacast, editor Neil Griffiths and publisher Adam Lang discussed the last week of movements for the media giant since allegations of inappropriate behavior were made against former news boss, Darren Wick.

After addressing staff and on air talent last Friday, Sneesby confirmed an external investigation will be conducted by Intersection. The review will commence in the coming weeks, with findings to be completed by the end of July.

Meanwhile, Nine will establish a dedicated hotline to report sexual harassment, and conduct an organisation-wide survey, while staff will undergo sexual harassment prevention training.

Given the action taken by the CEO, and the fact that Nine will present its annual results on August 28, Lang said it’s safe to presume that no action will be taken regarding Sneesby’s position, if any, until that date.

Mike Sneesby, Nine's chief executive officer.

“I think that’s a good presumption at this point,” Lang said.

“We’ve seen the two-month reporting period that is going to go on with the investigation, and then that’ll be done at the end of July. That seems to be pretty well timed to hand that report into the board. And then that forms part of what gets announced.

“Something could happen sooner, of course. Something else might happen, but barring external events or other incidences, you’d say that’s probably a likely timeline.”

Listen to the full episode here.


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