Steven Burling appointed as EP of Today and director of morning television at Nine

The executive producer of A Current Affair, Steven Burling, has been promoted to director of morning television at Nine, replacing Mark Calvert who announced his departure last week.

Burling’s role will include being the executive producer of Today, which takes on Seven’s Sunrise in the battle for breakfast television supremacy.

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Burling started his career with Nine on the Today show back in 2000 as a segment producer and a “meeter and greeter” of guests. He also spent several years as the entertainment producer for Richard Wilkins.

Throughout his time at Nine, he has been Sydney bureau chief for A Current Affair, field producer and chief of staff at 60 Minutes.

Replacing Burling as executive producer of A Current Affair – a program which Darren Wick, national director of news and current affairs, said is “in great shape” – is Fiona Dear.

Dear has been deputy director of news in Sydney for the past two years and prior to that she spent a decade as chief of staff.

Wick said Dear’s “DNA” was locked into the working class audience that ACA champions.

“Fiona has overseen coverage of the biggest events – bushfires, terror attacks, Olympic Games, royal weddings to name just a few. She’s passionate about news and current affairs and is always looking and pushing for the edge that will set Nine above our opposition,” he added.

Dear’s replacement at deputy director of news in Sydney is Meredith Marks, who has been with Nine for close to a decade. She’s currently an executive producer at Nine News.

Wick said she had exceptional judgement and “will play a critical role in 2019” as Nine restructures its news teams.


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