Veteran TV sales head departs Nine after over a decade

One of the industry’s most senior TV sales leaders has announced his resignation from Nine after over 13 years with the company.

On Friday afternoon, Richard Hunwick announced he will step down from the media company in September.

Joining in late 2010 as director of sales in Brisbane, Hunwick worked his way up over a decade to become national director of sales for television and radio, before his last promotion in 2022 that saw his oversee all total television sales.

“It’s been an amazing journey at Nine, and it’s been a privilege to lead the best sales team in the country to some incredible success, as we navigated a period of unheralded transformation from a stand alone TV business, to a digital first, multi-platform, content company,” he said.

“Over the last six months I’ve been thinking about all we’ve achieved, my own future and what opportunities lie ahead. Whilst it was a tough decision to walk away from a business that’s primed for growth in an Olympic year, it’s also the most exciting time I can remember in the media industry.”

Hunwick said he looks forward to exercising his skills and experiences in “some new arenas where I can add value”.

He thanked Nine’s chief sales officer, Michael Stephenson, in his announcement.

“The great thing I’ve learned over the years in this business is the role may change, but the friendships endure, and I wish Stepho and my amazing group of colleagues all the best moving forward.”

Stephenson, who described Hunwick as “one of [his] best friends”, said it was a privilege working with him.

“Over the past 25 years I’ve had the pleasure of working with one of my best friends. Not many people get to do that. Rich has a passion that is infectious, he is an incredible leader of people and he cares more than anyone I know.

“There has never been a more exciting time to be in television. The pace of change is accelerating and I have no doubt that Rich will continue to have a significant impact on our industry in his next challenge,” he added.

Hunwick will finish at Nine at the end of September, ensuring a seamless transition with his successor, yet to be named.

Mumbrella has contacted Nine for further comment.


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