Amy McCarthy appointed A Current Affair EP

McCarthy takes over from Fiona Dear, who is now the network’s director of news and current affairs.

Amy McCarthy has been appointed as executive producer of Nine’s A Current Affair, following the promotion of Fiona Dear, who is now the network’s director of news and current affairs.

McCarthy has been the EP of daytime news in the Sydney newsroom for the past decade, where she lead the 9News live coverage of news events locally and globally including live coverage of the Black Summer bushfires, the NSW floods, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Current Affair has never been stronger, and Amy’s appointment comes at an exciting time as we aim to grow our audience by embracing new ideas and innovative approaches,” Dear said.

“Amy is a natural leader known for her creativity, mentorship, and collaborative spirit. She has a unique talent for storytelling and an unwavering commitment to journalistic integrity.

“Amy’s leadership style is defined by her ability to bring out the best in her team, her willingness to seek assistance when needed, and her dedication to mentoring junior staff while collaborating with senior colleagues.

“Her vision aligns perfectly with A Current Affair’s goals of not only maintaining its strong identity and loyal viewership but also expanding its reach and transforming into a dynamic, multi-platform program.”

McCarthy added: “I am so proud to be part of the ACA team. As a journalist, this show is as good as it gets – the incredible team find and tell stories that speak for Australia and hit the heart. It’s a big next step for me but I’m so ready for the challenge.”

In her new role, Dear oversees the roster of Channel Nine programs, from the 6pm news bulletins, breaking news teams, Today, A Current Affair, and 60 Minutes.

Before Dear’s promotion, rival Seven promoted Chris Salter to Melbourne news director, replacing veteran Shaun Menegola. Salter will report to newly-appointed editor-in-chief and director of news and current affairs Anthony De Ceglie.

See also: Nine promotes Fiona Dear to director of news and current affairs

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