Top media people 2016: Hugh Marks, CEO, Nine

Our annual listing of 25 media executives who made a difference this year and are shaping how 2017 will look

Hugh Marks, CEO, Nine Entertainment Co

Just over a year into the position and Marks and his team did a good job steadying the ship after a horrid start to 2016 for the TV business. The troubles included the 60 Minutes Beirut fiasco and the ratings slide when shows like Australia’s Got Talent and Reno Rumble failed to perform. The Block and Nine’s new drama Doctor Doctor helped to pull audiences back. Stan continues to look like a great investment and should return a handsome dividend eventually. People will judge Marks on the 2017 ratings performance, how the much-expanded stable performs and if a refreshed Nine news and current affairs senior team (including promotions for Grant Williams and Mark Calvert) can halt Seven’s rising news ratings tide.

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