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Sunday Night gets new Executive Producer after Steve Taylor departs

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The Seven Network has today appointed Hamish Thomson as Executive Producer of the Sunday Night program.

The appointment of Mr Thomson follows the resignation of Steve Taylor.

Taylor whom spent much of his early career with the ABC, has been EP on Sunday Night since late 2014. During that time the programs ratings have fluctuated due to inconsistent timeslots. But the program has also suffered from low staff morale, with many questioning Taylor's willingness to embrace commercial Television standards.

Note: An earlier version of this article reported that Steve Taylor had been escorted from the building by security staff.  DeciderTV now acknowledges this did not occur. 

In a media statement today, Tim Worner, CEO of Seven West Media, thanked Mr Taylor for his outstanding dedication to the program’s success during his tenure.

“Steve has been a driving force on Sunday Night and under his impassioned leadership, it is the most-watched public affairs program in 2016.

Mr McPherson added:

“We acknowledge Steve’s commitment and professionalism over the past 18 months and we wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Hamish Thomson is a former Executive Producer of 60 Minutes from 2007-2012 and has been involved in weekly public affairs programming for more than two decades. He will report to Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs, Craig McPherson.

Mr Thomson commenced his career in journalism with The Daily Telegraph and The Australian, and prior to joining the Nine Network in 1994 was Managing Director of Thomson Media Group.

Mr McPherson said: “Hamish is one of the most successful public affairs producers in the country with a terrific eye for stories that resonate far and wide. He’ll provide astute leadership and relentless drive to the very talented Sunday Night team.”