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TVNZ head of news and current affairs Ross Dagan has resigned just 10 months into the job - and on the eve of new 7pm show Seven Sharp.
Spokeswoman Megan Richards confirmed Mr Dagan had accepted a job with Seven Network - his former employer in his native Australia.
"Ross has resigned for personal family reasons. He has decided to return to his home town of Brisbane," Ms Richards told NBR.
In an email to staff, CEO Kevin Kenrick said he accepted Ross’s resignation with regret, and understood it had been a difficult decision to make.
"Ross will finish leading key projects before leaving – most notably the successful development and launch of Seven Sharp. In the meantime recruitment to find a replacement has begun," Ms Richards said.
Seven Sharp will launch on February 4, fronted by Greg Boyed, Alison Mau and comedian Jesse Mulligan.
Mr Dagan worked for Seven Network between 2001 and 2005. He worked for Aljazeera English and Network 10 before crossing the Tasman to take the TVNZ job in April last year.
At the state broadcaster he made his strongest mark axing the long running Close Up, fronted by Mark Sainsbury in favour of the racier Seven Sharp.
Calling dibs on Ross Dagan's staff carpark. #Toosoon?
— Jesse Mulligan (@JesseMulligan) January 15, 2013
Above: Mulligan has lorks on Twitter.