The Nine Network has announced that Darren Wick will replace Mark Calvert as its director of news and current affairs.

Wick is currently the news director at Nine News in Sydney and has overseen a ratings resurgence led by anchor Peter Overton, which in 2011 won the Sydney market for the first time in seven years. His 16 year stint at Nine has included roles as executive producer of Today and A Current Affair. Prior to joining Nine, Darren began his career at News Limited as a journalist on The Daily Mirror followed by a stint in the United Kingdom working in television news and current affairs.

“I’m honoured to take on the baton of director of news and current affairs. We have an outstanding team around the country and I look forward to working with them on building our success nationally," Wick said.

In announcing Wick's appointment, managing director of Nine Jeff Browne said: "“Darren is one of those rare people who has a thirst and talent for news and current affairs embedded in his DNA. His extraordinary commitment and effort has been fundamental to Nine’s News performance, topped off with a great win in Sydney last year. Darren has rightly earned the respect of all in our newsrooms across the country, as well as other television networks and major news organisations and he is the natural choice to assume the top role in News and Current Affairs at Nine."

David Gyngell, Chief Executive Officer of Nine Entertainment Co, said: “Darren has earned the post with sheer hard work and leadership – he’s an outstanding appointment”.

Calvert stood down unexpectedly last week citing a desire to spend more time with his wife and four daughters as the reason for his departure.