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Two stars leave as Nine saved
Jules Lund. Picture: Supplied.

It may be coincidence but in the same week the cash-strapped Nine Network was saved from going into receivership, a second big-name identity left the station.

Jules Lund, who appeared on Nine's travel show Getaway for a decade, has followed veteran 60 Minutes reporter Liam Bartlett and quit the network.

Bartlett, who joined 60 Minutes in 2006, announced his departure on Tuesday, at the same time that station boss David Gyngell was in talks with creditors to avoid going into receivership.

His departure was announced by Nine's news director Darren Wick, who thanked Bartlett for his services but made no mention of where he would be working next.

The announcement of Lund's departure was made by Austereo in Melbourne, where he works co-hosting a national drive-time show with Fifi Box.

Lund appeared on more than 400 episodes of Getaway, was a contestant on the ill-fated Torvill and Dean's Dancing On Ice and was a host of the Logie Awards' red carpet telecasts on Nine.

Even though he has left Nine, the network has already booked him to host, for the eighth time, the red carpet at the 2013 Logies.

Lund says leaving Nine gives him freedom to work with the other networks.

"It's exciting to think for the first time ever I can pick and choose television projects on any network," he said in a statement.

"I've also got the freedom to explore opportunities with Fifi Box outside of radio.

"We've formed an unbreakable bond, and up until now, our network contracts have restricted appearing on TV together, so that excites me."

Gyngell announced on Wednesday that Nine had struck a deal with its lenders and it was now "fully capitalised".

The West Australian

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