Kerry Anne

THE rest of the world might be belt-tightening, but a secret look at the books of Channel 9 has exposed the network’s biggest spenders when it comes to dressing the part of a TV star.

While 60 Minutes may be struggling to win its Sunday night timeslot, the program’s presenters have rated atop the list of on-air talent who splashed out the most cash on their working wardrobes.

Tara Brown and her colleague Liam Bartlett led the spending by Nine’s news and current affairs department, according to leaked figures from the last financial year.

Brown claimed $24,448 on clothes and grooming for her globe-trotting gig, while Bartlett spent $16,916 to dress the part.

Adding to 60 Minutes’ styling bill, former reporter now 6pm newsreader Peter Overton spent $11,011 with Liz Hayes charging $8784 to the company account.

Viewers may be used to seeing her in bikinis or ballgowns, Getaway’s Catriona Rowntree splashed out $23,943 on her travelling wardrobe, while A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw claimed $20,182 for her collection of desk-bound duds.