UK news, factual and sport production firm ITN has appointed Rachel Corp as its new CEO.
She will take up the new role on 1 September, with current CEO Deborah Turness continuing to lead the organisation until then.
Corp currently serves as editor of ITV News, which is produced by ITN, where she holds overall responsibility for the vision, strategy and direction for the UK broadcaster’s national news programmes and digital output.
She also oversees ITV News London, ITV News-produced Tonight programme episodes, current affairs series On Assignment, and special live programmes such as General Elections and Royal events. In this role, Corp leads a team of more than 300 people in the UK and abroad while overseeing a multi-million-pound budget.
Under her editorship, ITV News has broken a string of major stories in recent years, including the Westminster ‘Partygate’ scandal; the series of reports into substandard conditions in council housing; the undercover investigation into Amazon’s disposal of unsold products and the global exclusive eyewitness report from inside the storming of the US Capitol.
Corp first joined ITN as a trainee and her early career included working on the launch of 5 News, as well as the roles of North of England and senior field producer, covering major stories in the UK and abroad, from Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq to the Hutton Inquiry and the Soham murders.
Following spells as the BBC’s senior Moscow producer and as head of channels at digital production company WebsEdge, she returned to ITV News as a news editor, rising to deputy head of home news and head of home news, and went on to become editor of ITV News London.
She moved to ITN stable-mate 5 News as Editor in 2017, leading the team through its coverage of terror attacks, the Grenfell disaster and a snap general election, and returned to ITV News in 2018 where she has led the newsroom during a news period covering multiple elections, Brexit, the Trump presidency, the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and the war in Ukraine, as well as launching the newly extended ITV Evening News.
“Having worked across ITN for over three decades, I am delighted and honoured to be taking the reins as CEO at such a crucial time for news and journalism, as well as an incredibly exciting stage of the company’s wider development with so many ambitious projects on the horizon across TV production, sports, events and advertising to name just a few,” commented Corp.