UK’s ITN names ITV exec as new CEO

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 […]

BBC hires ITN boss to head news & current affairs

The BBC has appointed ITN boss Deborah Turness as the CEO of BBC News and Current Affairs. The executive will be charged with leading the broadcaster’s news coverage across TV and digital, along with setting the agenda for its online news coverage. She will have responsibility for a team of around 6,000 people who in […]

NBC’s Deborah Turness returns to ITN as CEO, ahead of Anna Mallett’s Netflix move

UK-based current affairs producer ITN has re-hired Deborah Turness from NBC News as its CEO, replacing the Netflix-bound Anna Mallett. Turness was most recently president of NBC News International, a role she took up in 2017 with a remit across editorial, production and commercial operations. Prior to that, Turness headed up the US-facing NBC News for […]

Netflix hires ITN’s CEO Anna Mallett for production & appoints overall deals exec

  Netflix has appointed Anna Mallett, the former BBC Studios exec and current ITN CEO, to oversee its production operations, and hired a US-based exec for the streamer’s burgeoning overall deals activity. Mallett becomes VP of physical production and will be based out of London, with a remit across all shows produced in the UK. […]

ITN’s Hardie to quit CEO role at the end of 2018

ITN CEO John Hardie is quitting his role at the end of 2018 following nine years at the helm of the UK-based news organisation and content producer. Since joining in 2009, Hardie has overseen a successful period for the company, returning ITN to profitability and diversifying the business to achieve record revenues and profits. Commenting, […]

Virgin Media boss Mockridge to chair RTS

Pay TV veteran Tom Mockridge will chair the Royal Television Society board of trustees, replacing the outgoing John Hardie. The RTS said it is also looking for a new president to replace former Endemol exec Sir Peter Bazalgette, who is stepping down after six years at the helm. Mockridge currently runs Liberty Global’s UK cabler Virgin […]

ITN rejigs in shift from news to production

UK news producer ITN Productions is restructuring to focus on production, with Mark Browning leading a new division that will target new US business. ITN, which supplies news to three UK commercial broadcasters, will divide its business along two lines, Broadcast News and indie arm ITN Productions. The restructure sees managing director Mark Browning leading […]

Discovery’s Phil Craig unveils first slate

Discovery Networks International’s new executive vice president and chief creative officer Phil Craig has announced a five-strong slate of shows for its international nets. Two of the new shows hail from prodcos in the Discovery co-owned All3Media stable. The slate is also notable for including DNI’s first big natural history commission, Life of Dogs. The […]

Channel Five to increase originals and news spend

UK broadcaster Channel 5 will increase its news and original programming output, according to new licensing rules set out by Ofcom that follow Viacom’s buyout of the station. According to the UK broadcast regulator’s Channel 5  ‘change of control’ review, which was published today, the network must increase its minimum quota of news programmes in […]