The current Editor of ITV Network News, Rachel Corp, has been appointed CEO of ITN, replacing Deborah Turness. She'll take up the role on 1st September and ITN, in close collaboration with ITV, is conducting an open search for her successor.
The successful candidate will have overall responsibility for ITV’s national news programmes and digital output, as well as overseeing ITV News London, ITV News-produced “Tonight” programme episodes, current affairs series “On Assignment,” and live programmes such as general elections and Royal events. They will lead a diverse team of over 300 people in the UK and round the world, with responsibility for a budget in the tens of millions. The Editor has clear reporting lines to the CEO of ITN, sitting on the senior leadership team, as well as to ITV’s Director of News and Current Affairs, Michael Jermey, also sitting on his senior leadership team.
This person will have overall responsibility for the vision, editorial content, quality, compliance standards and ratings of ITV News within ITN.
The Editor of ITV Network News is responsible for providing clear, inclusive, leadership and direction for all ITV News staff employed by ITN. They will shape the creation of the daily news programming as well as setting the long-term overall direction for the multi-platform service.
This role has a public profile and the appointed candidate will be a powerful defender and passionate advocate of ITV Network News' journalism.
The successful candidate will have outstanding journalistic credentials with a proven track record of overseeing the delivery of distinctive and critically acclaimed journalism. The Editor of ITV Network News will have an exceptional knowledge of British and global current affairs and issues of interest to the British public and be able to innovate in the delivery of high-quality television and online news, ensuring high ambitions and a clear vision for ITV News.
Strong, inclusive leadership
The Editor will be a passionate advocate of diversity (in all its forms) and have an ambitious, creative, inclusive and hands-on leadership style. They will have strong decision-making skills and will set clear direction for the newsroom and be skilled at engaging and inspiring all current and upcoming talent. The successful candidate will nurture developing talent and have an aptitude for mentoring established talent to perform at their best and will cultivate a positive, inclusive and diverse working environment in which all colleagues feel valued and respected. They will have a passion and commitment to increase representation at all levels and across all areas of diversity.
The Editor will lead a high-performing, collaborative, non-hierarchical and inclusive culture and continuously demonstrate the critical ITN values of Partnership, Agility, Respect and Trust, especially important given the current and recent traumatic and hazardous reporting conditions – both nationally and of course, globally, with COVID and the war in Ukraine.
The successful candidate will be passionate about the importance and ever-increasing influence digital platforms have for a modern news organisation and will bring proven experience working with digital teams at a national level, able to articulate and drive a clear purpose for ITV News content beyond the TV show. This is part of a holistic overhaul of working practices and technology, which will affirm ITV News’ position at the forefront of broadcast journalism. The Editor will be expected to work with the Head of Digital to ensure that online output is relevant to all audiences, is innovative, distinctive and crucially meets all appropriate standards for accuracy, impartiality and compliance. This person will create excellent communication and team culture between digital and the TV output to ensure ITV News is as much a focus online as it is on television.
The successful candidate will play the leading role within the network news operation in delivering Project Invest, a £30 million plus investment programme designed to deliver refreshed technology and new ways of working, bringing all parts of ITV News closer together and providing a modernised, digital newsroom for ITV Network News.
Partnership and client management
The Editor will develop a sophisticated understanding of ITV’s strategy and align and lead ITV News with that strategy. They will prioritise client management as the platform for a continued long-term and trusted relationship between ITN and ITV. They will develop and maintain an excellent professional relationship with ITV's Director of News and Current Affairs, Michael Jermey, and make sure that at all levels of ITV Network News there is an open, trusting partnership with the parts of ITV News that sit within ITV plc and with other departments within ITV and ITN.
The Editor will be accountable for the financial, commercial and operational strategy of ITV News, always striving for diversity, quality and innovation. They will be responsible for programme budgets, minimising inefficiencies and prioritising exceptional journalism, whilst always ensuring operations are managed to budget. The successful candidate will have ultimate responsibility for all of ITV News resources within ITN.
The Editor will have a deep and practical knowledge of television newsgathering, output, talent management and the use of technology and social media. The successful candidate’s experience in newsgathering will demonstrate a rigorous and diligent approach to overseeing potentially hazardous assignments and assessing complex legal or compliance issues. They will have an excellent understanding of multi-platform production and be a champion for the innovative, impartial and award-winning journalism for which ITV News is renowned.
This role will work closely with the Finance Director across a spectrum of financial management and control matters including covering all ITN Productions’ Divisions and World Athletics Productions. There will also be the opportunity to work with the FD across the ITN Newsrooms and other financial, corporate and commercial projects as work demands dictate.
They will report performance to ITN management, business partnering with the Directors and Heads of divisions on financial and commercial matters as directed, with specific responsibility for the financial management of TV Broadcast, post-production and central ITN Productions (“ITNP”) costs and recharges.
The Financial Controller will take overall financial reporting responsibility for ITN Productions and its financial control environment.
The News division of ITN Productions is looking for a dynamic leader to join our highly motivated and successful team at a senior level. It’s an exciting and varied role for a ‘news person’ who is looking to step up to management and get to grips with the business side of our industry.
We are a small, diverse team who cover many bases – broadcast syndication, digital news clips, kids’ bulletins, social media production, broadcast facilities, archive licencing. We don’t expect you to have experience of all these areas – but you’ll need a willingness to learn, curiosity about opportunities and a flexible attitude. In return you’ll be fast tracked to the centre of this innovative team, gaining valuable insights about footage distribution and revenue models.
The role is based in our central London HQ alongside ITV News, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News and the rest of ITN Productions. You’ll be responsible for daily oversight and improvement of the broadcast and digital teams’ workflows and be the key liaison with other newsrooms. You’ll also closely support the Head of News and Archive on major live events, business development and digital projects.
The successful candidate will have sound editorial judgement, be an inclusive manager with excellent people management skills and a real desire to learn about the commercials.
These are the main requirements of the role and is not an exhaustive list of duties. It is intended to reflect the nature, range, and context of the work, which will change over time.