David Mannion is to step down as ITV News editor-in-chief to take on a new role as special adviser to ITN chief executive John Hardie.
Mannion, who has been editor-in-chief since September 2002, will take up his newly created role in July.
He said: “This has been a huge decision for me but, after a decade in my current role, it feels the appropriate time for me to do other things.
“I am privileged to have worked at ITN with some of the greatest TV news professionals of our time and I am genuinely delighted to be taking on my new role working closely with my CEO John Hardie.”
ITN said in his new post Mannion would ‘influence ITN’s strategy and policy at a corporate level’and advise on future planning, new business opportunities and revenue growth outside of ITN’s core contracts.
John Hardie, chief executive of ITN, said: “David is a force of nature whose impact is evident in every part of ITV News – from delivering world exclusives to building an incredibly talented team around him.
‘He leaves ITV News on a real high, with News at Ten named Programme of the Year by both the RTS and BAFTA – just the latest in a hatful of industry accolades and achievements.
“I look forward to working even more closely with David and utilising his experience in developing the commercial future for ITN.
‘What we lose from the ITV newsroom, ITN gains corporately and strategically by harnessing David’s knowledge and expertise.”
Prior to his appointment as ITV News editor-in-chief, Mannion oversaw ITV current affairs programme Tonight with Trevor McDonald.
Mannion first joined ITN in 1979 and is unique in having been editor of ITV News, GMTV and two of ITV’s flagship current affairs strands, Tonight with Trevor McDonald and the Cook Report. He was also deputy editor of Channel 4 News.
Before joining ITN, Mannion begun his journalism career as a trainee reporter on the Long Eaton Advertiser and then at the Raymonds News Agency in Derby, before moving to Radio Trent and Central Television.