Former BBC man Morris takes helm at Omnivision

Former BBC TV and Sky News correspondent Chris Morris has taken over as managing director of the Buckinghamshire-based production company Omnivision, following the resignation of joint founder Steve Rowsell.

Based at Pinewood Studios, the company is joining forces with technology suppliers for film and edit suites 1080 Pro and will begin incorporating virtual reality studios to their news reports. Omnivision mainly covers news in the south east region for BBC London.

Morris is also preparing to set up a new digital TV channel next year. The channel will cover news events and documentaries and be based in the Pinewood studio, but he said it was too early to give more details about its content.

Morris is looking for presenters, camera crew and producers to join the channel. He said: “I will be building up Omnivision and seeing that it evolves with the new technology that is becoming available to us.”

Morris’s career in journalism has spanned 50 years and he has covered 15 conflicts in more than 120 countries as a TV war correspondent.

He started his career in Fleet Street on the Daily Sketch, moving on to freelance for ITN and later BBC TV and Radio News. He helped set up the BBC’s first television studios in Sydney.

After leaving Sky News Morris launched Omnivision, whose recent commissions include the Carlton series, Only Foods and Forces, about how food was transported to the troops in Iraq. He has also presented news on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC News 24.

By Sarah Lagan

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