Granada news revamp creates reporting roles

The hunt is on for a news editor and several journalists for Granada Reports, as the broadcaster revamps its flagship news programme in the North West, writes Wale Azeez.

The move comes three months after Mark Alderton, news and current affairs editor since 2000, stepped down to become current affairs editor. News producer Cerys Griffiths has been acting in the vacant role since April.

However, a spokesman said Alderton stepped aside to be temporarily replaced by Griffiths “because the programme needed fresh thinking”.

As part of the revamp, the news and current affairs editor role will now be split into two.

In addition to the news editor vacancy, the programme is looking for a number of off-screen reporters, two for sport and a junior journalist.

The vacancies come weeks after Granada Reports anchor and Factory Records founder Tony Wilson announced he would quit the programme next month to fight for devolution in the North West of England.

Kieron Collins, Granada Television’s controller of programmes, said the changes would keep the programme “one step ahead”.

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