James Mates and Penny Marshall land editor roles

ITV News has appointed journalists James Mates and Penny Marshall to new specialist editor roles.

Senior correspondent James Mates has been appointed ITV News Europe editor, a new role designed to 'enhance the audience's understanding of the European Union, its future and what it means for the UK".

Mates has previously been diplomatic editor and Washington and Moscow Correspondent, as well as covering assignments including the refugee crisis in Yugoslavia, the NATO invasion of Kosovo, Yeltsin's attempt to put down the uprising in Chechnya and the Arab Spring uprisings.

Marshall, currently a special correspondent for ITV News at Ten, will become social affairs editor, covering areas including education, welfare and public services.

Marshall won several awards, including an Emmy, for her work uncovering evidence of ethnic cleansing and Serb-run detention camps in Bosnia in 1992.

She joined ITN in 1985 and has previously held roles including home/media affairs correspondent, Moscow reporter and defence and diplomatic correspondent.

The new appointments follow the additions of Laura Kuenssberg as business editor and Richard Edgar as economics editor in September last year.

ITV's director of news, current affairs and sport, Michael Jermey, said: "The creation of the roles of social affairs editor and Europe editor reflects ITV News' continued investment in high quality, specialist journalism.

'We're delighted that James Mates and Penny Marshall – two of Britain's most experienced television correspondents – are taking on these new roles."

Deborah Turness, editor of ITV News, added: 'These two new specialisms extend the portfolio of expertise that ITV News is able to offer its viewers.

'Both Penny Marshall and James Mates are first class correspondents with a proven track record in delivering world class coverage.

'Having James to guide us through the twists and turns in the unpredictable drama that is the Eurozone crisis will add strength and depth to our programmes.

'Penny Marshall is an outstanding journalist and we are thrilled that she will bring her expertise and experience to a new Social Affairs brief to help us tell the story of life in Britain today."

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