Turness takes key role as ITV News reshuffles staff

Turness: ITV News Network editor

The finishing touches to ITV News’s post-merger restructuring culminated this week with deputy editor Deborah Turness being promoted to the new role of editor of ITV News Network.

She will assume day-to-day control of all ITV1 news programmes made by ITN. Her appointment follows the promotion of David Mannion to editor-in-chief of the ITV News Group.

Jonathan Munro, ITV News assistant editor, newsgathering, becomes Turness’s deputy, responsible for newsgathering and the planning of special events.

Michael Jermey, ITN International’s managing director and director of development, takes up the new position of editor, ITV Regions. A former deputy editor of ITV News and programme editor for News at Ten, he will deal on a day-to-day basis with the ITV heads of news and managing directors in the ITV regions. ITN said regional heads of news would report to Jermey but would retain editorial responsibility for regional news programmes.

Channel 4 News managing editor Guy Ker becomes ITV News’s first chief operating officer with responsibility for “effective and cost-efficient management”. He will oversee budgets, work systems and work patterns across ITV1 News, ITV News Channel and ITN’s London News team.

ITV News head of output Craig Oliver is promoted to assistant editor, programme production, overseeing all programme output and news production including specials such as the General Election.

The appointments mark structural changes to ITN’s management of ITV News following the launch of its London news service and recent revamp of the ITV News Channel.

By Wale Azeez

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