Upshon to quit ITV Central

By Caitlin Pike

Laurie Upshon, controller of news at ITV Central, is to leave this
summer to concentrate on writing, lecturing and other projects.

Upshon joined Central from TVS in 1985 as editor of Central News in
Birmingham. He later became editorial manager, head of news and then
controller in 1990. He was appointed to the Central board in 1993.

Following
the merger of ITV last year, Upshon was a main contender for the role
of editor of ITV regions, but the job went to Michael Jeremy.

“I will be 55 in June and have spent 35 years in journalism, nearly 30 of them in ITV,” he said.

“One
of my greatest achievements was creating Central South as the third sub
region of the central service and the first automated newsroom in the
world.

“In the future I’m hoping to do more writing, as the more
you get pulled into the business side of things the less writing you do
and I miss it.”

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