ITV News political editor Tom Bradby (pictured, Reuters) has been confirmed as News at Ten anchor after ten years in his current position.
Bradby will present the programme alone on most nights of the year, according to ITV News, after eight years of Mark Austin and Julie Etchingham doing the job together.
Etchingham will remain “a key figure on News at Ten, frequently presenting the programme, which is moving to a single presenter format”.
ITV News said she would have an “expanded role on ITV’s current affairs output” and that Austin will now co-anchor the 6.30pm programme with Mary Nightingale.
Bradby – who has been Ireland correspondent, Asia correspondent, royal correspondent and UK editor – will move into his new role in the “autumn”.
ITV News also said that Alastair Stewart will "play a key role in the on-screen line-up, regularly anchoring ITV News at 1.30 and 6.30" and that international affairs editor Rageh Omaar "will step in to anchor ITV News at Ten occasionally whilst continuing with his presenting role on some weekend bulletins".
The press release announcing the news comes after The Sun reported today that there is "civil war" in ITV News over the shake-up, with colleagues either categorising themselves as "Team Mark [Austin] or Team Tom [Bradby]". An ITV News source said this information was "wide of the mark". The newspaper also reported that the programme would "take a more American approach" and be more "star-driven".
An ITV spokesperson declined to comment on The Sun story, but pointed towards the press release in which Bradby, Austin and Etchingham were all quoted.
In the release, Bradby said: “News at Ten is one of the best known and loved news brands in the country and I have hugely enjoyed working for it in 25 years on the road with ITV News. The chance to help lead it into a new era is a unique and incredibly exciting challenge – and, given the programme's heritage, a great honour, too.”
Austin said: “After eight really enjoyable years on News at Ten I leave the show in great shape, as current RTS Daily News Programme of Year, and in good hands. I look forward to joining the evening news programme. It's an exciting challenge and also means a bit more sleep.”