ITV News has confirmed that it is on the hunt for a new editor and that Deborah Turness is leaving to become president of New York-based NBC News.
She will leave in July after eight years as editor. She was both the youngest ever ITV News editor and also the first woman to hold that role.
She said:"It is quite simply the greatest imaginable honour to be named as the next President of NBC News. I am hugely excited by the opportunities that lie ahead and look forward to working with the talented journalists and technicians who make it one of the great global news operations.
"I owe so much to ITN for nearly 25 fabulous years of adventures and challenges. It has been a huge privilege to be the Editor of ITV News, and to work alongside such a wonderful team of motivated, brave and loyal people.”
ITN chief executive John Hardie said: "Deborah epitomises everything that is best about ITN, inspiring our newsrooms with her ideas, enthusiasm and energy. Whilst I’m incredibly sorry to see her leave, I’m delighted for her as she takes up one of the biggest jobs in TV news with our partners at NBC. I have no doubt that the opportunity to lead ITV News will attract the very best in the business. “
Turness joined ITV News as deputy editor in 2002, returning to ITN from Channel 4 where she was editor of the morning show “Rise". Before that, she spent 13 years at ITN, joining as a freelancer in Paris while studying at the University of Bordeaux.