John Hardie joined ITN in June 2009 as CEO. Prior to joining ITN, John was Executive Vice President and Managing Director Walt Disney Television EMEA from 2001 to 2009. He built Disney Channel from a boutique pay TV channel in 9 million homes generating $200m revenue to become by far the most successful kids TV business in Europe with distribution in 44 million homes generating $500m revenue. Between 1997 and 2001 John was Marketing and Commercial Director of ITV Network Ltd.
John was born and bred in Glasgow where he is also graduated from Glasgow University.
Bryan was appointed Chief Financial Officer of ITN in 2009 having spent six months as a Finance Consultant to ITN. Having initially trained and qualified with PwC, Bryan spent the next 16 years working at Reuters, progressing to a very senior level within finance.
He has a strong track record of delivering above target business performance and change management. He spent his last three years at Reuters as Global Head of Finance, reporting to the Group CFO. He left as a result of the Thomson Reuters merger and joined the Everymind consultancy in 2008.
Solicitor James Scorer joined ITN in 1996 in the dual roles of Director of Business Affairs and Company Secretary. As such he is involved in all aspects of ITN’s business.
Previously James was a partner at media lawyers, Olswang.
Geoff Hill was appointed Editor of ITV News in September 2013. Prior to that Geoff was Editor of 5 News. He had rejoined ITN from CNN International, where he was Director of Coverage. Before this Geoff worked for ITN for nearly a decade from 2000 until 2009 where he held senior input and output positions at ITV News, rising to Programme Editor, with responsibility for the flagship News at Ten. He went on to launch and run the 24-hour sports news channel Setanta Sports News as Editor-in-Chief, developing a schedule from scratch and leading a team of nearly 60 people.
He began his career as a newspaper reporter on the Southwark News before moving into television to work on ITV’s London Tonight from 1993 to 2000.
Ben de Pear is the Editor of Channel 4 News, produced by ITN for Channel 4. Ben was appointed to the role in July 2012, having joined Channel 4 News in 2005 as a Senior Foreign Producer, later becoming Head of Foreign News, where he led the programme’s investigation into the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, prompting a UN investigation and global calls for a war crimes tribunal. This formed the basis of 2011’s award-winning Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields- produced by ITN for Channel 4.
Mark joined ITN in 2009 as Commercial Director of ITN’s digital division before launching ITN Productions in 2010. Since then he has overseen its growth by expanding the business into television, sport, commercials, corporate, and digital production. Prior to ITN, Mark had an extensive career in radio, culminating in becoming Programme Director at Heart 106.2.
Melanie Tansey joined ITN in 2010 and is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership to the HR department and ensuring that it actively contributes to business goals. She has previously held a succession of senior HR roles at IT giant Hewlett Packard, which she joined in 2001.
Sarah joined ITN in November 2008 and is responsible for driving the company’s PR strategy and corporate profile, as well as internal communications and public affairs. She previously spent more than a decade at Trinity Mirror plc, latterly as Head of Public Relations, where she oversaw communications across the group’s portfolio of media brands.
Bevan joined ITN in 2014. Previously, he was responsible for the operational aspects, and Technology strategy of Sky Creative, part of BSkyB, following a broad strategic role within Sky’s Broadcast Technology team. Prior to that, Bevan was the Technical Launch Director for Sky News Arabia, based in Abu Dhabi and launched in the Spring of 2012.
Before joining BSkyB in 2003, Bevan worked as Engineering Support Manager at Orad UK, a real-time 3D graphics hardware/software company, responsible for the management of key customers across Europe. Prior to his time at Orad, he worked for the host broadcast at the Sydney Olympic Games, having started his career at the Seven Network in Australia
Rachel was appointed editor of 5 News in January 2017. Previously she had been editor of ITV News London, as well as holding a number of senior editorial roles in ITV News. As head of home news, Rachel led the team which won a Royal Television Society award. She began her ITN career as a trainee, spending time at 5 News as part of its launch team before taking up a series of roles covering major stories in the UK and abroad for ITV News. Rachel also spent time in Russia as the BBC’s senior Moscow producer.