Cristina Nicolotti Squires appointed Editor of Channel 5 News

ITN and Channel 5 have appointed ITV News Head of Output and Assistant Editor Cristina Nicolotti Squires as Editor of Channel 5 News.

In her new role, Cristina will lead all editorial and management areas of Channel 5 News and continue to develop its output following the recent launch of NewsTalk Live alongside the flagship 5pm news programme. She will also join ITN’s senior management team, reporting directly to ITN CEO John Hardie.

Cristina replaces Geoff Hill, who is leaving to join ITV News and has been Editor of Channel 5 News since 2011 as the service prepared to return to being produced by ITN. Since then, ITN has built a bespoke newsroom and state-of-the-art studio based at Channel 5 headquarters, produced award-nominated home and foreign coverage and delivered some of the highest news audiences every day on commercial TV.

Cristina Nicolotti Squires said: “I am honoured to be trusted with the editorship of Channel 5 News. I’m really excited about leading such a vibrant, energetic team who punch well above their weight on a daily basis, and who make great news programmes. It will be my mission to lead this group with the passion and ambition that’s already there”

John Hardie, Chief Executive Officer of ITN, said: “Cristina is an incredible programme-maker behind some of the most acclaimed ITN-produced output in recent years including the Royal Wedding and Diamond Jubilee specials for ITV. Having already clocked up almost 20 years at ITN, Cristina will bring a wealth of experience to this role and build on the fantastic work done by Geoff and his team since we began producing Channel 5 News again last year. I look forward to her flourishing in one of the most coveted editorships in TV news.”

Channel 5 Director of Programmes Ben Frow said: “We are delighted that Cristina is joining our team at Channel 5 News. She is a major player in TV journalism and has the drive, talent and infectious energy to take our news programmes to the next level.”

Cristina Nicolotti Squires has over 24 years’ experience as a journalist, first in print before moving to Thames Television News and then London Weekend Television. Joining ITN in 1994, Cristina soon became a national News Editor for ITV News rising to Head of Home News. She then moved into production rising to Head of Output and Assistant Editor. She has worked on coverage of every British and US election since 1994 and travelled extensively round the world with ITV News correspondents. In her time at ITN, she’s been part of teams winning RTS Programme of the Year for News at Ten in 2011 and the BAFTA for coverage of the Haiti earthquake.

In her current role, she is responsible for all output staff in ITV News, overseeing and co-ordinating on-air output across all ITV News programmes and occasionally being Programme Editor. Cristina was also the Executive Producer of ITV’s critically-acclaimed Royal Wedding live special programme in 2011, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee programme and the ITN-produced instalments of ITV’s Tonight programme.

Cristina will join Channel 5 News as Editor in the coming weeks.

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