Deborah Turness Departs For NBC News

ITV News is beginning a search for a new Editor, following confirmation that Deborah Turness will be taking up the position of President of NBC News, based in New York.

Deborah will remain at ITV News until July, and ITN and ITV will work together to find her successor. Robert Lindsay Associates have been appointed to co-ordinate an open recruitment process, which begins today.

Appointed as Editor of ITV News in 2004, Deborah Turness was the first female Editor of ITV News, and the youngest Editor of ITV News on record.

Michael Jermey, ITV’s Director of News and Current Affairs, says: “Deborah has made an enormous contribution to ITV News over many years and we wish her all the very best in her new role. She leaves ITV News in great shape. Her successor will take on the leadership of a highly talented team with a great track record in making award winning programmes.”

Deborah Turness says: “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.”

John Hardie, ITN CEO, says: “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. “

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