ITN appoints Bevan Gibson as Chief Technology Officer

ITN has appointed Sky’s Bevan Gibson as Chief Technology Officer to deliver the technical vision for ITN, the UK’s pre-eminent supplier of public service news.

Replacing Director of Technology Keith Cass, who is retiring after 34 years at ITN, Bevan will oversee the development of ITN’s next generation digital media solutions, network infrastructure and workflows. He will lead a team of 90 highly-skilled technical staff ranging from broadcast engineers to software developers to deliver solutions in broadcast engineering, news operations, new business propositions and IT and communications. His brief will cover every technical aspect of national and international newsgathering for all of ITN’s newsrooms and production teams through to the infrastructure underpinning all of ITN’s commercial and support operations. Bevan will join ITN in April, taking a place on the senior management team and reporting directly to Chief Executive Officer John Hardie.

Bevan joins from BskyB, where as Head of Operations & Technology – Sky Creative he leads the teams responsible for infrastructure and workflows within the department. Having spent ten years at BSkyB, Bevan’s experience spans Sky News, where he was Head of Future Technology, Sky News Arabia where he was Launch Director for the joint venture, and Broadcast Services, where he held a broad strategic role as Broadcast Engineering Specialist. Major achievements during his time at Sky include the successful technical launches of Sky News Arabia and Sky News HD as well as leading several reviews of workflows in key areas such as newsroom systems.

Prior to joining Sky, Bevan held positions at Orad UK and in Australia at the Sydney Olympic Broadcasting Organisation, Nine Network and Seven Network.

Keith Cass is retiring from ITN on a high after a series of technology successes for the company spanning newsgathering operations for major projects such as the Royal Wedding, London 2012 Olympics and Diamond Jubilee, the establishment of a state-of-the-art newsroom and virtual reality studio for Channel 5 News, and the digitisation of the whole ITN archive dating back to 1955. During Keith’s 13 year tenure as Director of Technology the company has been at the very forefront of technological innovation with notable achievements including: a Royal Television Society Innovation Award in 2004 for the ITV News Theatre of News virtual reality studio, a technical Emmy Award in 2002 for ITN’s developments in digital asset management followed in 2006/7 by the implementation of one of Europe’s largest Avid installations, and establishing ITN’s in-house software development team that developed NeMeSys, ITN’s own media content management and workflow system which underpins several of ITN’s major contracts and won the IBC Innovation Award for Content Delivery in 2007.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining ITN at this exciting time for the company and the news media as a whole,” said Bevan Gibson. “ITN has a long heritage of technical excellence and I look forward to being part of the next chapter of that innovation. There is huge opportunity to be realised for ITN during this period of accelerated pace of change in newsgathering and digital media.”

“I am delighted to welcome Bevan to the role of CTO at ITN,” said Keith Cass. “Bevan’s background is a perfect match to lead us through the next phase of technical innovation and growth at ITN. He will inherit some of the best technology managers, engineers and support teams in the business. It is fantastic opportunity for everyone involved.”

“Bevan is an excellent leader to step into the huge shoes being left by Keith,” said John Hardie, Chief Executive Officer of ITN. “The contribution made by Keith over a generation here at ITN has been immense and he leaves us in fantastic shape to take our place at the very forefront of the next iteration of the digital revolution. Bevan’s impressive track record and achievements show that he is exactly the right person to lead us on that journey.”

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