ITV Announces Laura Kuenssberg As Business Editor

June 2011

ITV ANNOUNCES LAURA KUENSSBERG AS BUSINESS EDITOR

ITV announced today that Laura Kuenssberg, currently Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC, will take up the newly created role of Business Editor for ITV News. Laura, who is expected to join in September, will lead business coverage for ITV News and provide analysis of the latest business stories, both in the

UK and internationally. Laura will also contribute towards business reporting on ITV1’s current affairs strand, Tonight.

Laura joins from the BBC where she won acclaim for her coverage of the 2010 General Election and the formation of the Coalition government. Other major stories she has covered include Barack Obama’s presidential campaign; the build-up to the

Iraq war; and the accession of the Eastern European countries into the EU from

Prague,

Warsaw and

Berlin.

Laura has extensive experience as a correspondent, having reported for a range of flagship BBC programmes including BBC News, BBC News Channel, Newsnight, Today, Daily Politics and BBC Breakfast. Additionally, Laura’s home affairs reporting for BBC North East and

Cumbria earned her a prestigious Royal Television Society Award. Before joining the BBC, Laura reported for Channel 4 News and NBC.

Laura Kuenssberg, said: “The BBC has been an integral part of my life for more than a decade and I will always be grateful for the experiences I have been given. But while families round the

UK cope with the squeeze and the country grapples with making its living, moving to cover British business is an even more exciting prospect. I’m really delighted to be joining ITV, and thrilled about the range of opportunities I’ll have as the ITV News Business Editor – from being a part of the team on the award winning ITV News at Ten, to working with some of the best journalists in the country on ITV1’s Tonight programme.”

Michael Jermey, ITV’s Director of News, Current Affairs and Sport said “Laura is an exceptionally talented journalist. She’s a great addition to ITV News’ team of specialist editors and will greatly enhance ITV News’ reporting of business stories”.

Deborah Turness, Editor of ITV News said: “Laura has an impressive track-record and I’ve admired her sharp journalism and drive. I can’t wait to see her talent flourish and grow with us in such a key position.’

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For more information please contact:

James MacLeod, ITV Press Office – 020 7157 3017

Laura Brander, ITV News Press Office – 020 7430 4108 or email laura.brander @itn.co.uk

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