ITV News Opens Dubai Bureau And Makes New Foreign Correspondent Appointments

ITN is opening a new bureau in Dubai and is reshuffling its ITV News foreign correspondents following an extensive review of its international operations.

The changes will build on ITV News’ award-winning international coverage, which has won two BAFTAs and an International Emmy in the last two years.

Former ITV News Washington Correspondent John Irvine will have the title International Correspondent and be based in the newly opened Dubai bureau. The on-screen title reflects the wide-ranging role that John will fulfil, using Dubai as a hub to cover stories across the Indian sub continent, Africa and the Gulf region itself. The Dubai bureau is ITV News’ first new operation overseas since the opening of the China bureau in 2006.

Other changes to ITV News’ international teams see Robert Moore appointed Washington Correspondent – a role that he previously held between 2001 and 2006. Martin Geissler replaces Robert as Europe Correspondent. UK Editor Angus Walker will take his first foreign role as China Correspondent. The majority of these changes will come into place on-screen in early September.

“We have some of the most experienced and talented correspondents in the business who have won a host of awards between them,” said Jonathan Munro, Deputy Editor of ITV News. “This new line-up will refresh our on-screen reporting and play to the strengths of our correspondents. The strategic decision to open the Dubai bureau will improve our longer term newsgathering and ability to get teams on the ground for breaking stories in a wide area from Pakistan to Southern Africa.”

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