ITN and Channel 5 have appointed ITV News London Editor Rachel Corp as Editor of 5 News.
Rachel will be responsible for the editorial output and direction of 5 News, continuing to develop its focus on original journalism that puts the viewer at the heart of the story. She will join ITN’s senior management team, reporting directly to ITN CEO John Hardie.
Rachel returns to 5 News nearly two decades after she was part of the BAFTA award-winning launch team in 1997. Editor of ITV London since 2015, her tenure saw her oversee the London Mayoral Election live debates, coverage of the EU Referendum and agenda-setting investigations such as the West London Coroner’s Service.
Every week, 5.2m million viewers tune into 5 News, including key programmes 5 News at 5, fronted by Sian Williams, and 5 News Tonight at 6.30pm, hosted by Matt Barbet. Last month, the service was relaunched with a brand new studio and set following its return to ITN’s central London headquarters.
Rachel joined ITN as a trainee and her early career included the roles of North of England and Senior Field Producer, covering major stories in the UK and abroad, from Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, to the Hutton Inquiry and the Soham murders. Following a spell as the BBC’s Senior Moscow Producer, she returned to ITV News as a News Editor, rising to Deputy Head of Home News and Head of Home News during which time her reporting team twice won the coveted Royal Television Society Award for coverage of Jihadi Terror and Thomas Cook.
Rachel said: “I am delighted to be joining 5 News and such a talented team. 5 News has a strong tradition of independence and spirit and I am really looking forward to working with a newsroom that has the confidence to tell the stories that people care about, in such a distinctive way. And at a time when Channel 5 is going from strength to strength with its programmes and ratings.”
Paul Dunthorne, Chief Operating Officer at Channel 5 said: “Following the recent relaunch of 5 News, Rachel’s appointment is a further step forward in the evolution of our news service during a period where the news agenda has never been more important or relevant to our viewers. We will continue to deliver quality, distinctive and compelling news that captures, communicates and clearly outlines the impact of important developments on the UK and world stage.”
ITN CEO John Hardie said: “Rachel is an extremely talented journalist and leader who has risen rapidly through the ranks at ITN since beginning her career here as a trainee. Whether running news-gathering operations on breaking stories or overseeing major investigations, Rachel has consistently demonstrated her judgement, eye for a story and creative flair. These are exciting times for 5 News, and I´m very much looking forward to the next stage of its evolution under Rachel´s leadership.”
Challenging the status quo since its launch, 5 News continues to play a vital role in the UK’s media landscape, offering a different take on the day’s news.
Rachel takes up her new position in the New Year, replacing Cristina Nicolotti Squires who leaves ITN after 22 years for a new role at Sky News.
In 2014, Viacom agreed with Ofcom to increase Channel 5’s news quota in peak by 20% to 120 hours annually. Channel 5’s all hours news quota rose by the same amount, from 240 hours to 260 hours annually.
About Channel 5:
Since September 2014, Channel 5 has been owned by Viacom International Media Networks. It reaches 4 out of 5 UK adults each month with a broad mix of content ranging from observational documentaries to entertainment programmes, popular factual to factual entertainment, natural history to history series. Sister channels 5STAR, 5USA, My5 TV and Spike complement Channel 5 with a mix of original commissions, entertainment and U.S. drama. My5 Online is an on demand service available across multiple platforms and devices. In 2015, the Channel 5 portfolio was the only major commercial free-to-air network to grow share of all adults, and increased its share of the valuable 16-34 audience by 4%. Channel 5 launched as Britain’s fifth public service channel in March 1997.
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• Daily TV news programmes for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5
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• Sports live coverage, clips and programmes
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