BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Deborah Turness

Chief Executive

Deborah was appointed as Chief Executive ITN in April 2021, overseeing one of the largest independent television production companies in the UK and the producer of live network news programming for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

As well as its broadcast news division, ITN is also a market leader in factual programme-making, sports production, advertising production and business-to-business content.

Deborah joined from NBC News International, where she was the first president of the global arm of American news network NBC News, responsible for overseeing its operations including editorial, production and commercial.

Prior to that she was President of NBC News in the United States, becoming  the first woman in US history to be President of a network news division, where she led a team of over 3000 journalists and technicians. She was responsible for all editorial content and commercial revenues for NBC News, including major brands TODAY, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Meet the Press and Dateline. During Deborah’s tenure the four programmes regained their position as top ratings performers in the competitive US news market.

Prior to joining NBC News, Deborah spent many years at ITN, latterly as editor of ITV News where she was the UK’s first female editor of a network news operation and the youngest ever editor of ITV News. During her tenure, the organisation won an Emmy and three consecutive BAFTA awards, as well as several RTS Programme of the Year awards.

Charlie Cox

Charlie Cox is DMGT’s representative on the ITN Board. Charlie has been a senior media executive in the UK and internationally for more than 30 years. His current role is as an advisor to DMG. He has more than 25 years of involvement with the DMGT group, as an executive and consultant, in sectors including print, digital publishing and broadcasting. Most recently Charlie  was CEO of Metro, and previously led the restructure of the US digital publisher Elite Daily after it was acquired by DMG media.

Starting his career in Australia as a journalist in Sydney, he advanced quickly to become manager of Sydney’s leading radio news station – 2GB – in parallel with his role as National News Director of the Fairfax owned Macquarie Radio Network.

Charlie was invited to take over London radio company LBC in 1990. He relaunched its radio stations, returning them to profitability. A major shareholder of LBC was Associated Newspapers, which Charlie joined in 1993 to establish a broadcasting arm of DMGT. The division – DMG Radio – became an international operation with more than 70 radio stations in the UK, Scandinavia, Hungary and Australia, as well as a large portfolio of minority broadcast company holdings.

In 2000 Charlie orchestrated the amalgamation of DMG Radio with the UK’s GWR Group, in which DMGT held a significant stake, before joining friend and business associate Sir Charles Dunstone for the IPO of Carphone Warehouse. As head of M&A, Charlie streamlined international operations, as well as completing a series of acquisitions in a range of telco sectors. He continues to represent Dixons Carphone with its investments in digital radio.

In parallel with his commercial career, Charlie has enjoyed a successful history as racing driver with three British class Championships to his name. As well, he spent 17 years as a motorsports presenter and commentator for BBC Television and was the lead presenter in the pilot series of Australian Top Gear. At the same time, he spent several years as a motor sport columnist for the UK’s Times newspaper.