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.
David was appointed as the ITN CFOO in 2019 to oversee the finance function as well as several other business areas.
David initially trained and qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst within the Corporate Finance function of PwC, which led to senior finance and investments roles with the Mergers and Acquisitions team of Bacardi Martini and the position of Head of Investment and Major Projects for the BBC.
He progressed to become the Chief Executive of one of the BBC’s main commercial subsidiaries, BBC Studioworks Ltd, a production facilities company which sells studio and post production services to all the major broadcasters and production companies including the likes of ITV, Channel 4, Sky, the BBC and Endemol Shine. Under David’s five year tenure, the company grew substantially in revenues and profit and became dividend paying for the first time.
Kyla is ITV’s Company Secretary and Group General Counsel. Before joining ITV, she held senior legal positions in the media, entertainment and strategic outsourcing sectors. Kyla was General Counsel and Company Secretary at easyJet plc and Mitie Group plc, Global General Counsel of EMI Music, and Group Legal Director at ITV plc and Granada Media.
Geert is Reuters News & Media Limited’s representative on the Board. Geert was Editor-in-Chief of Reuters from 2000 to 2006, and Reuters Global Head of Content from 2002 to 2006. He joined Reuters as a correspondent covering European Union affairs in Brussels in 1983. Previously, Geert was a correspondent for AP-Dow Jones.
Andrew joined Informa PLC in September 2014, becoming CEO of its newly-formed Knowledge and Networking Division (KNect365). After graduating from Bristol University in 1986, Andrew has worked at Lever Brothers (Unilever), United Distillers, News International and Associated Newspapers.
Andrew was MD at the London Evening Standard, and in May 2010 also became MD of The Independent, therefore heading up all of Alexander Lebedev’s UK newspaper operations. Andrew remains on the Boards of ESL and London Live as a Non-Executive Director, a role he also held at Which? Limited, from 2011 to 2016.
Magnus Brooke is Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at ITV plc with overall responsibility for ITV’s policy and regulatory strategy and its interaction with UK and European regulators and government. Magnus is a non-executive director of a number of ITV subsidiaries and joint venture companies including SDN, Freesat and Digital UK and from 2014-19 he was Chairman of the Board of the Brussels based Association of Commercial Television in Europe. Prior to joining ITV in July 2006 he was Head of the BBC Director General’s Office for three years first for Greg Dyke and subsequently for Mark Thompson. Magnus began his career as a solicitor specialising in regulatory and competition law for media companies and investors at city of London solicitors Ashursts where he also trained.
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.