Anna Mallett joined ITN on the 29 April 2019 as Chief Executive Officer, 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.
Anna is in charge of more than 700 staff, who between them produce at least 32 hours of live programming per week, with another three to hour hours of documentary and other unscripted content for UK and international clients.
Prior to joining ITN, Anna was Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, Production of BBC Studios, a commercial subsidiary of the BBC. As MD, Anna was responsible for the business and operational leadership of all in-house Production areas within BBC Studios, and for all aspects of International Production & Formats.
Anna was previously the programme director in the creation of BBC Studios Production as a commercial business. Other roles at the BBC have included CEO of BBC Studios and Post Production Ltd (now BBC Studioworks) and Controller of Business Strategy, responsible for the BBC’s overall commercial strategy. Before joining the BBC Anna worked for seven years at The Boston Consulting Group in London, focusing on media and retail. She has an MBA from Harvard and a DPhil from Oxford.
Bryan was appointed Chief Financial Officer of ITN in 2009 having spent six months as a Finance Consultant to ITN. Having initially trained and qualified with PwC, Bryan spent the next 16 years working at Reuters, progressing to a very senior level within finance.
He has a strong track record of delivering above target business performance and change management. He spent his last three years at Reuters as Global Head of Finance, reporting to the Group CFO. He left as a result of the Thomson Reuters merger and joined the Everymind consultancy in 2008.
Geoff Hill was appointed Editor of ITV News in September 2013. Prior to that Geoff was Editor of 5 News. He had rejoined ITN from CNN International, where he was Director of Coverage. Before this Geoff worked for ITN for nearly a decade from 2000 until 2009 where he held senior input and output positions at ITV News, rising to Programme Editor, with responsibility for the flagship News at Ten. He went on to launch and run the 24-hour sports news channel Setanta Sports News as Editor-in-Chief, developing a schedule from scratch and leading a team of nearly 60 people.
He began his career as a newspaper reporter on the Southwark News before moving into television to work on ITV’s London Tonight from 1993 to 2000.
Rachel was appointed acting editor/deputy editor of ITV News in 2018. Previously she was editor of 5 News. Before that she had been editor of ITV News London, as well as holding a number of senior editorial roles in ITV News. As head of home news, Rachel led the team which won a Royal Television Society award. She began her ITN career as a trainee, spending time at 5 News as part of its launch team before taking up a series of roles covering major stories in the UK and abroad for ITV News. Rachel also spent time in Russia as the BBC’s senior Moscow producer.
Ben de Pear is the Editor of Channel 4 News, produced by ITN for Channel 4. Ben was appointed to the role in July 2012, having joined Channel 4 News in 2005 as a Senior Foreign Producer, later becoming Head of Foreign News, where he led the programme’s investigation into the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, prompting a UN investigation and global calls for a war crimes tribunal. This formed the basis of 2011’s award-winning Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields- produced by ITN for Channel 4.
Cait was appointed editor of 5 News in February 2018, having held the post of deputy editor for four years. Previously Cait was part of the Sky News team that won a Bafta for its coverage of the Soham murders in 2002, and was a programme editor at ITV News for the relaunch of News at Ten in 2008, where she also worked on ITV’s Election 2010 programme and its Royal Wedding coverage in 2011.
Sarah joined ITN in November 2008 and is responsible for driving the company’s PR strategy and corporate profile, as well as internal communications and public affairs. She previously spent more than a decade at Trinity Mirror plc, latterly as Head of Public Relations, where she oversaw communications across the group’s portfolio of media brands.
Chris Shaw is the Creative Director of ITN Productions. He has been in television and radio for more than 25 years, starting as a news reporter and producer. He has held senior positions on every commercial news programme in the UK.
Most of his early journalistic career was spent at ITN where he was in turn the Home and Foreign news editor on Channel 4 News, Editor of News at Ten and the launch Editor of Channel Five News. He also devised and launched Big Breakfast News for Channel 4. In 1990 he became the first executive producer of ITN Factual which is the programme making arm of the news supplier. Chris has also done extensive field work in hostile environments such as Bosnia, Croatia, Iraq, Iran and Ethiopia.
Bevan joined ITN in 2014. Previously, he was responsible for the operational aspects, and Technology strategy of Sky Creative, part of BSkyB, following a broad strategic role within Sky’s Broadcast Technology team. Prior to that, Bevan was the Technical Launch Director for Sky News Arabia, based in Abu Dhabi and launched in the Spring of 2012.
Before joining BSkyB in 2003, Bevan worked as Engineering Support Manager at Orad UK, a real-time 3D graphics hardware/software company, responsible for the management of key customers across Europe. Prior to his time at Orad, he worked for the host broadcast at the Sydney Olympic Games, having started his career at the Seven Network in Australia