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.