Geoff Hill appointed editor of 5 News

ITN has appointed CNN International’s Director of Coverage and former ITV News Programme Editor Geoff Hill as Editor of 5 News.

Hill will launch the new service produced by ITN in early 2012 and lead all editorial and management decisions to evolve 5 News. He will work closely with the 5 News team to ensure a seamless transition from the current Sky operation to the new state-of-the-art newsroom and studio being developed by ITN at Channel 5’s headquarters. As part of ITN’s senior management team, he will report directly to ITN CEO John Hardie.

He replaces David Kermode as Editor of 5 News following Kermode’s announcement in September that he will be joining Daybreak later this year.

Geoff Hill brings 20 years of journalism and TV news experience to 5 News as new editor of the service. He joins from CNN International, where he is Director of Coverage in a role that sees him lead content for the network across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. During this time, he has most recently overseen CNN’s coverage of the Amanda Knox trial in Perugia, as well as the Royal Wedding, UK elections and South African World Cup.

He previously 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.

Geoff Hill said: “I have had an amazing experience with CNN but the prospect of returning to ITN as editor of 5 News is an incredibly exciting challenge. ITN is the UK’s leading commercial news provider and Channel 5 has a growing reputation as well as ambitious plans. I am thrilled to be a part of this new service from the outset.”

“I know Geoff well from his time at ITN where he led a Setanta Sports News team that punched well above its weight,” said John Hardie, CEO of ITN. “He is a first rate journalist and manager who will lead the transition of 5 News to its new home and work with the talented team to develop its output. Viewers can expect distinctive and quality programmes with Geoff at the helm.”

“To have someone of Geoff’s experience and calibre heading up our news programming operation through ITN is another significant step forward for Channel 5’s public service news output,” said Jeff Ford, Director of Programming, Channel 5. “We’re extremely pleased that the team is now complete and ready to start when contracts commence early next year and know that the collective experience, ambition and hunger for success will no doubt result in great programming output for our viewers.”

Hill 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. He then joined ITN, first as Home News Editor for ITV News, responsible for day-to-day news reporting, and then as Senior News Editor for ITV News, co-ordinating all newsgathering logistics on major deployments. Over this period, he took charge of coverage of the 2004 US Presidential elections, the Israel-Lebanon conflict in 2006 and the 7-7 London bombings, as well as overseeing ITN’s coverage of the World Cup in Germany in 2006.


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