July 4th 2018

ITN CEO John Hardie has decided to step down from his role at the end of 2018 following nine transformative years at the helm.

Since joining in 2009, John has overseen a highly-successful turnaround, returning the company to profitability and diversifying the business to achieve record revenues and profits. 

John Hardie said: “It has been my honour and privilege to lead this unique organisation for nearly a decade, working alongside some of the very best in the business. But the time has come for me to start the next chapter of my career and pursue some long-held ambitions and it is absolutely the right time for a new CEO to take the reins.

“It will be my enduring pride to have played my part in shaping ITN into one of the most successful, highly-regarded television production companies in the UK, solidifying its position not only in world-class broadcast news but also in television production, sports, advertising and digital. 

“Today’s ITN is stronger than it has ever been, with our creativity as well as our journalism recognised globally at the highest level, a growing international client base and a robust plan for the future. I look forward to watching the company continue to flourish into the next stage of its evolution.”

ITN Chair Geert Linnebank said: “Over the past nine years, John has led an incredibly successful turnaround of ITN, transforming it into a thriving, profitable and diversified organisation with a global reputation for excellence. Under his skilful leadership, ITN has seen a period of unprecedented growth, reaching record levels of revenue and profits. He leaves the company in fantastic shape for the future with a strong blueprint for further expansion both in the UK and internationally.

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank John for his passion, drive and commitment in getting ITN to where it is today. We are pleased he will be staying on until the end of the year to support a smooth transition and we wish him every success in his future endeavours.”

A search for John’s successor will get underway shortly.

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