ITN Productions To Produce Dispatches

ITN Productions is one of the first four production companies to be awarded contracts by Channel 4 to produce its flagship current affairs strand Dispatches and provide paid work and mentoring as part of the Channel 4 Investigative Journalism Training Scheme.

This important contract win builds on the commissions that ITN Productions has won from Channel 4 in the last year including the critically acclaimed investigative films Jon Snow’s Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields and Syria’s Torture Machine as well as producing a live debate about the riots in August. Dorothy Byrne, Head of News & Current Affairs at Channel 4, explained her decision to award one of the contracts to ITN: “ITN Productions is able to harness the fantastic journalistic resources of Channel 4 News – developing their stories into major reports and have the ability to get to air quickly with an original take on a story.”

Mark Browning, Managing Director of ITN Productions, added: “Winning this contract is part of ITN Productions’ clear strategy to make high-profile high-quality programmes for major broadcasters. In the last year we have won important commissions from ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Discovery and History, often working with ITN’s newsrooms, reporters and presenters. Winning such a hugely competitive pitch is testimony to the huge amount of hard work and sheer effort that is going on within ITN Productions and demonstrates great trust and confidence in our ability from the client.”

Mark explained: “Clearly this was a great team effort with people from across ITN and ITN Productions working together. Particular congratulations and thanks go to Chris Shaw who has led this project, built the relationship within Channel 4 and harnessed the skills across ITN.”

Announcing the contract wins, Dorothy Byrne continued: “The awarding of these contracts opens an exciting new chapter for Dispatches. We were delighted that 19 production companies applied and it was a difficult task to get it down to four. They all gave us excellent presentations on a range of very strong journalism which gives me great confidence in the future of Dispatches.

“Challenging, investigative, campaigning and revelatory journalism was at the heart of what they offered and all four embraced with enthusiasm the concept of multi-platform current affairs. They brought fresh thinking to the grammar of television journalism and showed that journalism can be both swift and revelatory.

“They are all dedicated to training the next generation of reporters and producers and working collaboratively with each other and the commissioning team. These contracts enable them to establish a team dedicated to Dispatches who are able to make fast-turnaround films as well as longer investigations.”

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