ITV News Announces Two New Specialist Editors

ITV News has appointed two award-winning journalists as specialist editors, to further enhance its line up of dedicated on-screen experts.


Award-winning Senior Correspondent James Mates has been appointed ITV News Europe Editor. This new role is designed to enhance the audience’s understanding of the European Union, its future and what it means for the UK. James has vast experience in covering major national and international stories with particular expertise in Europe and can employ the skills needed to engage our audience in this vitally important but complex area.


James has held a number of high profile roles at ITV News, both in the UK and abroad, including Diplomatic Editor and both Washington and Moscow Correspondent. Other assignments have included the refugee crisis in Yugoslavia, the NATO invasion of Kosovo, Yeltsin’s attempt to put down the uprising in Chechnya, a series of live broadcasts from Mount Everest to investigate the issue of climate change, the Arab Spring uprisings, famine in Somalia and recent debt-crisis protests in Greece and Italy.

In the second of the two new appointments, Penny Marshall, currently a special correspondent for ITV News at Ten, will become Social Affairs Editor. She will lead ITV News’ in-depth reporting and analysis of immediate issues affecting the lives of the British public, from education to welfare and public services. Penny has an impressive history at ITN and is well- known for her incisive journalism uncovering the Serb-run detention camps in Bosnia in 1992.


Penny’s reports alerted the world to the full horror of ethnic cleansing and won an array of awards including a prestigious Emmy for outstanding investigative journalism. Joining ITN in 1985, Penny has previously held positions as Home/Media Affairs Correspondent, Moscow Reporter and Defence and Diplomatic Correspondent. She has recently contributed to a number of BBC Radio 4 programmes and has written news features for a range of broadsheet newspapers.


James and Penny are the latest specialist editors to be appointed by ITV News, following the additions of Laura Kuenssberg as Business Editor and Richard Edgar as Economics Editor in September last year. They will both regularly contribute news, blogs and analysis to, Facebook and Twitter.


Michael Jermey, ITV’s Director of News, Current Affairs and Sport, said: “The creation of the roles of Social Affairs Editor and Europe Editor reflects ITV News’ continued investment in high quality, specialist journalism. We’re delighted that James Mates and Penny Marshall – two of Britain’s most experienced television correspondents – are taking on these new roles.”


Deborah Turness, Editor of ITV News, said: “These two new specialisms extend the portfolio of expertise that ITV News is able to offer its viewers. Both Penny Marshall and James Mates are first class correspondents with a proven track record in delivering world class coverage. Having James to guide us through the twists and turns in the unpredictable drama that is the Eurozone crisis will add strength and depth to our programmes. Penny Marshall is an outstanding journalist and we are thrilled that she will bring her expertise and experience to a new Social Affairs brief to help us tell the story of life in Britain today.”


Notes to editors:

Penny Marshall’s 1992 television reports on Serb-run detention camps in Bosnia won the International News Award at the Royal Television Society TV Journalism Awards, Gold and Silver Medals at the Annual Film & Television Festival of New York, joint top prize – with Ian Williams – in the BAFTA news category and a prestigious Emmy for outstanding investigative journalism. Penny is a visiting Professor of Journalism at City University.

James Mates’ coverage of the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 played a major part in ITV News winning the BAFTA for News that year. During his time in Moscow, his report on the use of ice as an anaesthetic in a Russian hospital was awarded the Prix du Press Club de France at the International Scoop & News Festival of Angers, France. The same story, together with a report on the Russian economy, won James a Silver Medal at the 35th Annual Film & Television Festival of New York. In the same year, his coverage of the refugee crisis in former Yugoslavia won Silver.

Other ITV News editors include Tom Bradby, Politics; Bill Neely, International; Keir Simmons, UK; Laura Kuenssberg, Business; Richard Edgar, Economics; Chris Choi, Consumer; Steve Scott, Sport; and Lawrence McGinty, Science & Medical.

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