MEDIA: ITV upgrades its media coverage

ITN is to boost its media and arts coverage on ITV News with the appointment of a new full-time correspondent.

ITN is to boost its media and arts coverage on ITV News with the appointment of a new full-time correspondent.

Katie Derham, who holds the post at present in addition to her newscasting responsibilities, will be increasing the amount of newsreading she does from the beginning of next year.

Although Derham will still be involved in reporting media news, her more studio-based role will leave her even less time in the specialist brief.

'She has been in the dual role for a while and will have more newscasting commitments,' a spokeswoman said. 'So it doesn't necessarily mean the (media and arts) output will be doubled.'

However, the new appointment does represent an increase in resources, she said. 'It means there is someone to cover media stories when Katie is not available,' she said.

Reporting to Nigel Dacre, editor of ITV News, the media and arts correspondent's brief will remain the same as before, covering film and entertainment news as well as more general media stories, including festivals and exhibitions.

ITN is also seeking a new medical correspondent. It is not known whether Sue Saville, who is currently described by ITN as being 'on attachment' to the role, is set to return to general news duties or will be in line to take up the position.

The post is part of science editor Lawrence McGinty's team, which covers health and the environment as part of the science brief. Ultimately the post-holder will also report to Dacre.

Although no timetable has been set for the appointments, the two new correspondents will work across all ITN programmes for ITV, including the news at 12.30pm, 6.30pm and 11pm.

Medical, arts and media coverage for Channels 4 and 5 is provided separately by ITN.



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