MEDIA: Rumsey to edit Central News South

Central News, the Carlton broadcasting operation that takes in

cities as far afield as Nottingham, Birmingham, Oxford and Swindon, has

appointed a new editor for its southern region.



Ian Rumsey will replace Phil Carrodus on 2 January. Carrodus is moving

within the Carlton network to become news editor of West Country

Live.



Rumsey's brief at Central News South makes him head of the newsroom.



A senior editor will put out the programme day to day.



Based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, Rumsey's patch stretches via Milton

Keynes and Oxford, west to Gloucester, Cheltenham and Hereford.



He said there would be challenges in getting to know the region in the

early days of 2002. 'It is not London; some things will be more

important and some things less. But there is no great mystery to good

journalism and TV news - court stories, features, consumer pieces,

investigations are the same the world over.'



Rumsey will also be looking for sports stories outside mainstream

interests, he said.



Programme editor of Carlton's London Tonight since 1996, Rumsey is

currently responsible for producing the flagship news show on his own

each day.



He has also been deputy head of news for London News Network for the

last two years.



Rumsey said he expects to develop close links with the editors of

Central News East, in the Nottingham area, and Central News West, which

includes Birmingham.



In July, Dan Barton moved from Nottingham to Birmingham before

relaunching the operation in the autumn. He was replaced in Nottingham

by Mike Blair.



Laurie Upshon, controller of news and operations for the entire Central

region, is responsible for all three areas.



Carlton said Central News as a whole constitutes the most-watched ITV

regional programming area.



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