ITV to add seven comms staff

ITV has restructured its comms team, adding seven new senior positions and rec­ruiting one of Tessa Jowell's former advisers.

Settle: corporate comms chief
Settle: corporate comms chief

The broadcaster has dec­ided not to fill outgoing dir­ector of corporate affairs Jim Godfrey's role when he leaves at the end of March to start his own agency (PRWeek, 24 January ).

Ins­tead, director of channels and commercial comms Ruth Settle will ass­ume the role of director of corporate comms.

Four new heads of press will report to Settle, covering separately ITV's channels, financial and commercial, consumer, and global content businesses.

ITV is still recruiting for these positions, and said it was ‘in active discussions with a number of senior PROs'. Announcements are expected next week.

The broadcaster has also recruited a well-known pol­itical adviser to the new role of director of public affairs.

Nigel Warner moves to ITV from his role as special adviser to Tessa Jowell, in both the Department for Culture Media and Sport and the Cabinet Office.

Warner is a former director at public aff­airs firm Lexington Communications, and a one-time adv­iser to Mo Mowlam (PRWeek, 5 October 2006 ).

He was Mowlam's aide during her time as Northern Ireland Secretary and her spell at the Cabinet Office.

Both Settle and Warner will report to group director of corporate affairs Mark Gallagher, who said the res­tructure would give the broadcaster ‘increased firepower' in its comms team.

‘It gives us greater res­ources to ensure we get our message across and communicate the important changes Michael Grade and the exe­cutive team are making at ITV,' he added.

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