MEDIA: Pullman to leave Granada for ITN

Granada’s head of news and current affairs, John Pullman, is leaving to edit ITV’s lunchtime news.

Granada’s head of news and current affairs, John Pullman, is

leaving to edit ITV’s lunchtime news.



Pullman will join ITN, which provides the ITV news, after more than

three years at Granada.



During his tenure, Granada’s flagship current affairs show Granada

Tonight was named best regional news programme for the North West by the

Royal Television Society in 1999.



Pullman’s career has already included a spell at ITN. He was home news

editor between 1993 and 1995, and then moved to Yorkshire Television to

edit its local news show, Calendar. He joins ITN in August, replacing

Cathy Jacobs as editor of the ITV lunchtime news. Jacobs is returning to

her native Australia.



Pullman said he hoped to introduce more health stories and make more use

of the presenters, sending them out on location to cover the big stories

and introducing more live elements. ’Kirsty Young and John Suchet are

some of the strongest names in TV news, and we can probably make more of

that,’ said Pullman.



He also intends to increase the story count.





- ITN has poached Sky News political correspondent John Ray to cover

politics for its 24- hour service ITN News Channel, which launches on 1

August. Ray joined Sky in 1997 from Westcountry Television, where he was

political editor for five years.



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