ITV has appointed Derval Fitzsimons to replace Jim Buchanan as
editor of its home news content. Fitzsimons is currently editor of IRN,
the radio news business 20 per cent owned by ITN. She has been in the
role since June 1996.
In her new role, Fitzsimons will focus on the build up to the general
election. ’Consumer issues and health stories are also of broad
interest, and there is a growing thirst for show business and sports
news,’ she said.
Fitzsimons began her career on the Belfast Telegraph and worked for
Belfast’s leading commercial radio station, Downtown Radio, during the
height of the troubles. She joined ITN in 1990 and worked on ITV’s News
at Ten for a year. She was the youngest and first female editor at
Her departure follows that of Stuart Thomas, IRN’s news editor, for
ITN-owned station LBC (PR Week, 26 May). Buchanan has moved within ITN,
which produces ITV’s news, to become head of ITN Core News, its