MEDIA: Channel 5 push towards 'intelligent' news

ITN's Channel 5 News programme is to be re-positioned with a harder news edge following two key appointments and changes at the channel.

Adrian Monck, an ex-News at Ten producer, has moved from managing editor to deputy editor and Gay Flashman, currently programme editor at Channel 4's RI:SE breakfast programme, is to join as managing editor.

Monck, who took up his position last month, said: 'The show is going to be refocusing more on the journalistic side. Recently we have been innovating in presentation and storytelling - now we want to back that up with some really strong news stories. People want the same accessibility brought to complicated news stories.'

As an example Monck said the channel had sent Martin Bell to Malawi for a piece next week and that there were also reports on their way from Cambodia and Sierra Leone.

Monck said the changes mirrored those at the channel itself this year under new director of programmes Kevin Lygo.

'I think there is more space for popular and intelligent journalism, along the lines that The Guardian and maybe even The Mirror has shown,' he added.

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