MEDIA: ITN restructures top roles

ITN has restructured the senior editorial team responsible for producing ITV News, following the appointment of David Mannion as editor of the service last month.

Deborah Turness is to return to ITN as deputy editor of ITV News, reporting to Mannion. Currently editor of Channel 4's breakfast show RI:SE, Turness will have responsibility for daily news programmes on ITV1. She was previously deputy editor of 5 News for Channel 5 and head of core news for ITN, providing bulletin material for ITV, Channel 5 and ITN News Channel.

In her new role she will also oversee the ITV News website. Turness replaces Robin Elias, who is to become managing editor.

Part of Elias's new remit is responsibility for news programmes on ITV1 and ITV News Channel, in addition to planning and running coverage of major 'fixed' events, such as general elections.

Jonathan Munro, former head of newsgathering, has been promoted to assistant editor, newsgathering. He will continue to run ITV News' newsgathering operation, but in addition will work closely with Turness on all editorial matters.

Angela Friar has taken the role of head of foreign news and international relations, a position that was previously combined with that of managing editor. Friar will be responsible for ITV News' international news coverage as well as managing all overseas bureaux.

Derval Fitzsimons, who has been head of home news for two years, will continue to be responsible for domestic newsgathering and for managing domestic input teams and UK bureaux.

The management changes were triggered by the departure after seven years of Nigel Dacre as editor of ITN news programmes on ITV.

He left last month. ITN editor-in-chief Richard Tait has also retired.

Mannion, who had been working as editor of ITV1's current affairs show Tonight with Trevor McDonald, was ITV News editor before Dacre.

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