She said she has quit to be an independent consultant, working for ITV a few days a month.
Howson joined the ITV Network Centre as corporate affairs director and was one of the three Carlton and Granada PROs tipped for the top comms role at ITV Plc, the media giant formed earlier this year by the merger of Carlton Communications and Granada.
Former Granada director of comms Susan Donovan and ex-Carlton director of corporate affairs Peter Rushton – now Mersey Fire and Rescue Service director of comms – were also linked to the ITV Plc group director of comms job, which went to former Dow Jones International head of comms Brigitte Trafford (PRWeek, 23 April).
Howson’s responsibilities around the corporate aspects of ITV’s broadcasting business are to pass to a new director of corporate affairs, who Trafford will appoint as her deputy in the next few weeks.
Howson’s other duties will pass to her deputy, ITV Broadcasting comms controller Ruth Settle, ITV controller of programme publicity south Zoe McIntyre and controller of programme publicity north Sallie Ryle.
Separately, ITV has hired Penny Lawson, a consultant for the Metropolitan Police’s department of information, as head of internal comms.