ITN has confirmed the appointment of Anna Mallett as its new Chief Executive Officer. She joins from BBC Studios, where she is Group Chief Operating Officer and MD, Production.
Mallett joins ITN in a period of sustained business growth over the last ten years, during which the company has built on its traditional base of high-quality broadcast news to diversify into television production, advertising, sports and corporate content. Its clients include ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, the BBC and Sky in the UK, as well as international broadcasters such as Netflix, Discovery and CBS.
Mallett replaces John Hardie, who will leave at the end of 2018, having earlier this year announced his decision to step down from ITN after almost a decade leading the company.
Mallett will take up her new role in 2019, with Chief Financial Officer Bryan Martin and ITN Productions Editorial Director Chris Shaw assuming the respective roles of Acting CEO and Acting Editor-in-Chief in the interim.
Commenting on her appointment, Mallett said: “I am very honoured to be appointed CEO of ITN. Having spent over a decade at the BBC, I have a profound belief in the importance of high quality news to all of us, and a huge respect for the journalists, crew and production teams whose curiosity and craft lies behind ITN’s reputation. And the success and diversification of ITN’s award-winning production arm also means there is now a further strong platform for future growth. At a time of immense change in all parts of the media, I am excited about leading the ITN team on the next chapter in an already impressive history.”