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Deputy News Editor x2, ITV News – ITN – London

Company: ITN

Address: London

  • Full Time



Planning ITV News stories and deployments for the next day and further ahead, making editorial and logistical judgements and assigning resources in line with the ITV News agenda. Producing in the field across a variety of pre-planned and on the day stories.



  • Working on the planning desk looking at the following day and further ahead to drive and shape the news agenda for ITV News bulletins
  • Identify and pursue stories for future coverage when on planning
  • To effectively prioritise, and target planning time and resources at stories with a high chance of making air, focusing particularly on setting up material so that the on-the-day news editor is well furnished with any elements which can better be achieved ahead of transmission date
  • Writing a clear and concise handover to the incoming news editor, ensuring that all relevant details of stories and assignments are included
  • Presenting a draft list of stories for consideration to the daily or weekly look ahead meetings, with a premium on distinctive coverage ideas and storylines, rather than simply a news diary
  • Brief and deploy reporters, correspondents and producers to cover necessary stories
  • Manage the compilation of stories
  • Manage the contacts relating to individual stories
  • Plan and manage a variety of special projects
  • Make informed legal and health and safety judgements
  • Ensuring ITV News’ commitment to diversity consistently represents a large range of views and communities
  • Coming up with creative treatments for ITV News content that work across our broadcast and digital platforms
  • Close collaboration with the ITV News digital team to ensure their requests are communicated to the team in the field as well as the newsdesk
  • Set realistic but challenging objectives for reporters covering stories
  • Ensure arrangements are in place to deliver material safely and swiftly to GIR for transmission
  • Support ITN’s responsibilities to the rest of ITV, external clients and other broadcasting/media organisations. In particular, taking account of the needs of those services when planning deployments of journalists and technical teams


  • Researching, setting up and producing diaried stories
  • Reacting to the on the day news agenda to chase and set up key elements for all ITV News platforms
  • Producing in the field across a range of planned stories as well as breaking news across the UK and abroad
  • To work closely with reporters to produce packages of the highest quality
  • Work on location to find the best angles/elements for ITV News coverage
  • Carry out research, interviews, and filming to provide the required material
  • To ensure location material is delivered safely and in good time for transmission
  • Research stories for the best elements, lines, and angles
  • Commission interviews or picture sequences
  • Research, select, and edit archive material

This Job Description identifies the main requirements of the role. It is not an exhaustive list of duties but is intended to reflect the nature, range, and context of the work, which will change over time.


  • Ability to prioritise tasks and story coverage
  • The ability to manage a wide range of tasks whilst prioritising key stories
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent journalistic judgement, contacts and flair for identifying stories
  • Excellent research skills as well as thorough and detail-conscious planning skills
  • Understanding of the elements needed to make up distinctive ITV News packages
  • Ability to deal with teams in the field in the UK and abroad
  • Understanding of how ITV is structured and the infrastructure which supports this
  • Responsible and decisive approach
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • People leadership
  • Excellent knowledge of all newsgathering infrastructure across TV and online strategies
  • Good knowledge of Ofcom regulations and the ITN compliance manual
  • Awareness of Health and Safety requirements
  • Awareness and understanding of the financial implications of all decision making
  • An understanding of One ITV and the ITV Regions
  • An understanding of the ITV News digital strategy
  • An understanding of ITV News’ commitment to diversity in its coverage

Our people are at the heart of everything we do at ITN. It’s vital that our workforce reflects the diversity of both our audience and the wider society in the UK, so we’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and we actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds and communities. We also recognise the importance of a good work life balance, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including part-time and job shares for all our roles. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process if this is something you want to explore.

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