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UK Editor, ITV News – ITN – London

Company: ITN

Address: London

  • Full Time


To lead coverage on the most important stories facing all parts of the UK from the home affairs and social affairs briefs. The role will require the individual to deliver high class coverage across all areas of ITV News output with well scripted packages, sharp live analysis and written articles which make an impact.
The UK Editor will identify and prioritise stories for all ITV News platforms to deliver distinctive journalism across all areas of the brief. These areas would include, but not be limited to, home affairs, crime, law and order, social affairs, and welfare. The successful candidate would also be expected to help lead coverage on issues of huge national significance such as the Coronavirus pandemic.
The UK Editor will seek to help maintain and progress ITV News’ commitment to diverse coverage by producing stories across all communities and regions of the UK including issues and sections of society which have been traditionally under-represented.
Breaking exclusive lines and delivering original stories would be a key demand of the role and a demonstration of this in the successful candidate’s career to date is required. These stories would help enhance and cement ITV News’ reputation for delivering agenda setting journalism.


  • To provide excellent well scripted and crafted packages across a wide range of areas on breaking news, diary stories and original journalism
  • To add high quality analysis and context to the key issues effecting the fabric of modern British society at all levels
  • To build and maintain high profile contacts and use these to break stories
  • To lead and develop relationships with external bodies, such as relevant government departments, agencies, police forces etc.
  • To work closely with the Head of Newsgathering, Head of Home News, Planning team, Investigations News Editor to identify and shape stories of significance
  • To work closely with the Head of Digital and digital team to lead and deliver distinctive and impactful digital coverage across the brief
  • To develop new areas of digital coverage to help attract and retain new audiences
  • To identify and break exclusive and agenda setting off-diary stories
  • To help maintain and enhance ITV News’ commitment to diverse coverage by developing contacts and leading coverage across all communities and regions of the UK
  • To keep all relevant colleagues briefed as necessary on storylines and developments, including Programme Editors, Producers, Managers and Presenters
  • To provide assistance and guidance as required to all ITN’s corporate partners, including ITV outlets.
  • To maintain and foster close working ties with relevant colleagues, such as the Westminster team, in order to ensure co-ordinated coverage

These are the main requirements of the role and is not an exhaustive list of duties. It is intended to reflect the nature, range, and context of the work, which will change over time.


  • Extensive proven track record breaking distinctive and original news stories
  • Varied experience of network TV reporting
  • Excellent packaging skills
  • Ability to edit material in high pressure environments
  • Exceptional on-air delivery and high class live analysis
  • Proven history of using social media and digital platforms to break, develop and drive stories
  • Original thinking and development of breaking stories
  • Creative ideas for use of graphics, picture sequences and video treatment
  • Ability to be as comfortable editing and working in the field as delivering lives in the studio.
  • Detailed knowledge of Ofcom regulations and the ITN compliance manual leading to ability to make informed legal judgements
  • Awareness of Health and Safety requirements as well as ability to make dynamic risk assessments
  • Awareness and understanding of the financial implications of all decision making
  • Excellent ability to both work on your own as well as in teams of all sizes, including being able to lead teams on coverage of major significance
  • Proven ability to communicate and build relationships across all sections of society from relevant Gov’t departments through to key contributors to our stories from members of the public

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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