Nicholas Wheeler Leaves ITN
ITN today announces that Nicholas Wheeler, Managing Director of ITN On, is leaving the company.
His departure follows an internal restructure which sees the creation of new division ITN Productions to house all non-TV news programming-making activities - including multimedia arm ITN On - into a single production hub.
Nicholas has had a long and successful career at ITN spanning 14 years, having joined as Chief Editor of IRN in 1995 from Capital Radio.
During this time, he has been responsible for an enormous contribution to the growth and development of the business. He was immediately engaged on setting up London's first rolling news format News Direct 97.3FM and moving the station to ITN's Gray's Inn Road HQ.
When News Direct and LBC were sold in 2002, he started a new career with ITN in mobile and launched the first ever video news service on mobile operator 3.
For the past seven years, he's been at the helm of digital content division ITN On, helping to transform it into one of the world's leading producers of short-form news, entertainment and lifestyle content.
Along the way, he has created partnerships with some of the biggest brands in the business, including Yahoo, MSN, Vodafone, 02, and Virgin Media, publishers such as the Telegraph Media Group and the Mail, as well as airlines such as Emirates.
Nicholas Wheeler said: 'ITN has given me two great opportunities - to run speech radio stations and to build a multimedia business. I am very grateful to them for that. It is never easy to choose a time to move on but I feel things are in great shape and the move to ITN Productions provides an ideal chance for someone else to drive the new unit on.
'None of this would have been possible without the fantastic teams that I have worked in On and in radio. I would like to pay particular thanks to them for their passion, energy and willingness to succeed. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at ITN and will be sad to leave but I am looking forward to pursuing new challenges and wish ITN every success with the new business.'
John Hardie, Chief Executive Officer of ITN, said: 'Nicholas has been a huge help to me since I joined last June. His energy and enthusiasm have been crucial to the division that he has run and I know that like me, his staff will be sad to see him leave.
'I would like to thank him for his dedication and leadership of the business and for managing such a smooth transition during our restructuring. On behalf of everyone here, I wish him all the very best for the future.'
Prior to working at ITN, Nicholas was at Capital FM where he launched the award-winning news programme The Way It is before being appointed Programme Controller. He left with two Sony Awards for Best News Programme and Best Breakfast Show. He previously worked for the BBC and several newspapers.