ITN RE-APPOINTED TO PRODUCE 5 NEWS

ITN has won back the contract to produce Channel 5’s news programming for an initial three-year term beginning in early 2012.

The result of the competitive tender process means that 5 News returns to ITN, which originally launched the news service in 1997 and produced it until 2005. This follows an agreement between Sky and Northern & Shell to terminate their 5 News contract ahead of the original end date of December 2012.

The new contract will see ITN produce distinctive news programming across the day from a talented and dedicated team. At the heart of the new service will be a bespoke state-of-the-art newsroom and studio developed by ITN to house the latest graphics, technology and desktop editing facilities. The operation will be based at Channel 5’s headquarters and connect with ITN’s central infrastructure and protocols.

Alongside expertise from within ITN, staff will comprise the existing team producing 5 News, who have won acclaim from various quarters, including most recently a nomination for RTS Programme of the Year. A new editor will be appointed soon, following current editor David Kermode’s announcement in September he will be joining Daybreak. Full details of editorial focus will be released in due course.

“ITN broke new ground and changed the landscape of news broadcasting by launching 5 News back in 1997,” said John Hardie, CEO of ITN. “We are delighted to be working with Channel 5 again and we see the evolution of its news service as a major pillar of our output. This significant contract win reinforces ITN’s important role in the UK’s media landscape and reiterates our position as the pre-eminent producer of commercial television news.”

Jeff Ford, Director of Programming, Channel 5, commented: "Over the last six years, Sky News has provided a news service which has helped to place Channel 5 at the forefront of public service news distribution. As we enter our second year under new ownership and with recent boosts in ratings and overall audience share, we continue at pace as a competitive terrestrial broadcaster. Through this new deal with ITN, we have a partner which will help to take us into the next phase of our news distribution and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership."

This new deal is an extension of the already strong working relationship between ITN and Channel 5. The contract is in addition to the current commissions for ITN Productions from Channel 5, which include three significant announcements in 2011: observational documentary series Fairground Attractions, due to tx shortly, fast-turnaround documentary ‘Tsunami: British Search and Rescue’ about the disaster in Japan, and a contract to produce entertainment news bulletins 5* Access for 5* and Inside Hollywood for 5USA.