The head of news at ITV Central is to leave to go into PR.
Dan Barton, who has been with ITV for 10 years, is to leave in the New Year to become head of public relations and communications at Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
Barton, 46, has been head of news in the West Midlands for the past six years.
Previously he was editor of Central News in the East Midlands. Barton also worked in the regional press as deputy editor of The Birmingham Post and was also launch editor of Britain’s first regional TV service Birmingham L!VE.
Barton’s departure comes in the midst of dramatic changes to the ITV regional news landscape. The broadcaster announced that it was reducing its regional news programmes from 17 to 9, earlier this year.