Steve Anderson in negotiations

Steve Anderson, ITV’s controller of news, current affairs, arts and religious programming, is in negotiations to remain with the network after he decided not to go for the role of editor-in-chief of ITV News, writes Wale Azeez.

Anderson, who has been at ITV for six years, refused to apply for the job to oversee both the network’s national and regional news output. The role would mean reporting to the director of the ITV News Group, Clive Jones.

A source at ITV confirmed that Anderson was in discussions with the network with a view to carrying on his non-news commissioning duties.

His refusal to apply for the editor-in-chief post has prompted speculation within the industry that he is not in agreement with the network’s plans to overhaul the news operation, particularly in terms of further cuts to resources.

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