The ITV News channel has appointed a trio of new editorial
executives in the form of Matt Walsh, Harry Gibson and Debora Gorbutt.
Rayner, who took over from Dominic Crossley-Holland as editor in June,
has promoted the trio in the first part of a series of changes.
previously assistant editor, will be Rayner’s deputy. Gibson will
become assistant editor, having previously been senior programme
editor, and Gorbutt, who was breakfast programme editor, will take over
from Gibson as senior programme editor.
Rayner said: “When I took
over at the news channel, I planned to get extra management cover which
would enable us to move forward. You can’t stay still in 24-hour news.
BBC and Sky, who I have the utmost respect for, are always developing
We want to keep doing new things and finding new
ways to tell the news. We have lots of plans that will be announced
later in the year.”
In July the channel’s reach was 8.8 million,
4.2 million behind Sky. The channel launched as the ITN News Channel in
2000, as a joint venture between ITN and NTL, but the news broadcaster
sold its 65 per cent stake to Carlton and Granada in June 2002. By
November 2003, the network rebranded the station as ITV News Channel.
It was revamped editorially in 2004.