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ITV’s Jane Beacon, Clare Ely to serve as joint heads of daytime

British commercial broadcaster ITV has cemented its top line structure following the promotions of experienced daytime commissioning editors Jane Beacon and Clare Ely. Beacon (pictured, right) and Ely (left) have been ...
January 17, 2018

British commercial broadcaster ITV has cemented its top line structure following the promotions of experienced daytime commissioning editors Jane Beacon and Clare Ely.

Beacon (pictured, right) and Ely (left) have been appointed to share the lead of daytime duties on ITV’s commissioning team. The pair had previously been filling the role on an interim basis following Helen Warner’s departure from the UK network late last year to focus on a new career path.

Both Beacon and Ely joined ITV’s commissioning team in 2014 as dual daytime commissioning editors and have gone on to successfully launch a series of programs including Good Morning Britain, Judge Rinder, James Martin’s Adventure and Tenable.

The twosome has also overseen peak versions of daytime shows including Celebrity Chase, Family Chase, Tipping Point Lucky Stars, Judge Rinder’s Crime Stories and James Martin’s French Adventure.

Prior to boarding the ITV commissioning department, Beacon was executive producer on Dancing on Ice. Further production credits include Hell’s Kitchen, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, Celebrity Fame Academy, and the Real Crime docuseries for ITV.

Ely, meanwhile, had previously produced a range of daytime and factual series including This Morning, Loose Women and ITV’s Real Crime. Prior to this, she was head of development and executive producer for Shiver, a subsidiary of ITV Studios and one of the largest producers of fact-ent in the UK.

“Jane and Clare are extremely experienced, capable and creative commissioners who have a real love of daytime TV,” said director of television Kevin Lygo in a statement. “They have almost 50 years of TV production experience between them and they work brilliantly together. They are the best people for this role and I am delighted that they are stepping up to join the senior team in ITV commissioning.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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