NBC News International president Deborah Turness is joining UK producer ITN as chief executive officer.
Turness (pictured) replaces Anna Mallett, who is set to join Netflix as VP of physical production for the UK and local language across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific.
Mallet joined as CEO in 2018 from BBC Studios. In her tenure, the executive has overseen the development of a new strategy and culture and led ITN through the pandemic.
Turness takes up her role April 19.
The executive became the first president of NBC News’ global arm in 2017 and is responsible for overseeing its operations including editorial, production and commercial.
Her role also included running the long-form production division Peacock Productions and launching NBC News’ Strategic Content Operations.
She joined NBC News in 2013, becoming the first woman in U.S. history to be president of a network news division. There, she was responsible for all editorial content and commercial revenue for the company and its brands including Today, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Meet the Press and Dateline.
Prior to NBC News, Turness was editor of ITV News, where she was the UK’s first female editor of a network news operation and the company’s youngest-ever editor. She was appointed as ITV News deputy editor in 2002 and then made editor in 2004.
Turness first joined ITN as a freelancer while on a postgraduate journalism course in France.
Over the following years, she worked across the foreign, home and planning desks before joining the North of England bureau. Deborah was ITN’s Washington Bureau producer during the Clinton White House years and spent time in Bosnia during the Balkans War.
In 1997, she played a key role in launching 5 News before moving to Channel 4 as editor of its breakfast programme, RI:SE.
Turness said in a statement: “ITN was my home for most of my career, so I feel privileged and proud to be returning as CEO. ITN’s role in public life has never been more critical, with the pandemic demonstrating why its reputation for quality, trusted news content is second to none. I’m excited to capture the growth in streaming platforms who are hungry for ITN’s high-quality factual content, as well as creative expertise across sports, virtual events and advertising. At a moment of so much change, challenge and opportunity, I look forward to leading a brand I believe in, and a talented team of people, whose values are so dear to my heart.”
ITN’s clients include ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Netflix, Discovery and CBS.