ITN, the company behind ITV News, Channel 4 News and Channel 5 News, has appointed Christy Swords as its new chairman of the board.
Swords, ITVâ€™s director for finance and operations, joined the board of directors as ITVâ€™s representative in September last year. He replaces Geert Linnebank as chairman.
Finding a new ITN chief executive to replace John Hardie, who will step down later this year after nine years in charge, will be one of Christyâ€™s first priorities.
Linnebank, who served as chairman for three years, said: â€œIt has been an honour to chair ITNâ€™s board as it has evolved into a truly world class production company. The business has gone from strength to strength, with the foundations laid for sustained long-term growth.â€�
Swords said: â€œThe Boardâ€™s clear priority is to appoint a new chief executive. I look forward to working with the whole Board on moving that process forward.
â€œITN has made significant progress over recent years both as the UKâ€™s leading commercial news supplier and a substantial UK and international producer.
â€œThere are strong foundations to build upon for ITNâ€™s next chapter.â€�
ITN chief executive John Hardie said: â€œChristy is becoming chairman at an exciting moment in ITNâ€™s modern history. The company is in great health, producing more diverse content, to international acclaim, for a wider range of clients than ever before.
â€œThe future is very bright and I look forward to working with Christy on the smooth transition to a new chief executive.â€�
ITN has four shareholders: ITV (40 per cent), Daily Mail and General Trust (20 per cent), Reuters (20 per cent) and Informa (20 per cent).
Source: Digital Journalism