Top ITV boss to open Journalism Week in Leeds with talk on Lee Rigby murder

By Joseph Keith

Tim Singleton

Tim Singleton

The recently appointed Director of Newsgathering at ITV News Tim Singleton will lead a session on media coverage of the Woolwich killing when he opens Journalism Week on Monday.

Tim is an influential cog in the machine of news at ITN and he has a wealth of experience – which includes award-winning coverage of conflict around the globe – gained during his time as the Foreign Editor at ITN.

In an exclusive for journalismweek.co.uk, Tim said: “I’m really looking forward to returning to Journalism Week at Leeds Trinity this year. I’ll be kicking the week off on Monday with a session on the editorial decision-making process behind a big breaking story, based on ITV News’ award-winning coverage of the violent murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich.”

After studying History and International Politics at Leeds University, Tim began his career with Calendar at ITV Yorkshire.

He has covered a variety of major international stories, including the Indian earthquake and Boxing Day Tsunami. Produced by ITN, ITV News is a huge media organisation and has the second largest television news audience in the UK, behind BBC News.

Russell Truran, 26, postgraduate Journalism student at Leeds Trinity University, said: “It’s a great opportunity to hear first-hand from one of the best in the business.”

ITV News’ £43m annual budget is considerably less than the BBC’s £89.5m (plus another £23.1m for the BBC’s dedicated 24-hour news channel) but it still manages to keep up with the publicly funded news giant.

Leeds trinity journalism students say they’re looking forward to hearing what he has to say. Click here to listen to their interviews.

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