Current affairs on ITV cover a broad range of issues and include many differing styles and sub-genres within it. In the widest sense we're interested in the stories and ideas that graphically illustrate what is going on 'out there' - among our audience. Yes that includes the social, the political and the economic but it is fundamentally about the way we live our lives and the issues and challenges that face us in the every day world.
Most important of all we look for stories, strong narratives based firmly around people at the heart of events. Access can be an important element in any coverage but it has to be access with a point, access that drives a narrative and tells a powerful tale.
Most of our commissions are firmly rooted in UK-based stories but we have commissioned and will continue to commission overseas stories remembering all the time that this is ITV and whatever we do has to resonate with and be relevant to our audience.
Three series sit at the heart of ITV's current affairs schedule.
The weekly Tonight is Britain's most-watched current affairs programme and leads with an agenda of domestic stories and issues, the things that count most of all to our audience. Exposure is the investigative strand which recently ran The Other Side of Jimmy Savile - probably the most talked-about programme of 2012 - and Banaz: An Honour Killing, both of which were shortlisted for RTS awards. The Agenda, the topical panel show hosted by Tom Bradby, completes the trio.
Range is one of the keys to ITV's current affairs. So, the core schedule is supported by returning series such as The Briefs, Fraud Squad, and - from 2012 - The Martin Lewis Money Show and complemented with new, short series such as The Hunt for Britain's Con Men and Married to the Job, both coming into the schedule for the first time this year.
Throughout the year there will also be a number of single films. These could be tied to significant events, fast-turnaround reactive pieces or long-planned 'event' shows.
We commission throughout the year and are always particularly interested in stand-out ideas for Exposure and ideas that have the strength to make it into short, possibly two-part, current affairs series.
We are very open to offers and suggestions and while always excited by ideas that have real form and clarity we are also happy to work with you on the germ of an idea that has promise. We will, above all, give you the quickest feedback we can and can be contacted on CurrentAffairs.Commissioning@ITV.com.
Please note we only accept submissions from production companies.