ITV News editor Deborah Turness to leave

Deborah Turness has been Editor of ITV News since 2004. Credit: ITV News

ITV News Editor Deborah Turness is to leave the company to take up the position of President of NBC News in New York.

Deborah was the first female Editor of ITV News, as well as the youngest, when she was appointed in 2004.

She presided over a series of world exclusives including the arrest of the attempted London 21/7 bomb plotters, the leaked report on the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, breaking news lines on the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal and the interview of Prince William and Kate Middleton on their engagement.

ITV's Director of News and Current Affairs, Michael Jermey, has paid tribute to Deborah's success:

Deborah will remain at ITV News until July, and ITN (which produces ITV News) and ITV will work together to find her successor.

She said it has been "a huge privilege":

ITN chief executive John Hardie also praised Deborah's time in charge: