Coronavirus: How the ITV Channel TV team have changed the way they work

ITV is a public service broadcaster and we’re proud to be delivering our programmes and online news service at a time when trusted and impartial news is more important than ever before.

Like many other organisations, we’ve had to adapt how we work to ensure we get the balance right between staying on-air and online, looking after our staff and observing the social distancing advice.

Both Governments in Jersey and Guernsey have designated ITV Channel staff as key workers – as a public service broadcaster they see us as essential to getting announcements, messages and decisions out to the public quickly and accurately. That’s why we’re still at work when other businesses have been asked to close. That’s why you’ll occasionally see our reporters and crew out and about as they continue to newsgather.

But we are doing so responsibly and have made many changes to the way we operate. On air you will see that our 6pm programme is now fronted by one presenter instead of two.

On air you will see that our 6pm programme is now fronted by one presenter instead of two. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Behind the scenes we’ve also made changes. Many of our reporters are now working from home, news gathering at their laptops and interviewing people using video calls.

Our talented editors are also working from home and we are using our technology to connect our teams as they work. Credit: ITV Channel TV
Reporter Gary Burgess going live into our programme from his living room at home. Credit: ITV Channel TV

We’re also asking contributors to film some footage for us especially where they are indoors and it is therefore easier and safer for them to do so. When we do meet people face to face or we are newsgathering outdoors, we’re respecting all the social distancing advice and wearing masks where we are advised to do so.

Reporter Charlotte Gay is based in Guernsey. Credit: ITV Channel TV
Sophie Dulson is one of our Jersey-based reporters. Credit: ITV Channel TV

We’ve also reduced the number of people we bring into our studio and newsroom to the absolute minimum each day - and those who are in, are social distancing.

These are difficult times for us all and I hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and well.

There are lots of ways for you to get in touch with the ITV Channel teams in Jersey and Guernsey - please continue to get in touch and tell us what’s happening in your communities: