UTV appoints new News Editor for Northern Ireland ITV

Darwin Templeton has joined the ITV broadcaster in Northern Ireland, UTV, as Executive Editor of News.

“I am delighted to once again be working within UTV’s very strong news team. As well as being the most watched news by far in Northern Ireland, UTV Live’s ratings are almost double that of the ITV Network regional news average. My challenge is to maintain and build upon that success in the coming months on all platforms.” – Darwin Templeton

In his new role Darwin will have overall responsibility for UTV’s news output across television, radio and online in the region. The independent of ITVplc broadcaster, one of only a handful of ‘ITV regions’ which continue to remain independent, offers UTV Live at 6pm in line with the rest of the UK but also, like fellow independent Channel 3 broadcaster STV in Scotland, offer an extended late evening regional news magazine series UTV Tonight.

UTV also provides the morning Northern Ireland newslines in the country for Daybreak, as well as a number of UTV News headline slots across the daytime and weekend schedules. UTV and its regional output goes against the network ITV mantra that ‘regional ITV is dead’ with some of the news slots and programming performing well in the Northern Ireland ratings, with some of the primetime 7.30pm output even beating BBC One’s EastEnders in the area.

“So far this year, UTV Live has produced some very strong programmes backed up with excellent viewing figures in excess of 200,000 viewers and we hope to continue this trend throughout the year.” – Darwin Templeton

Darwin has 21 years experience in journalism having previously worked as editor of The News Letter, editor of UTV’s current affairs programme Insight, and as a senior reporter with both UTV and the Belfast Telegraph.

UTV began broadcasting in 1959 as Ulster Television in an era when ITV, as Independent Television, was made up of local companies all operating their own ITV output, mixed with an evening schedule of primetime networked programming such as Emergency Ward 10, This Is Your Life, Double Your Money and later Coronation Street.

“Darwin has a proven track record in programme-making, journalism and editorial leadership and as UTV continues to invest in new channels, I am delighted he has returned to the UTV newsroom and will be responsible for both ensuring the high quality of our news output and for driving our news content forward on all platforms.” – Michael Wilson, Managing Director, UTV

A Ulster Television regional classic: The Gordon Burns Hour.