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ITN Productions founder Chris Shaw is stepping down after 25 years with parent company ITN.

Shaw first joined ITN in 1985 and became an ITV News producer, later amassing credits include ITV News at Ten programme editor, where he relaunched Trevor MacDonald as anchor; introducing news to Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast; and launching Channel 5’s more informal news programme with Kirsty Young.

He left twice - first to launch Sky News, and as C5’s commissioning editor for news, current affairs and documentaries, where he ordered the likes of The Wright Stuff and Police Interceptors

He set up ITN Factual, the forerunner to ITN Productions, and has steered the latter since 2010, putting it on the map with acclaimed docs from Children on the Frontline and Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields to The Queen’s Green Planet with Sir David Attenborough and ITV’s recent royal coup Harry: the Interview.

Shaw has been ITN editorial director since 2018 and has also chaired the Edinburgh International Television Festival and was a patron of Sheffield Doc/Fest for eight years.

He leaves ITN in March to pursue “new artistic challenges and media interests”.

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