Channel 4 and ITV news producer ITN's revenues jump in 2016 as journalists take on EU referendum, terrorist attacks and Donald Trump election

 
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ITN makes Channel 4 News (pictured), ITV News and 5 News (Source: Getty)

TV production company ITN today reported an eight per cent jump in revenues for 2016, a year in which its journalists and presenters contended with numerous dramatic news stories.

ITN’s broadcast news division’s turnover was up one per cent to £86.8m in a year Donald Trump was elected, terrorists attacked European cities and the UK voted for Brexit.

ITN chief executive John Hardie told City A.M. Brexit had proven a double-edged sword for ITN, which makes Channel 4 News, ITV News and 5 News.

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“It’s swings and roundabouts,” he said. “Because we’ve been generally recognised to be better at covering those events than our competitors – the BBC and elsewhere – all our boats have risen. So the audience share of all three ITV programmes, of Channel 4 News and of all other news [programmes] are all up in 2016 and continue to be ahead in 2017.”

He added:

Our broadcast news division has been... strong in both the audience-performance side as well as from a business performance side, in terms of profit and revenue.

But clearly, like for others, Brexit, the fall of the UK sterling, means our foreign news gathering efforts are a bit more expensive than they used to be.

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ITN reported a total turnover of £129.7m, up from £119.7m. The company is aiming to reach revenues of £180m by 2020.

The company’s operating profit on ordinary activities was reported at £7.1m for 2016, up three per cent, and pre-tax profit was flat at £2.8m.

ITN Productions, which comprises production for TV, advertising, sports and digital, reported revenues of £42.9m, up 26 per cent. It now contributes 33 per cent of the company’s turnover, up from 29 per cent in 2015.

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