ITV News appoints Allegra Stratton as National Editor

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ITV News has announced changes to its team of experts with the newly-created role of National Editor being filled by BBC Newsnight’s Political Editor Allegra Stratton.

Allegra will work across all programmes comprising ITV News’ output, with frequent appearances on News at Ten. She will provide insight and in-depth analysis of the domestic and policy issues that matter to viewers. Allegra will take up the role in the New Year alongside ITV News’ award-winning team of specialists, including recently appointed Political Editor Robert Peston.

“I am really thrilled to be joining ITV News at such an exciting time. The recent changes to News at Ten herald a new era in TV news. What the team is aiming to do is one of the most interesting developments in my industry for a generation and I look forward to playing my part in building on its success. It will be a pleasure and a privilege to work alongside such a strong team and I can’t wait to get started.” – Allegra Stratton

Starting out as a producer at the beeb, Allegra moved to The Guardian as its Political Correspondent. She co-presented the newspaper’s ‘Politics Weekly’ podcast and wrote a weekly column, ‘Inside Politics’, making her name by covering plots to oust Gordon Brown. She re-joined the BBC in February 2012 as Political Editor for Newsnight. Alongside her work in broadcasting, she has written for the Times, the Independent and the New Statesman and is the author of Muhajababes, the internationally-published examination of the youth dynamics of the Middle East.

Rohit Kachroo will move from his role of ITV News’ UK Editor to work alongside Allegra in the newly-created role of Security Editor, reporting on the increased security risks and heightened terror threat following the attacks in Paris and elsewhere.

“It’s a privilege to become ITV’s first ever Security Editor at a time when national and global security require so much of our attention. Working alongside an incredibly talented team, I aim to unearth untold stories and offer ITV News viewers clarity on one of the most important issues of our time.” – Rohit Kachroo

Since returning to the UK just over a year ago, Rohit has excelled in covering these key issues and his new role will give him the opportunity to be at the heart of this era-defining story.

“I’m absolutely delighted that Allegra will be joining our newsroom. She is a one of the most talented and knowledgeable journalists in the business, with a long and impressive track record. Allegra will work alongside Rohit Kachroo, who will become Security Editor, sharpening his brief to hone in on one of the biggest stories of the moment. This is a hugely exciting time for ITV News, and Allegra will contribute enormously to our strong roster of expert talent.” – Geoff Hill, Editor of ITV News

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