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Newsnight departures continue as deputy editor heads to ITV News

Newsnight deputy editor Becky Emmett is joining ITV News amid the BBC’s overhaul of the flagship news programme which is expected to cut around half of the 60 or so jobs on the show.

Emmett has been acting as Newsnight’s co-editor alongside fellow deputy Rosie Seed following the recent departure of editor Stewart Maclean, but will shortly be head of ITVX for ITV News.

She will oversee the news offering on ITV’s streaming service, encompassing its editorial strategy, the live streaming of major events, and commissioning original content.

Emmett said: “I’m so excited to be returning to ITV News where I began by career as a trainee at ITV Central. I have long admired ITV’s commitment to original journalism and innovation and I am looking forward to helping grow the news offering on ITVX in this important election year.”

Heading in the other direction, Emmett replaces Chris Achilleos at ITVX. He joined BBC News as executive news editor last month, overseeing growth across BBC iPlayer, BBC News live pages and on

Emmett will join ITV in July, with ITVX content editor Hattie Hamilton heading up the platform for ITV News until then. The ITV move brings Emmett one step closer to a full house of terrestrial UK news providers. She previously spent around a decade at Channel 4 News, including serving as head of home news between 2021 and 2023, when the channel moved many of its news operations to its new Leeds studio.

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