NBC News this morning named ITV News’ international editor Bill Neely as its new Chief Global Correspondent, based in London. The hire reunites Neely with NBC News president Deborah Turness, who was formerly editor of ITV News from ’04-13. You’ve already seen Neely appear with some regularity on NBC News, through the news division’s partnership with ITN. Neely, who has spent more than two decades with ITV, will cover major international news and events for all of NBC News’ broadcasts and digital platforms. Neely previously served as ITV News Washington Correspondent for six years, covering five of the last six presidential elections, as well as the Oklahoma City bombings, the Atlanta Olympics, and superstorm Sandy.
In a memo to NBC News staff, Turness called Neely “one of the greatest television journalists of this generation” and “the kind of journalist who competitors don’t want to see turn up on a story,” adding, “I’m delighted that from now on he will be on our team.”
Neely has served as ITV News International Editor for the last eleven years.