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ITV brings 'Daybreak' closer to news team

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Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles from Daybreak on ITV1.

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ITV has incorporated struggling breakfast show Daybreak more directly into its network news team as part of a major management restructure.

The broadcaster has also scrapped three regional news director posts and reshuffled its executive team in the wake of an announcement that ITV News editor-in-chief David Mannion is to step down this summer, moving to a new strategic role at ITV News producer ITN.

Under the new system, all regional news heads will report to Guy Phillips, director of ITV News group projects, who is becoming editor of ITV Regional News.

Two of the regional news directors affected are staying within ITV - Mike Blair, director of ITV Wales, Granada and Central, is becoming editor of current affairs. Neil Thompson, director of ITV Anglia, Yorkshire, Tyne Tees and Border, is shifting to managing editor of the ITV News "transformation programme".

Mike Southgate, the third regional director, who oversees ITV Meridian, London, West & West Country, will leave ITV at the end of April.

Also in the changes, Daybreak head of news Alan Rook is joining the ITV News management team. The breakfast show, presented by Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley, has struggled to find an audience since it took over from predecessor GMTV, and ITV last week admitted that the programme had "not performed as well as we had hoped".

Rook will now report jointly to Daybreak editor Ian Rumsey and Ian Squires, who has been promoted to controller of operations and current affairs at ITV News.

In a letter outlining the changes to staff, ITV director of news, current affairs and sport Mike Jermey said: "We'll be holding regular meetings with the Daybreak news team to discuss the output and to begin the process of developing a more closely co-operative model across the whole of ITV News."

ITV has also hired Sky News head of digital Julian March to take up the newly-created post of head of digital media at ITV News & Sport.

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