ITN names Mohammed Akhlaq as CTO

ITN has appointed TRT’s former director of technical operations as its news chief technology officer.

Mohammed takes over from Bevan Gibson who is leaving the news provider after six years.

Mohammed has extensive experience in the broadcast technology field. He began his career in media at the BBC, working in post-production and engineering roles at Pebble Mill Studios before joining telecommunications company NTL as a Senior Broadcast Engineer. Mohammed then returned to the BBC, spending 10 years in senior technical and operations roles in both Bristol and London.

He joined Al Jazeera in 2012, first as Director of International Operations and Projects based in Doha, and then as Launch Director (Operations and Technology) for Al Jazeera America.

Anna Mallett, CEO of ITN, said: “”ITN has a long history of pioneering technical innovation, and Mohammed will bring real expertise, commercial nous and energy to this crucial role.”

Speaking of his new role Mohammed said: “I’m really excited to be joining ITN at such a pivotal time. Bevan and the team have done a phenomenal job, not least in how they’ve found solutions to the unique challenges presented by the global pandemic, and I’m looking forward to working with what is clearly a very talented and dedicated team.”

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