ITV has hired Simon Farnsworth as its new Chief Technology Officer, a post in which he’ll be responsible for overseeing the group-wide technology strategy as part of its digital transformation.
The broadcaster is working to become a ‘digital first’ company, a transformation which led to the launch of its new ITVX streaming service.
Farnsworth joins ITV from News UK where he holds the CTO role. He was previously CTO, Broadcast Technology and Operations at Warner Bros Discovery.
He’ll start at ITV in early 2024 and report into the Chief Financial Officer, Chris Kennedy.
Farnsworth commented: “I’m really excited to be joining ITV, an amazing brand at the forefront of both UK and global entertainment.
“As CTO I look forward to building and aligning a technology strategy that allows ITV to continue the momentum that it has built through its digital transformation and the launch of ITVX and working with the technology teams.”
ITV CEO Carolyn McCall said: “Technology is such a critical part of our company and key to ITV’s ongoing strategy and business objectives.
“The success of ITVX and Planet V, our programmatic video advertising platform, highlights the importance of technology for both our viewers and advertisers and Simon has a proven track record of delivering tech innovation and furthering its capabilities.
“We are really looking forward to working with him when he joins ITV to super-charge the next stage of our development in this area.”