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After nearly 10 years in charge of ITV News, the new president of NBC News is expected to shake up the Us media scene

Not many television executives get their kicks away from the glare of the studio lights by going rally driving. But Deborah Turness, who once competed in the 33-day Paris to Peking off-road rally, is no ordinary industry suit. The first female editor of a network TV news operation in the UK when she was put in charge of ITV News nearly a decade ago, Turness has just repeated the feat in the Us where she was confirmed last month as the new president of NBC News.

"She has such energy and passion that you knew Deborah was in the room even if you couldn't see her. Her presence was so overwhelming," remembers former ITV News editor-in-chief David Mannion, who hired her to rejuvenate the channel's news bulletins. »

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