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The UK’s Independent Television News (ITN) has appointed Getty Images as exclusive global distributor of its ITN Source video archive.

ITN is a  made up of two business divisions -  Broadcast News and ITN Productions - and provides daily TV news programmes for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. ITN Source is part of Digital Content Services within ITN Productions and the agreement with Getty, beginning from the middle of 2017, will apply to the entirety of ITN’s digitised video archive that dates back to 1955. 

Aiming to reassure customers, ITN Source said that it remains open for business as usual and advised that during this transition period, customers could continue to licence archive clips from partner archives, including ITV Studios, Fox News, Fox Movietone, ANI, HUTC, Images of War and UTV, but from January 2017, it would no longer be representing the Reuters archive.

ITN will retain ownership of its archive and a spokewoman told Rapid TV News that move was a strategic decision as ITN company moves towards its 2020 Vision objectives “to become a world-class production company.” However, the spokeswoman confirmed that as a result of the new partnership, 20 jobs at ITN Source were now at the risk of redundancy.

The spokeswoman added: “The outlook for ITN’s future remains both ambitious and optimistic, and given the continued growth projections, we fully anticipate that by 2018 we will be back to our current levels of staff numbers as new jobs are created in parts of the business which are expanding rapidly.”