NBC News named veteran ITV News journalist Bill Neely as its chief global correspondent, the second big hire the NBCUniversal unit has made from that British outlet under the new leadership of Deborah Turness. He will be based in London.
Neely has served as ITV News International Editor for the last eleven years. Over the course of thirty years in journalism, he has covered more than a dozen wars and conflicts from Northern Ireland to Syria, and has been embedded regularly with U.S. and British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He covered the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union and he has reported more than a dozen natural disasters including Hurricane Katrina, the Asian tsunami, and the deadly earthquakes in China, Haiti, and Pakistan. He also spent six years as ITV’s Washington Correspondent, spanning the presidencies of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton’s first term.
His hire marks a small influx of ITV talent into NBC News. Turness, herself a top exec at ITV, joined the unit in August as president. Earlier this month, Turness named Julian March, director of online at ITV, as senior vice president of editorial and innovation at NBC News.
Neely’s face may not be unfamiliar to NBC News viewers. He has appeared regularly on NBC News broadcasts through a partnership with ITV News.