New Associated Press Television News (APTN) chief executive Ian Ritchie is to lobby the video news agency's US parent, Associated Press, for more investment following his appointment this week, writes Tara
New Associated Press Television News (APTN) chief executive Ian Ritchie is to lobby the video news agency's US parent, Associated Press, for more investment following his appointment this week, writes Tara Conlan.

Ritchie - who was named this week as the replacement for Derek Taylor - also told Broadcast he plans to spend more money on new media.

Currently chief executive of APTN client Middle East Broadcasting, Ritchie, 46, will take over from Taylor on 16 October. Taylor resigned in May after a vote of no confidence by staff, but stayed on until a replacement was found. Ritchie's background includes full responsibility for Channel 5 Broadcasting as its chief executive in 1996. Before that he served as an executive at Granada Television, Yorkshire-Tyne Tees TV and Central TV.

Ritchie said he has no immediate plans for a restructure, saying he intends to wait until he begins his new role before reviewing operations.

'The major issue is the growth of the business. I see three key issues: editorial quality, being technically efficient and providing value for money. We also have to be at the forefront of new media,' Ritchie said.

Ritchie will report to AP senior vice-president and chief financial officer Pat O'Brien.