Peries' talents as a regional news director have already marked him out for the ITV Fast Track programme, an honour bestowed on just six promising new recruits.

Peries cut his directorial teeth on the RTS award-winning regional news magazine Thames Valley Tonight.

He bagged an RTS Southern most promising newcomer award for his live coverage of last summer's floods.

ITV regional director Mark Southgate is impressed by his communication skills: “He's clear and concise in the gallery, creative and thoughtful in his contributions to the look of the show and has formed strong relationships with the editorial team.”