Broadcast journalist Derl McCrudden has been promoted to head of international video news for The Associated Press.
The 43-year-old McCrudden, who was previously head of video newsgathering, joined AP in London in 2010. He has helped lead coverage of some of the biggest news events of the past 20 years, including the war in Syria, the election of President Barack Obama in 2008 and the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
He joined AP from ITN Consulting, and before that was on the launch team of Al Jazeera English, where he went on to run the channel's Asia operation. Prior to that, he worked in UK network news for ITN for 11 years.
“Derl is one of the smartest journalists in the business, a proven leader whose calm demeanor and steely determination mark him out as a natural for this role,” said Sandy MacIntyre, AP vice president and director of global video. “Derl brings a vast amount of experience, both in managerial roles and in running big stories in the field. That experience directly translates into not only understanding, but anticipating the needs of AP’s customers.”
AP also announced several other video leadership changes:
• Vaughn Morrison, a former CNN and Fox executive, was recently named the new head of U.S. video production.
• Debora Gorbutt, head of video content development, will add oversight of AP Middle East Extra, a new video service offering more unique video content centered on the news that matters most to that region.
“AP’s video customers are going to be immensely well served by these changes,” MacIntyre said. “This editorial leadership team combines decades of knowledge of the needs of broadcasters and digital players with a passion to win on accuracy, speed and innovation.”
AP counts major international broadcasters and leading U.S. television networks and local stations among its global customers. In addition, AP Video Hub, its start-of-the-art online video delivery platform, is being licensed by a growing number of news organizations worldwide. Its U.S. video portal, called AP Video-US, delivers broadcast and online video together on a single platform.