Alan Rook – Managing Director – BlackRook Media
Alan is a broadcast producer, presenter and senior manager who has spent much of his career with ITV in the UK. He’s a former Editor of the network’s iconic daytime TV programme This Morning. He was part of the senior management team that ran the breakfast shows GMTV and Lorraine and then launched Daybreak. In 2010 and 2011 Alan was a member of the executive team that runs all of ITV News – its Nations and Regions.
For five years, he was Head of News of England’s biggest television region – ITV Central. Alan has also run tri-media news operations worldwide for the British Forces Broadcasting Service.
As a presenter he’s fronted network current affairs shows and factual entertainment series on ITV, as well as regional news programmes.
He joined with partners to form the global media services company BlackRook Media in the autumn of 2011 – and has since established the online content provider BlackRook Productions along with BlackRook TASpa – a consortium providing video for the rail networks in England, Scotland and Wales until 2020. In January 2017 Alan formed Enterprise BlackRook – the African arm of the Group, trading out of the Nigerian capital Abuja.
In January 2013 he was appointed as a charity Trustee, joining the Board of The Caxton Foundation as a Director. Funded by the Department of Health the charity seeks to help those suffering hardship as a result of infected National Health Service blood transfusions in the late 1970s and early 1980s
Alan is an International Federation of Journalists’ documentary prize winner and a member of The Royal Television Society.