The pilot scheme will replace ITV's regional news in the Tyne Tees and Border region. Trinity Mirror's consortium is one of the three companies bidding for about £7m of public money to run the pilot scheme. The other two bidders are ITN and UTV.
Dacre will provide "overall co-ordination" of the bid, which also involves the Press Association news agency, the production company Ten Alps and the Cumbrian newspaper company CN Group.
Gutteridge will manage the TV programming of the bid.