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  • ITV shares slip on weaker quarterly advertising forecast Thu, May 14, 2015

    British broadcaster ITV forecast a sharper than expected drop in advertising revenue in the current quarter, overshadowing a strong start to the year for the home of the Downton Abbey drama. ITV, which has rebuilt itself in recent years by selling programmes to international markets and growing its online business, said its recent weak viewing figures had also continued. Net advertising revenue (NAR) was up 12 percent in the first three months of the year, ahead of the 11 percent it had previously forecast. "In light of that, while we expect no change to consensus forecasts, ... we believe that the first quarter trading update could be seen as slightly disappointing." The trading update coincided with a 24-hour strike by some ITV staff who are angered at the 2 percent pay rise they have been awarded, despite the improvement in the company's fortunes. More »

  • ITV staff walk out in pay strike
    ITV staff walk out in pay strike Thu, May 14, 2015

    ITV production workers, journalists and other staff are staging a 24-hour strike in a dispute over pay, hitting programmes ahead of a protest outside the TV giant's annual meeting. More »

  • Top Gear trio 'meet ITV bosses'
    Top Gear trio 'meet ITV bosses' Fri, May 8, 2015

    Former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have reportedly met ITV bosses to discuss signing with the channel. More »

  • Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May 'in talks …
    Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May 'in talks … Fri, May 8, 2015

    It’s been reported that the TV trio visited the home of ITV director Peter Fincham for talks. More »

  • ITV staff to strike in row over pay
    ITV staff to strike in row over pay Wed, May 6, 2015

    ITV production workers, journalists and other staff are to stage a 24-hour strike in a dispute over pay, threatening programmes including Good Morning Britain, presented by Susanna Reid. More »

  • Edmund Shing: After Shell, BG, Nokia and Alcatel, ITV and Indivior could join …
    Edmund Shing: After Shell, BG, Nokia and Alcatel, ITV and Indivior could join … Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    KPMG says the merger and acquisition boom is back in 2015. Certainly, company takeover activity has been hotting up on both sides of the Atlantic these past few months – just think of Shell swallowing up BG in oil and gas, Nokia merging with Alcatel-Lucent in technology and FedEx buying up fellow Dutch logistics group TNT Express. In trying to predict who could become the next takeover targets, we need to know the profiles of existing targets: which industries are seeing the greatest number of takeovers and takeover rumours, and what size of company is most likely to be susceptible to a takeover approach? Technology: Nokia is merging with Alcatel-Lucent in telecoms equipment, while US set-top box maker Arris is buying UK set-top-box maker Pace for $2.1bn. More »

  • ITV snaps up Dutch reality television show producer
    ITV snaps up Dutch reality television show producer Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    British independent television broadcaster ITV said Thursday it had agreed to buy Dutch group Talpa Media, the producer behind hit singing show The Voice. More »

  • ITV agrees deal to buy Talpa Media, producer of The Voice Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    British broadcaster ITV has agreed a deal to buy Talpa Media, the firm behind the reality TV programme The Voice, for an initial fee of 355 million pounds ($531 million). The firm, which has been increasing its presence in TV production to reduce its reliance on volatile advertising, said the total maximum consideration it could pay was approximately 781 million pounds, dependent on Talpa producing significant profit growth over an eight-year period. John de Mol, who established Talpa and who also created the Big Brother programme format, will also need to remain committed to the business during that time, ITV said. More »

  • ITV to return 250 million pounds via special dividend Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    British broadcaster ITV plans to return 250 million pounds ($383.5 million) to shareholders via a special dividend after posting a better-than-expected 2014 profit and seeing strong demand from advertisers in the first quarter. The home of Downton Abbey said it had started 2015 well, with net advertising revenue now forecast to be up 11 percent in the first quarter, and up 4-7 percent in April. ITV, which has sought to develop its production capabilities and non-advertising revenue sources to avoid being at the mercy of ad markets, said its non-ad based revenue was now up 10 percent to make up 45 percent of total revenue. It fell 5 percent in 2014, compared with a 4 percent rise in 2013, and ITV said this was in large part due to a weaker performance from its main ITV1 channel. More »

  • Watchdog collars ITV over bondage
    Watchdog collars ITV over bondage Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    ITV could be disciplined after communications watchdog Ofcom launched an investigation into This Morning's Fifty Shades Of Grey-inspired report on "bondage for beginners". More »

  • Frampton’s ITV fight a chance to bring boxing back to the masses
    Frampton’s ITV fight a chance to bring boxing back to the masses Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    McGuigan and Frampton have proved formidable partners so far in the Jackal’s career. More »

  • ITV's Norman Courted Over Tesco Chairmanship
    ITV's Norman Courted Over Tesco Chairmanship Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    Tesco has approached the former Conservative MP Archie Norman about becoming its chairman as the UK's biggest retailer nears a decision on a crucial component of its revival plan. Sky News has learnt that Tesco has been holding "active talks" with Mr Norman about taking over from Sir Richard Broadbent, although he is not the only candidate in the frame for the role. John Allan, the former chairman of Dixons Retail, also remains in talks with Tesco's board about the job, according to a person close to the process. Mr Norman's name has been associated with the impending vacancy ever since Sir Richard indicated last autumn that he would step down this year. More »

  • Bear Grylls smashes through ITV studio window during This Morning show
    Bear Grylls smashes through ITV studio window during This Morning show Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    Famed for his survival skills and all-round adventurist attitude, Bear Grylls is no stranger to danger. So it made sense, then, that the only way he could enter the studio of ITV's This Morning, was to smash through the window. The show Bear Grylls: Mission Survive will see the celebs really pushed to the limits. More »

  • Adrian Chiles replaced: The rise of Neville and Carragher means we should miss …
    Adrian Chiles replaced: The rise of Neville and Carragher means we should miss … Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Related Articles Adrian Chiles replaced as ITV football presenter by Mark Pougatch Andy Townsend leaves ITV: What are the Marmite commentator's most overused lines? Adrian Chiles replaced: The rise of Neville and Carragher means we should miss the ITV buffoon More »

  • Adrian Chiles replaced as the face of ITV football with immediate effect
    Adrian Chiles replaced as the face of ITV football with immediate effect Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    He is to be replaced by BBC Radio 5 Live’s Mark Pougatch. More »

  • BBC and ITV could charge fees to pay-TV broadcasters, Ofcom says
    BBC and ITV could charge fees to pay-TV broadcasters, Ofcom says Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - British broadcasters including the BBC and ITV could be allowed to charge cable and satellite pay-TV companies for carrying their channels, the media regulator said on Monday, potentially pointing to a major funding change in the sector. Launching a consultation, watchdog Ofcom said the freedom to charge so-called retransmission fees would help compensate public service broadcasters (PSBs) for their costly obligations such as news provision. ... More »

  • ITV confident on profits as it sees full-year ad revenue up 5 pct Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    LONDON (Reuters) - British broadcaster ITV said it was confident of delivering double-digit profit growth this year, reflecting a 5 percent rise in ad revenue, significantly ahead of the market. The maker of soap opera Coronation Street said its external revenue for the nine months to end-Sept rose 8 percent to 1.8 billion pounds ($2.84 billion) . Chief Executive Adam Crozier said: "Our Broadcast business has performed strongly with advertising revenues up 6 percent in the first nine months. ... More »

  • Bank of England deputy governor says still too early to raise rates - ITV
    Bank of England deputy governor says still too early to raise rates - ITV Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    LONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England does not yet need to raise interest rates as unemployment is still high and wage growth well below pre-crisis levels, Deputy Governor Ben Broadbent said in an interview to be broadcast later on Thursday. Broadbent reiterated that the central bank intended to raise rates only gradually when the time came, and told broadcaster ITV that he did not expect large numbers of people to face financial difficulty as a result of higher rates. "I would lean against the view ... that any rise in interest rates would cause calamity for a very large number of ... More »

  • Liberty Global has no plans to increase ITV stake
    Liberty Global has no plans to increase ITV stake Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Liberty Global has no plans to increase its stake in British broadcaster ITV , its chief strategy officer James Ryan said, after the firm took a 6.4 percent stake earlier this year as part of its European expansion. Speaking at the Royal Television Society's conference in London on Tuesday, Ryan said the holding gave the London-headquartered cable group a "seat at the table", but that it had no plans to increase it at this stage. "We do want to find some portfolio investments we can use to enhance the Virgin Media acquisition, so for us the ITV stake, where it is right now is perfect," he said. "It gives us a seat at the table at any UK content discussions." Liberty Global, which entered the UK last year by buying pay-TV and broadband company Virgin Media for about $24 billion, bought BSkyB's stake in ITV in July. More »

  • ITV pushes for Sky, Virgin to pay for its channels
    ITV pushes for Sky, Virgin to pay for its channels Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Free-to-air commercial broadcaster ITV wants to charge pay-TV rivals such as BSkyB and Virgin Media to carry its channels, saying such a move would give it more money to make programmes. ITV, along with rival public service broadcasters (PSBs) BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5, previously paid satellite broadcaster BSkyB to carry its channels. PSBs receive prime position in the pay-TV companies' electronic programme guides, used by about half of Britain's households to plan viewing. More »

  • FTSE creeps up; ITV boosted by bid speculation
    FTSE creeps up; ITV boosted by bid speculation Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    By Tricia Wright LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top equity index inched up on Monday, led by gains in broadcaster ITV on talk of a takeover from Virgin Media owner Liberty Global. ITV's shares hit their highest levels since January 2001, up 3.6 percent. The speculation was fuelled by a report in The Telegraph saying Liberty was canvassing support from major ITV shareholders following its acquisition of a 6.4 percent stake. ITV declined to comment on the rumours. More »

  • X-Factor 2014: Is This the Beginning of the End For ITV's Reality Behem …
    X-Factor 2014: Is This the Beginning of the End For ITV's Reality Behem … Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Take a look at a newsstand and you're bound to see Cheryl Cole, Simon Cowell or both on the front cover of a magazine or newspaper, probably with the headline "They're Back!" slapped across their preened faces. Indeed they are back (tomorrow, 30 Aug), but for all their smiles and borderline creepy flirty playfulness the return of X-Factor's two biggest judges remains a big step backwards, and let's not forget why Cowell is back in the first place. Earlier this season The X-Factor USA was cancelled by Fox after three seasons, prompting Cowell to make the transatlantic trip back to the UK with his tail firmly between his legs. During that time BBC One's Saturday night reality showcase Strictly Come Dancing has cha-cha-cha'd from strength to strength, last year scoring a bigger audience for its final than X-Factor for the fourth consecutive year as X-Factor scored its lowest final ratings since 2005.  More »