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  • 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 »

  • Gaby Roslin to host ITV's Lorraine
    Gaby Roslin to host ITV's Lorraine Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    Gaby Roslin has signed up for a stint hosting ITV show Lorraine. More »

  • ITV reunites Spitting Image team
    ITV reunites Spitting Image team Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Some of the c ast and crew who made Spitting Image such a hit have been reunited for a new primetime puppet show promising a " biting look at the world of politics and celebrity". More »

  • ITV reunites Spitting Image team for Newzoids
    ITV reunites Spitting Image team for Newzoids Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Some of the Spitting Image team are reuniting for a new satirical puppet show. 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 »

  • Adrian Chiles leaves ITV: the internet reacts
    Adrian Chiles leaves ITV: the internet reacts Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Chiles is to be replaced by Mark Pougatch. The internet, predictably, is happy. More »

  • Strange tail of ITV News squirrel
    Strange tail of ITV News squirrel Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    There was a case of fur comment during the ITV news when a man walked past during a live broadcast, holding a squirrel. More »

  • Is ITV really bringing back Celebrity Love Island?
    Is ITV really bringing back Celebrity Love Island? Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    ITV2 is apparently bringing back Celebrity Love Island under a new name. 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 »

  • Brazil 2014 World Cup Helps ITV Score Profit Goals
    Brazil 2014 World Cup Helps ITV Score Profit Goals Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    British broadcasting giant ITV has posted an astounding jump in pre-tax profits on the back of a strong World Cup performance. Overall, ITV saw profits after tax rise by 11% to £322m. The boost was largely driven by ITV's coverage of the World Cup, as it met its target of a 13% rise in advertising revenue for the period of the tournament. Chief executive Adam Crozier said the industry was beginning to find its feet once more after battling with tough trading conditions over the past few years. More »

  • ITV Sees Profit Up 40% As Ad Revenues Rise
    ITV Sees Profit Up 40% As Ad Revenues Rise Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    ITV has seen its pre-tax profit rise by 40% to £250m in the first half of the year. The company's net advertising revenue for the period rose by 7%, helped by the football World Cup. Chief executive Adam Crozier said: "The economic recovery is leading to an improved advertising market, with good growth across all key categories." Mr Crozier added: "The market environment in which we operate is constantly changing, characterised by converging media and the increasing influence of technology, which brings both challenges and opportunities." More »

  • World Cup helps ITV to first-half earnings beat
    World Cup helps ITV to first-half earnings beat Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    By Paul Sandle and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - ITV Plc , the British commercial broadcaster that has caught the eye of pay-TV group Liberty Global Plc , posted a higher-than-expected 11 percent rise in first-half adjusted earnings, helped by the draw of the football World Cup. John Malone's Liberty, owner of British cable TV group Virgin Media, bought a 6.4 percent stake in the broadcaster earlier his month from satellite broadcaster BSkyB . ITV's shares rose as much as 7 percent after the purchase was made public, on speculation it could lead to a full takeover bid, although the U.S. group said it did not intend to make an offer. ITV Chief Executive Adam Crozier said he was not aware of Liberty's ambitions and wouldn't be distracted wondering about them. More »

  • Paul Scholes Unlikely to Coach at Manchester United After Signing ITV and BT …
    Paul Scholes Unlikely to Coach at Manchester United After Signing ITV and BT … Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Paul Scholes is unlikely to have a role to play under Louis van Gaal's regime at Manchester United after signing up to become a pundit for BT Sport. Scholes, 39, has also agreed a deal with ITV Sport and will appear as a pundit during their Champions League coverage for the forthcoming season. The former midfielder retired as a player for the second time in the summer of 2013 but returned to United as a coach to assist Ryan Giggs during the Welshman's tenure as interim manager for the final four games of last season. While Giggs was named assistant manager following van Gaal's arrival, with Nicky Butt and Phil Neville also being retained, iconic midfielder Scholes appears to have ended the possibility of joining his Class of '92 teammates by committing himself to punditry. More »

  • Shire and ITV lead late rally for UK's FTSE
    Shire and ITV lead late rally for UK's FTSE Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    By Sudip Kar-Gupta LONDON (Reuters) - Drugmaker Shire and TV group ITV nudged up Britain's stock market, enabling it to recover from earlier losses caused by concerns about Ukraine, after an airliner was shot down in the violence-ridden region. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index, which had been in negative territory for much of the day, staged a late rally to close up by 0.2 percent, or 11.13 points, at 6,749.45 points on Friday. Global stock markets had slumped on Thursday after the shooting-down over eastern Ukraine of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 298 people on board. More »