ITV latest to pick up Extreme E rights

Off-road racing series Extreme E has signed an additional rights deal in the UK with ITV. The competition, which will begin its debut season in Saudi Arabia on April 4, will be shown live by the broadcaster. ITV will also show highlights shows along with the championship’s 20-part magazine programme Electric Odyssey.  The three year […]

Piers Morgan’s anti-Meghan rant becomes Ofcom’s most complained about moment ever

Controversial UK media personality Piers Morgan has become the most complained about TV figure in regulator Ofcom’s history. Ofcom confirmed on Wednesday that 57,121 people – including Meghan herself – had submitted formal complaints over the presenter’s comments about the Duchess of Sussex.  It overtakes the 44,500 complaints made by Brits over the treatment of […]

NBC’s Deborah Turness returns to ITN as CEO, ahead of Anna Mallett’s Netflix move

UK-based current affairs producer ITN has re-hired Deborah Turness from NBC News as its CEO, replacing the Netflix-bound Anna Mallett. Turness was most recently president of NBC News International, a role she took up in 2017 with a remit across editorial, production and commercial operations. Prior to that, Turness headed up the US-facing NBC News for […]

ITV sees global SVOD pass 2.6m, revenues hit by COVID-19

UK commercial broadcaster ITV’s global subscription video-on-demand activities now have over 2.6 million subscribers, with BritBox UK, the broadcaster’s JV with the BBC, surpassing its target of hitting half a million subs by January, according to ITV CEO Carolyn McCall. ITV’s SVOD offerings include BritBox UK, BritBox US, which passed 1.5 million subs in October […]

BritBox appoints ITV SVOD chief Reemah Sakaan to become international CEO

BBC Studios (BBCS) and ITV have appointed the latter’s group director of SVOD Reemah Sakaan as international CEO for joint venture streamer BritBox. Sakaan, who was responsible for the launch of BritBox in the UK and is also currently chief brand & creative officer at BritBox Global, will start in April and will be tasked with […]

BritBox announces South African rollout for H2 2021

UK content streamer BritBox will launch in South Africa in the second half of 2021, ITV has announced. The service, which operates as a joint-venture of ITV and BBC Studios, will expand into its fifth worldwide territory following launches in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia. The expansion comes as a part of an […]

ITV revamps data and AI team with new leadership appointments

ITV has announced a handful of appointments in its data division as the broadcaster continues to expand its direct-to-consumer business and AI strategy. The four newly created leadership positions all sit under Sanjeevan Bala, the group chief data and AI officer. Bala joined the broadcaster in May 2020, and the appointments come as the latest […]

ITV seeks new chair; Richard Sharp appointment confirmed at BBC

UK broadcaster ITV has reportedly started searching for a new chairman, with Sir Peter Bazalgaette set to step down in 2022. According to a report from Sky News, ITV’s nominations committee has kicked off a recruitment drive to be overseen by executive search firm Spencer Stuart. The chairman is expected to step down when his […]

ITV reports festive growth

ITV has reported a modest increase in usage of its ITV Hub catch up service. The UK pubcaster said that its VOD service saw a year-over-year increase of 11% for the festive period of December 21-January 3, with an overall increase of 5% year-over-year for December. The month saw a total of 81 million programme […]

ITV extends Yospace ad insertion partnership

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has extended its relationship with server-side ad insertion (SSAI) company Yospace. The partnership sees ITV integrate Yospace’s SSAI tech for targeted advertising on live channels in the on demand platform ITV Hub. It is an extension of a relationship which goes back to 2011, and will see the companies work together […]

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