Queen Elizabeth funeral attracts 28 million viewers

A peak of 28 million Brits watched the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, the BBC has said. The event was broadcast across BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and Channel 4, along with the broadcasters’ respective streaming platforms. Paramount-owned Channel 5 bucked the trend by broadcasting a day of family-friendly movies including Ice […]

ITV ups Lynette Kewley to ITVX commercial director

Ahead of the launch of ITVX later this year, pubcaster ITV has appointed Lynette Kewley as director of commercial and propositions for the streamer. The newly created role will sit in both the streaming and commercial leadership teams, and will see Kewley sit alongside chief product officer Deep Bagchee, director of DTC Technology James Murphy […]

NFL touches down on ITV in three-year deal

UK pubcaster ITV has scored free-to-air rights to the National Football League (NFL). The three-year-deal will see ITV replace the BBC as the NFL’s secondary rights holder in the UK and Ireland, ending the BBC’s seven-year relationship with the competition. Sky continues to serve as the primary rights holder of the NFL in the UK. […]

Sports rights: LaLiga signs FTA deal with ITV; OneFootball bags Serie A for UK and Ireland

Regular season live club football has returned to ITV for the first time since 2015, with the broadcaster agreeing a rights deal to Spanish top-flight league LaLiga. The pubcaster has announced a sublicencing deal with Premier Sports to broadcast 10 matches for the next three seasons. ITV said that either FC Barcelona, Real Madrid or […]

Love Island becomes ITV Hub’s most-watched series ever

ITV’s hit reality dating show Love Island has broken records for the broadcaster.  The series, which returned for its eighth series at the beginning of June, saw a back of singletons head to Majorca in an effort to find love and win £50,000 in the process. The broadcaster has said that 3.4 million Brits watched […]

ITV consensus expectations ‘too high’ says Berenberg

UK commercial broadcaster ITV faces significant “headwinds coming in advertising” and the consensus view of its financial prospects for this year and next are “too high”, according to analysts at Berenberg. Berenberg’s analysts believe that the commercial broadcaster’s strong first half results were “largely to do with phasing” of costs in media and entertainment and […]

ITV sees revenues jump but ITVX streamer plan hits profits

ITV Studios (ITVS) has helped its UK commercial broadcaster parent ITV record a half-year jump in revenue, but the impact of investing in content and tech for soon-to-launch streamer ITVX has hit profits. The global production and distribution arm of ITV saw revenues rise 16% to £927m ($1.12bn) in the first six months of the year, with EBITA […]

ITV signs content deals for ITVX with Anime Ltd and CBS Reality

UK comcaster ITV has inked content deals with CBS Reality and Glaswegian anime licensor Anime Ltd to stock upcoming streamer ITVX. The integrated AVOD and SVOD service will draw on the library of True Crime UK from CBS Reality, picking up 200 hours of true crime content at launch, and a further 50 hours in 2023. Titles […]

ITVX to launch with 9,000 hours of content for free

ITV has revealed the scope of its upcoming streaming service ITVX. Announced in March, ITVX will launch in late 2022 as a “complete re-imagining” of BVOD streamer ITVHub. The platform will also absorb ITV-BBCS JB BritBox in the UK, though the SVOD will continue to operate as a standalone internationally. The broadcaster has now said […]

ITV announces partnership with Snapchat

UK pubcaster ITV has announced a deal with Snap, the owner and operator of Snapchat, to present short-form content to users from the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022. The deal will also see Snapchat host made-for-mobile content from ITV’s biggest shows including Love Island and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! via Snapchat […]

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