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ITV CEO on Trialing AI, the Impact of Dual Strikes and How ITVX Has “Accelerated” Her Streaming Ambitions

Carolyn McCall, CEO of ITV, has led the U.K. TV giant since 2018, driving its transformation for the digital age. Freemium streaming service ITVX launched in late 2022 with such originals as Cold War drama A Spy Among Friends, starring Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce. It has brought the company “over 2 billion streams and […]

ITV CEO on “Appalling” Behavior in the Industry: “Strong Leaders” Must Focus on “How Talent Is Managed”

U.K. TV giant ITV’s CEO Carolyn McCall said on Thursday that “strong leaders” must ensure talent is managed properly to avoid “appalling” behavior in the TV industry. Speaking in a keynote at the Royal Television Society (RTS) Cambridge Convention days after allegations against Russell Brand were reported, she was asked about reports on complaints about […]

ITV Secures U.K. Rights to Oscars in Multi-Year Deal With Disney

The Academy Awards has a brand new home in the U.K. With pay-TV giant Sky having given up its rights following a 20-year partnership, terrestrial broadcaster ITV has now stepped in and will be exclusive local home for the 2024 Oscars following a deal with Disney. This new multi-year agreement will also see future Oscars […]

ITV Adds Former Discovery Executive Marjorie Kaplan to Board

U.K. TV giant ITV has added former Discovery top executive Marjorie Kaplan to its board of directors. She will join the board as an independent non-executive director effective on Sept. 1, the firm said on Monday. Kaplan left the then-Discovery in 2016, well before its big deal that created Warner Bros. Discovery. “Marjorie spent 20 years […]

ITV Half-Year Profits Slump Amid “Challenging” Advertising Market

U.K. network ITV has posted a drop in its interim earnings, citing a “challenging” advertising market and planned investment in its video on-demand service ITVX. In its half-year financial results, released Thursday, the broadcaster showed that total external revenues had fallen 2 percent to 1.63 billion pounds ($2.11 billion). Earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (EBITA) were […]

ITV “No Longer Actively Exploring” All3Media Acquisition From Warner Bros. Discovery, Liberty Global

ITV said on Friday that it was “no longer actively exploring” an acquisition of All3Media from Warner Bros. Discovery and Liberty Global. In June, the U.K. TV giant, led by CEO Carolyn McCall, had said it was “actively exploring” such a deal. “There can be no certainty as to whether any transaction will take place, […]

Graham Norton to Host U.K. ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Reboot

Graham Norton is set to front ITV’s Wheel of Fortune reboot in the U.K. The Sony Pictures Television-backed Whisper North announced it will bring the iconic game show to ITV1 and ITVX in 2024 after a U.K. version of Wheel of Fortune aired on ITV from 1988-2001. “I’m beyond excited to be bringing such an […]

ITV “Actively Exploring” Acquisition of All3Media From Warner Bros. Discovery, Liberty Global

ITV said Friday that it was “actively exploring” a potential acquisition of All3Media. Entertainment conglomerates Warner Bros. Discovery and John Malone’s cable and telecom giant Liberty Global have been considering alternatives for their production joint venture All3Media, the largest TV production firm in Britain. Its titles also include the likes of The Traitors and The Tourist, as well as the 2019 film 1917. Potential […]

ITV CEO on Former Morning Show Host’s Affair With Younger Colleague: “The Imbalance of Power Makes It Deeply Inappropriate”

A relationship between a former top host and a younger colleague was “deeply inappropriate,” ITV CEO Carolyn McCall told the British parliament on Wednesday. The topic was Phillip Schofield, who recently had to resign from his role as co-host of U.K. TV giant ITV’s morning show This Morning after lying about an affair with a much younger […]

Scandal-Plagued U.K. Ex-TV Host Denies Grooming Much Younger Colleague, but Admits “I Did Something Very Wrong”

“I did something very wrong, and then I lied about it consistently.” This is how Phillip Schofield, who recently had to resign from his role as co-host of U.K. TV giant ITV’s morning show This Morning, apologized for an affair with a much younger production assistant during a BBC interview that made headlines and waves […]

ITV Posts Ad Revenue Drop of 10 Percent in First Quarter, Sees Second Quarter Down 12 Percent

U.K. TV giant ITV on Thursday reported a 10 percent advertising revenue drop for the first quarter of 2023 amid macroeconomic clouds, slightly less pronounced than its forecast for a roughly 11 percent decrease, with the current second quarter forecast to record a 12 percent decline. The company, led by CEO Carolyn McCall, said that April ad […]

MIPTV: ITV Studios’ Ruth Berry on Extending Reality TV Into the Multiverse

While scripted TV tends to get more attention than unscripted programming, the executives gathered in Cannes this week for the 60th MIPTV international television market know that formats like reality TV and game shows help pay the bills. And with budgets for high-end TV tightening worldwide, making more money off of those formats has never […]