Carolyn McCall


UK broadcasters “warmly welcome” Ofcom’s prominence measures

UK public service broadcasters have welcomed proposed changes from media regulator Ofcom that would provide their services with more prominence and allow them to compete with streamers. On Thursday, Ofcom announced a raft of measures to ensure “that PSBs continue to deliver high-quality content for UK viewers and listeners”. These included improving the prominence of […]

Netflix commits to copros as ITV cites streamer “tensions”

Netflix’s UK drama boss Anne Mensah has said coproductions with UK partners remain the “lifeblood” of what it does, but the CEO of broadcaster ITV has called for regulatory reform to even out the “very unfair” relationship it has with streamers. Mensah, who was appointed VP of content at Netflix in the UK last year, […]

TBI Weekly: Making sense of the tug of war for BritBox (Column)

The reported friction between the BBC and ITV over windowing shows for their joint SVOD service BritBox UK, set to launch later this year, is a scenario everyone in UK television could have seen coming, argues Stephen Arnell.  There has always been an inherent tension between the BBC and ITV’s ambitions for their own FVOD […]

BritBox UK talks snag amid different agendas for BBC, ITV

The future of BritBox UK could be in question as the BBC and ITV look to work their way out of a reported deadlock in discussions. The planned UK service, which is to provide British content alongside new BritBox originals commissioned from UK production companies, has hit a roadblock due to stalled talks between the […]

ITV cancels ‘The Jeremy Kyle Show’ after death of guest

ITV has cancelled its tabloid talkshow The Jeremy Kyle Show after a guest was found dead after taking part in an episode. Steve Dymond died from an overdose last week, 10 days after failing a lie-detector test on the long-running ITV daytime programme. Dymond had appeared on the show to try to prove his innocence […]

ITV banking on targeted programmable advertising after tough Q1

ITV is “making good progress” on delivering its strategy after turning in a Q1 performance “very much as we expected”, according to CEO Carolyn McCall. The UK commercial broadcaster’s revenues were down 4% to £743m ($964m), with modest growth from ITV Studios and 22% growth in video-on-demand revenues offset by an overall decline in spot […]

ITV boss defends “different and distinctive” BritBox UK plans

ITV boss Carolyn McCall has defended the broadcaster’s SVOD tie-up with the BBC, BritBox UK, saying the endeavour is sufficiently “distinctive” and will be “liberating” for producers. Unveiled a month ago by McCall, BritBox UK is intended to be the British equivalent of the eponymous two-year-old US SVOD, offering both archive content and originals. However, […]

ITV launches consumer mag as part of ‘More Than TV’ strategy

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has launched a new consumer magazine as part of its ‘more than TV’ strategy, which CEO Carolyn McCall set out in 2018 to develop stronger relationships with consumers. The ITV Magazine is available to purchase for £1 in Waitrose & Partners stores across the UK and myWaitrose members can pick up […]

ITV Studios drives revenue growth for broadcaster

ITV delivered 6% growth in revenues over the first nine months of the year, driven by strong performances across ITV Studios, advertising and online. The broadcaster posted total external revenues of £2.6bn with around £1.5bn coming from broadcast and online and £1.1bn originating from ITV Studios, which is up 10% over the period last year […]

ITV hires Britbox exec for SVOD push

ITV has hired Britbox exec Reemah Sakaan to push new SVOD plans for the company in the UK. ITV CEO Carolyn McCall revealed the plans during the company’s Capital Markets Day in London earlier this week. Sakaan, who was previously SVP of creative and editorial for Britbox -a joint venture between the BBC, AMC and […]