ITV Shuffles Top Executive Slots

The ITV network center, which commissions and schedules programming for ITV, Britain’s most popular commercial web, announced March 7 a restructuring of senior management.

The shift becomes effective in April and will give increased powers to network director Marcus Plantin, who has signed a two-year contract rumored to be worth £500,000 ($750,000).

In addition to his responsibility for commissioning and scheduling ITV’s entire network output, Plantin will take up managerial responsibility for running the center following the retirement of CEO Andrew Quinn.

The center also announced it is creating a new position – director of the ITV Assn.

The new job will involve lobbying politicians – at home and in Brussels – and helping to draft policy concerning broadcasting and related media issues.

Plantin refused to comment on speculation that Barry Cox, formerly director of corporate affairs at London Weekend Television, where Plantin worked before joining the center, is in line for the job.

The shifts were announced at a news conference serving as a preemptive strike against commercial TV regulator, the Independent Television Commission, which in April issues its annual review of ITV program quality.

ITV was infuriated in May when the ITC criticized network output for not taking enough risks.

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