Carolyn McCall
Matt Frost
United Kingdom
2020

ITV

Carolyn
McCall

CEO

McCall has had to put all the management skills of a long career to use as COVID-19 has battered the business model of ITV, driving its share price to multi-year lows amid a 17% dip in broadcast and production revenues. However, McCall ensured that the U.K. broadcaster-producer-distributor behind programs including “The Voice” and “Bodyguard” played to its public-service strengths, earning plaudits for live news coverage during the pandemic. The company’s productions are resuming with advertisers returning, but ITV in October revealed a massive restructuring effort set to complete by March 2021 that will better consolidate VOD operations under a newly created media and entertainment division for on-demand and broadcast content. This will see further investment in overall digital development as well as ITV’s catch-up service Hub and its BBC-partnered streaming service BritBox.

Career

  • ITV
  • Guardian Media Group
  • EasyJet

Education

  • University of Kent (England)
  • University of London (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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ITV Revenues Up in COVID-Hit Quarter, With Advertising Forecast to Rebound

ITV Revenues Up in COVID-Hit Quarter, With Advertising Forecast to Rebound

U.K. broadcaster ITV increased external revenues by 2% in the quarter ending March 31, 2021, according to financial results released on Wednesday. Total external revenue was up 2% at £709 million ($985 million) compared to 2020's £694 million, despite the COVID-19 restrictions in place throughout the period, unlike the same quarter in 2020 which only had a limited impact, the broadcaster noted.The "Love Island" broadcaster also said that revenues for ITV Studios were up 9% at £372 million, compared to...

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