Investors want ex-Sky boss to head ITV

May 4, 2009

The top job over at broadcaster ITV remains vacant and there are calls from some investors in ITV to bring in the former chief executive of satellite broadcaster BSkyB, Tony Ball, as the new chief executive.

It will take someone with the commercial experience that Tony Ball gained at BSkyB to help bring ITV back from the brink.

However there are other factors involved that will influence the decision about bringing someone in from BSkyB, like the 17.9% stake that BSkyB still holds in ITV, even though BSkyB has been told to reduce this holding down the 7.5% and an appeal is believed to be on the cards.

Tony Ball ran BSkyB for four years, leaving in 2003, and for the time being it would seem that ITV and BSkyB are going to be connected.

Bringing in a top BSkyB executive might just be the boost that ITV needs.


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