MEDIA: ITV warns of Bill’s threat to its future

ITV has sent the government a clear warning that it risks jeopardising the future of the UK’s pounds 3.5 billion television industry unless its safeguards ITV’s future in the forthcoming Broadcast Bill.

ITV has sent the government a clear warning that it risks jeopardising

the future of the UK’s pounds 3.5 billion television industry unless its

safeguards ITV’s future in the forthcoming Broadcast Bill.



Details of the Bill are expected to be revealed in two weeks time in the

Queen’s Speech.



The warning comes in the shape of an ITV-commissioned report by Spectrum

Strategy Consultants on ITV’s role in the television industry which was

released this week. It is the first joint initiative by the various ITV

companies, which have so far lobbied the Government separately on the

new Broadcast Bill.



ITV argues the Government must review the payments ITV companies make to

the Government if they are to survive in an increasingly competitive

market place, and warns that the demise of the ITV companies will

undermine the UK TV industry.



The report shows that ITV contributes pounds 2 billion, or over half the

economic value of the UK TV market, through investment in programming

and payments to the Treasury. It estimates that ITV accounts for 13,400

jobs out of a total 42,000 jobs in the industry



‘The conclusion reached by the Spectrum report is that if we are serious

about wanting to continue to have the most successful television

industry in Europe, we need the two pillars of the UK programme making

business - the BBC and ITV - to remain strong,’ said ITV chairman Leslie

Butterfield.



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