The ITV Network’s corporate affairs department is searching for
someone to fill its top European public affairs post - that of EU
Just two weeks after appointing Paul Tyrrell head of press, the body
which commissions programmes and arranges schedules across the ITV
network is looking to replace incumbent European affairs head Ross
Biggam is moving to Brussels next month to become director-general of
the Association of Commercial Television, a pan-European trade
association which includes UK commercial broadcasters ITV and Sky.
Biggam replaces Daniel Zimmerman, who left the ACT last September to
work in television production.
Biggam’s successor at ITV will report to the corporate affairs director,
Nicola Howson. The appointee will represent ITV’s interests to the
European Commission, Parliament, and the Council of Europe. The role
involves monitoring EU legislation and policy, building alliances with
other European broadcasters, as well as briefing senior ITV managers on
developments in European politics.
The main issue facing the appointee will be to stop Sweden - which
assumes the EU presidency next January - from banning commercials aimed
The person will have to argue for regulated advertising, a
’middle-ground between the Swedish ban and a free-for-all,’ said
The ITV Network’s PR is handled by a five-strong press office under
Tyrrell, a former chief press officer at Granada TV. Lobbying is handled
by public affairs chief Nick Toon, the third divisional chief to report
Howson reports to the chief executive’s office, currently vacant
following the departure of Richard Eyre to head Pearson’s TV interests.