ITV Network in hunt for head of EU affairs

The ITV Network’s corporate affairs department is searching for someone to fill its top European public affairs post - that of EU affairs manager.

The ITV Network’s corporate affairs department is searching for

someone to fill its top European public affairs post - that of EU

affairs manager.



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.



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

at children.



The person will have to argue for regulated advertising, a

’middle-ground between the Swedish ban and a free-for-all,’ said

Biggam.



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

to Howson.



Howson reports to the chief executive’s office, currently vacant

following the departure of Richard Eyre to head Pearson’s TV interests.



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