Lee leaves ITV regulator for Granada govt relations

Granada Media Group has appointed a corporate affairs manager to handle the group’s government relations in the run up to the renewal of the ITV companies’ licences.

Granada Media Group has appointed a corporate affairs manager to

handle the group’s government relations in the run up to the renewal of

the ITV companies’ licences.



Virginia Lee, currently a press officer at regulatory body the

Independent Television Commission (ITC), joins the group in the midst of

an acquisitive period.



It is about to complete the purchase of Yorkshire Tyne-Tees and owns

half of British Digital Broadcasting. Last year it launched Granada Sky

Broadcasting in a joint venture with BSkyB, and it is also pushing ahead

with plans to launch an overseas production company.



Lee’s brief will cover government relations, corporate communications

and internal relations, but her initial priority will be liasing with

the ITC, over the re-negotiation of Granada’s ITV licence.



’With the expected 1999 Broadcasting Bill and the licence discussions,

we have a number of regulatory issues which directly impact on our

bottom line,’ said Granada’s director of corporate affairs Chris

Hopson.



Granada employs 40 people in its corporate affairs department, including

two who work solely to publicise Coronation Street.



Lee’s job will encompass part of that of the former head of corporate

communications John Brissenden, who left to join United Broadcasting and

Entertainment (UB&E) in June.



UB&E owns ITV companies Meridian Broadcasting and Anglian TV.



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