Gallagher 'approached in search for ITV CEO'

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Eileen Gallagher, chief executive of independent producer Shed Productions, has reportedly been approached in the hunt to fill the vacant top job at ITV. Broadcast magazine said Gallagher's candidature was a sign that ITV was taking a wide-ranging approach in the search, and would surprise those expecting the job to go to a senior City figure.

Shed Productions, which makes Footballers' Wives and Bad Girls for ITV, floated on the AIM market last year. Broadcast magazine said Gallagher was close to former ITV CEO Charles Allen.

At the weekend former BAA CEO Mike Clasper pulled out of the race, and told The Sunday Times: "I believe that I can contribute most effectively to the continuing success of ITV in my current role as a non-executive director."

Names that continue to be linked in the search include former Ofcom CEO Stephen Carter, BSkyB's Dawn Airey, and BBC Worldwide CEO John Smith.

Meanwhile, ITV's web site is to undergo a significant redesign and upgrade that will include the creation of a broadband-compatible online video player. The revamped web site will allow viewers to watch simulcasts of live television as well as 'catch ups' of previous shows and archived content.

Lovelace Consulting  |  12.10.2006

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