McCall succeeds Crozier as ITV chief
Carolyn McCall has been named the new chief executive of ITV, the UK commercial broadcaster.
She replaces Adam Crozier, the former chief executive of English soccer’s Football Association, who left the role at the end of last month.
McCall (pictured) will take up the post in January 2018.
She is joining ITV from UK-based low-cost airline EasyJet, where she had been chief executive for the last seven years.
Prior to that, she was chief executive of Guardian Media Group, the UK newspaper publisher.
She has been a non-executive director at Burberry, the British fashion brand, since 2014.
Commenting on the appointment, Peter Bazalgette, chairman of ITV, commented: "In a very impressive field of high calibre candidates, Carolyn stood out for her track record in media, experience of an international operation, clear strategic acumen and strong record of delivering value to shareholders."
ITV announced that McCall will receive an annual salary of £900,000 ($1.1 million) and a pension allowance of 15 per cent of her salary.
Crozier joined ITV in 2010, having been in charge of the Royal Mail, the UK’s postal service. He quit the FA in 2002 following crisis talks over the structural and financial future of the organisation and controversy over his management style.
In March, ITV announced a fall in pre-tax profits for 2016, as advertising revenue fell amid “political and economic uncertainty” despite some major sporting events such as soccer’s European Championships and rugby’s Six Nations, which it showed for the first time that year.
However, advertising sales slipped by 3 per cent, in part because of the impact of Brexit, the June referendum in which the UK decided to leave the European Union. This contributed to pre-tax profits dropping by 14 per cent to £553 million although, on an underlying basis, they were up marginally to £847 million.
Last July, ITV pledged to cut costs by £25 million in 2017 because of uncertainty over the consequences of Brexit.
New sports programming for 2017 has included top British horse racing events in a four-year deal worth £30 million, and ITV is in the second year of its six-year Six Nations contract, which is shared with the BBC and worth £300 million.
The network has also extended its deals to show the England soccer team’s home qualifiers until 2022 and the Rugby World Cup until 2023.