HOTLINE: News in brief

ITV is moving closer to becoming part of BSkyB's Sky platform

following a pounds 100 million satellite broadcasting deal with the

Societe Europeenne des Satellites for capacity on three of its digital

satellite transponders. The deal will allow ITV to broadcast via Astra.

An ITV source said: 'If we can't do a reasonable deal with Sky, we will

consider our options.'