ITV CEO frontrunner Tony Ball proposes changes to ITV board

LONDON - Tony Ball, the former chief executive of BSkyB, plans to radically transform ITV's board if he is appointed to succeed the outgoing chief executive and chairman, Michael Grade.

Tony Ball
Tony Ball

Ball is said to be planning to replace current board members, such as Sir James Crosby and Sir Adrian Russell, with new non-executive directors.

He is also expected to scrap Grade’s dual role and appoint Mike Clasper, a non-executive on the ITV board, to the non-executive chairman role.

Grade announced he would leave ITV this year after the broadcaster ran up losses of £2.7 billion under his leadership. 

Other candidates for Grade’s role include BBC Worldwide’s John Smith and NBC Universal’s Peter Smith.