Between the Lines: ITV is standing by Sampson

Reports this week suggested that Justin Sampson, the director of customer relationship marketing at ITV, no longer has a role to play at the broadcaster (page 44).

For its part, ITV says Sampson, the foppish, friendly face of the broadcaster, does have a role. This may not be for much longer, though. The TV trade body Thinkbox is searching for a full-time chief executive and Sampson, its chairman, is working on drafting the job spec.

ITV is said to be keen to push Sampson forward for the role - it would certainly save on his salary and would also put in place a man with experience of building the image of both television and radio.

However, any appointment has to be ratified by the eight-strong Thinkbox board, some of whom might be uncomfortable with a former ITV man at the helm. Expect some lively discussions before an appointment is announced.

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