Martin Bowley eyes ITV top job in wake of Eyre’s departure

Martin Bowley, chief executive of Carlton Media Sales, ’has heard’ he is among those being considered as the next chief executive of ITV.

Martin Bowley, chief executive of Carlton Media Sales, ’has heard’

he is among those being considered as the next chief executive of

ITV.



ITV has said that the successor to Richard Eyre will come from outside

the network. But there has been speculation that a number of candidates

from both Granada and Carlton are in the running.



Bowley admitted that he had ’heard his name was on the list’, and said

he would relish the opportunity, although he stressed that ’it is all

speculation at this stage’.



Other ITV candidates tipped to take the post include Granada’s chief

executive, Steve Morrison.



However Leslie Hill, chairman of the ITV Network, stressed that he was

still more likely to turn to an external candidate. ’It’s extremely

likely that whoever takes over will come from outside the network. It

makes sense to employ someone without a background in ITV. We have just

had our first discussion regarding Richard’s replacement and plan to go

through exactly the same process as last time. We are devising a brief

for a headhunter and several names have already come forward. ’



He added: ’Richard came from a radio and advertising background and that

worked very well’. Jim Hytner, Channel 5’s director of marketing, said:

’I think ITV will look for a chief executive from an advertising or

media agency’. Further speculation for candidates from outside of ITV

points to David Mansfield, Capital Radio’s chief executive, and Malcolm

Wall, United Broadcasting and Entertainment’s chief executive.



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