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Britbox to launch in second half of 2019

ITV makes announcement as part of trading update

ITV and the BBC have revealed their planned joint streaming service Britbox will launch in the second half of 2019.

The plans for a 2019 launch were included in ITV’s trading update to investors ahead of its AGM today.

The broadcaster said it was “on track” to have the service up and running before the end of 2019. No subscription details have been officially announced, although reports say it could cost around £5 a month.

ITV also reported a first-quarter revenue drop of 4 per cent driven by a 7 per cent advertising decline amid ongoing uncertainty over Brexit. It cited a “decline in spot advertising impacted by the timing of Easter and economic and political uncertainty.”