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ITV announces new chairman

Sir Peter Bazalgette is to succeed Archie Norman as ITV chairman

Sir Peter Bazalgette is to succeed Archie Norman as ITV chairman.

The president of the Royal Television Society will take over from Norman at ITV’s annual general meeting on 12 May.

“We went through an extensive and rigorous process to ensure that we found the best possible candidate to become the next chairman of ITV,” said Andy Haste, senior independent director at ITV.

“Out of a strong field of candidates, it was very clear to us that Peter is the right person to take on the role, and we’re delighted that he has accepted.”

The 62-year-old, who has been on the ITV board since June 2013, has also served on the board of Channel 4 in the past.

Adam Crozier, ITV chief executive, said, “It’s been great to have had Archie as part of the team over the last six years as we transformed the company into the international media business it is today. ITV is now clearly in a much stronger position creatively, commercially and financially than when we started out, and we’re in great shape to take on the many opportunities and challenges ahead.

Bazalgette, also served as creative chief and chairman of Endemol, creator of Big Brother.

He added, “ITV has gone through a remarkable resurgence during Archie’s chairmanship, and there is still so much more that we can achieve.”