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25/05/2007

Dawn Airey Joins ITV As Director Of Global Content

ITV has announced that Dawn Airey will join ITV as Director of Global Content.
In this role she will be responsible for developing ITV's UK and international production, distribution and content exploitation businesses.
Dawn will report to John Cresswell, ITV's Chief Operating Officer and will take up the post later this year. ITV Productions, Granada Ventures, Granada International and ITV's international production businesses in Australia, Germany and the US will report into her.
Together, these businesses generated £652 million revenue in 2006, including £370 million of internal sales to ITV.
Cresswell commented on her appointment: "This is great news for ITV and a great job for Dawn. I'm delighted she's joining us to build the content business which continues to be at the heart of our growth strategy."
Airey is looking forward to beginning her post: "It's wonderful to return to my alma mater. It's an incredibly exciting time to be joining ITV and I'm looking forward to working
with some of the UK's best production talent. Together with John Whiston and his creative team, I'm confident that we can deliver the programmes and content that Simon Shaps and his commissioners want in order to continue the reinvigoration of ITV1. ITV has strong and growing international production and distribution businesses and I'm thrilled about having the opportunity to help develop them further."
Michael Grade, Executive Chairman of ITV, commented: "Dawn's arrival significantly strengthens the senior management team. She is a dynamic, creative business leader and I know that everyone in ITV will welcome her arrival."
Airey began her broadcasting career as a management trainee for Central TV in 1985. In 1989 she became Director of Programme Planning at Central and was appointed to the Central broadcasting board.
In 1993 she moved to the ITV Network Centre as Controller of Children's and Daytime Programmes and in 1994 moved to Channel 4 to become Controller of Arts and Entertainment.
In 1996 she was appointed Director of Programmes for Channel Five and was promoted to Chief Executive in 2000. In 2003 she was appointed Managing Director Sky Networks and was responsible for all Sky wholly owned channels (excluding sport).
In 2006 she was made Managing Director Channels and Services with responsibility for all third party channels, joint ventures and networked media.
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