Adam Crozier, CEO of ITV, will likely step in to the shoes of Rupert Howell, who’s lost his job as Managing Director of ITV Brand and Commercial. After all, Crozier’s background is advertising (he used to work at Saatchi & Saatchi), and ITV chairman Archie Norman also comes from a commercial background. Given that Kevin Lygo is pretty autonomous as head of ITV Studios, and Peter Fincham has his own empire as director of television, Crozier wants to ring-fence an area of his own, one senior industry source tells me. Crozier’s press statement talks about how closely he wants to work with advertisers. “Why wouldn’t Crozier want to talk to his biggest advertisers directly, without this layer of management in the way?” my source says. “There’s an opportunity for him to be hugely influential in monetizing the airtime.”
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