As Deadline/London predicted, ITV has not directly replaced Rupert Howell as commercial managing director. Instead, it has appointed Fru Hazlitt as managing director of online and commercial. ITV says its decision to create a new job, uniting airtime sales and online businesses, stems from its ongoing strategic review. Possibly it also thought it could save money by hiring one person to replace two. Hazlitt was most recently CEO of radio company GCap Media until it was sold two years ago. Before that, she worked for Yahoo as managing director of its UK business and, before that, European commercial director. ITV’s current online MD Ben McOwen-Wilson will leave the broadcaster this summer along with Howell. What’s interesting is the top three jobs at ITV are now held by industry outsiders: Chairman Archie Norman, CEO Adam Crozier and now Hazlitt all come from outside the TV business.
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