Granada earmarks media partners for expansion
Thursday 15 August 1996
The company is also in talks with at least two UK cable operators - Nynex CableComms and Telewest Communications - about developing "City TV" cable channels in Manchester and Liverpool.
The news emerged yesterday as the group, headed by Duncan Lewis, the former boss of telephone group Mercury, unveiled an across-the board management restructuring aimed at streamlining operations in the UK and increasing opportunities abroad and at home.
"We looked at what other global companies are doing in the sector, and considered where we wanted to be in three years," Mr Lewis said. "The new structure should strengthen our capabilities."
At the core of the restructuring is a split between broadcasting and production, aimed at giving the production side greater freedom to supply programmes to other broadcasters. A new division, dubbed Granada Vision, will explore markets outside the company's core ITV businesses - London Weekend Television and Granada, the ITV franchise for the North-west.
The newly formed Granada UK Broadcasting will be headed by David Liddeiment, while Granada International Productions, which will focus on production particularly for ITV, will be jointly run by Jules Burns and Andrea Wonfors. All three executives were previously in senior positions at Granada.
An outside appointment is to be made within a few weeks to head Granada Vision, which will also be responsible for the group's joint venture with BSkyB to launch satellite services later this year.
The restructuring is the latest in a series of moves by ITV companies to prepare for the onset of multi-channel television, and follows similar changes at Michael Green's Carlton and Lord Hollick's United News & Media, which owns the Anglia and Meridian regional ITV franchises.
In his first interview since arriving at Granada Media Group earlier this year, Mr Lewis stressed the changes would not lead to job losses, and said the regional nature of the company's two franchises would not be jeopardised. "We are keeping separate production operations for both Granada and LWT."
The changes suggest that Granada will attempt to exploit overseas markets for its range of drama, comedy and entertainment programming. But there will be a special emphasis on local programming which could include community television channels for Manchester and Liverpool, in league with local cable operators.
Mr Lewis added that Granada was still not convinced about the prospects for digital terrestrial television in the UK. "We aren't yet sure the numbers really work," he said. Granada will support the rest of the ITV sector in taking up the Government's offer of space on the digital spectrum for the "simulcasting" of existing ITV programming.
David Cameron stung by jellyfish: PM hurt after ignoring advice of locals while on holiday
South Korea ferry: Vice principal rescued from sinking ship found hanged
Oscar Pistorius trial: The case against Oscar Pistorius – and why the prosecution claims his story doesn't add up
Peaches Geldof funeral: Private ceremony to be held at same place as her mother Paula Yates on Easter Monday
Shropshire criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
US Navy christens huge $3 billion destroyer ship USS Zumwalt that appears as a fishing boat on enemy radar
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
Nigel Farage on Have I Got News For You: Ukip leader ridiculed over expenses and party 'fruitcakes'
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
- 1 Are you turning into your dad? The top ten signs you've embraced dad-ism revealed as survey says 38 is age men turn into their father
- 2 Overheard in Waitrose: documenting the chatter in 'Britain's poshest supermarket'
- 3 Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'
- 4 24 people applied for the 'world's toughest job', here are their interviews
- 5 Grace Dent on TV: Game of Thrones has jumped the shark
iJobs Money & Business
£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company has been providing on site ...
£221.25 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is a well established Inter...
£40000 - £50000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Client Relationship Manager - SQL...
£35000 - £50000 per annum: Pro-Recruitment Group: Take your chance to join the...