ITC official's Granada Media Group appointment raises concern

ITV executives yesterday said that the appointment of an Independent Television Commission official to a key post at Granada Media Group could lead to a conflict of interest, writes Cathy Newman.

Virginia Lee, a senior Independent Television Commission official, has been appointed corporate affairs manager at Granada, where one of her responsibilities will be to deal with the renewal of the company's three licences.

Ms Lee has looked at licence renewal issues during her time at the Independent Television Commission.

The Independent Television Commission said that, while she would not be leaving until mid-October, she would no longer be working on licence renewal for the watchdog.

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