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Advertising is like a faulty shower, ITV chairman Archie Norman once said, and the Downton Abbey broadcaster today showed again that is the case.

Fire ends bid by 200 swingers to break group sex record in Sweden

An attempt by 200 swingers in Sweden to break the national record for group sex has been thwarted after a fire ripped through the nightclub that was due to host the steamy gathering.

Harman: women on TV meet ‘an untimely end’ when they reach 50

Harman demands audit of older women in broadcasting

The BBC and other major broadcasters are accused today of making women aged over 50 "invisible" and should be "named and shamed" for not putting older female presenters on screen.

Investment View: Sky is thriving but now is the time to cash in

Sky's customer churn rate is growing, and it's going to get harder to replace lost customers and maintain growth

Have they got news for you … ITV buys up HQ for £56m

London Television Centre, the studio complex where everything from Have I Got News For You to Melvyn Bragg's South Bank Show and Loose Women has been filmed over the last 40 years, was bought by ITV yesterday – after it spent decades leasing the site.

G4S calls in heavyweight reinforcements for board

G4S, the company behind the Olympic Games security fiasco, yesterday beefed up its board with the appointment of three heavyweight non-executive directors.

ITV reassures investors on ad spend since Olympics

ITV cheered investors yesterday as it said advertising had fallen less than feared since the Olympics and its production arm ITV Studios, which makes shows such as I'm A Celebrity and Coronation Street, saw revenues surge by a fifth.

ITV escapes hangover from Olympics and is boosted by revenues surge from studios

ITV cheered investors yesterday as it said advertising had fallen less than feared since the Olympics and its production arm ITV Studios, which makes shows such as I'm A Celebrity and Coronation Street, saw revenues surge by a fifth.

Studio boost for ITV's revenues

ITV got a boost yesterday as it reported a 61 per cent jump in first-quarter revenues at its programme-making arm ITV Studios, which is responsible for shows such as I'm A Celebrity and drama series Titanic.

Titanic expected to fetch ad rates of close to £60,000 for ITV

ITV could bank as much as £4m in advertising this weekend thanks to the launch of Britain's Got Talent and new Sunday night drama Titanic, its two most important shows of the year so far.

Boost for shares as Crozier leads ITV to bumper profits

ITV's shares today surged nearly 7 per cent to their highest level in almost a year as the Downton Abbey broadcaster managed to boost profits despite an almost flat advertising market.

Harry Gordon Selfridge

Shopping, seduction and Mr Selfridge - ITV unveils new Edwardian drama after Downton Abbey success

ITV will follow the success of Downton Abbey with a new period drama about the American founder of the Selfridge department store which promises to “make shopping as thrilling as sex”.

Investment Column: Advertising uncertainty weighs on ITV

Marston's; Keller

Stephen Foley: Micropayment revenues for TV companies may be just that, microscopic

Outlook What Rupert Murdoch did to his UK newspapers, he is doing now to US television. No, this is not a point about collapsing ethics. It is about paywalls. Fox, News Corp-owned home to The X Factor and The Simpsons, is pulling back from an experiment that made just-aired shows available for free on the internet via the website Hulu.com. ABC, the American network owned by Disney, is contemplating following suit.

Royal Mail sale undermined as letters arm slumps to loss

The challenges facing potential buyers of Royal Mail were laid bare yesterday when the state-owned postal operator revealed that its letters and parcels and international business had fallen to a £120m loss over the year to April from a £20m profit a year ago.

Strong start fades as ITV suffers World Cup hangover

ITV warned that its advertising revenues are set to fall a year on from the football World Cup yesterday, but said that further progress had been made with its five-year overhaul plan.

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