Elisabeth Murdoch makes the Grade for ITV top job

Rupert Murdoch’s daughter, Elisabeth, is being tipped by the Sunday Telegraph as a potential candidate for the job of ITV chief executive.

Murdoch, the founder of TV production company Shine, is being talked up because of her “understanding of international media and her entrepreneurial skills”, the paper says.

Michael Grade announced in April that he would be stepping down as ITV executive chairman but hoped to stay on as non-executive chairman.

According to the FT, the global search for a new chief executive will result in a shortlist of six candidates. The internal candidates are reported to be commercial director Rupert Howell and chief operating officer John Cresswell.

Other names linked to the job include former GCap Media chief executive Fru Hazlitt, Google’s European operations director Nikesh Arora and BBC Worldwide chief executive John Smith.

The FT and the Sunday Times both say that former BSkyB chief executive Tony Ball, who was tipped to be a suitable candidate, is not on the list.

An announcement is expected within weeks. The Sunday Telegraph says ITV wants to name a replacement for Grade in time for its half-year results on 6 August.

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