ITV angers regional broadcasters and independents

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The three ITV franchisees in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands are reported to be “up in arms” after it emerged that ITV plc wants them to pay up to £25m more to use programmes and take advertising from the London-based broadcaster.

According to the Sunday Telegraph, ITV executive chairman Michael Grade believes the plc cannot carry on subsidising Ulster Television, STV and Channel Television.

ITV has also asked Ofcom for permission to tear up its “terms of trade” deal with independent producers – which allows the indies to keep the rights to the programmes they produce and make profits from spin-off products such as DVDs.

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