Sir Peter Bazalgette has been named as the new chairman of ITV, taking over from Archie Norman in May.
He has been a non-executive director of ITV since 2013 and is also president of the Royal Television Society and chair of Arts Council England – a role he holds until January 2017.
“As I have seen for myself over the last few years, ITV has gone through a remarkable resurgence during Archie’s chairmanship and there is still so much more that we can achieve,” he said.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for everyone in the media sector with change happening at an unprecedented rate, and I’m absolutely delighted to be working with Adam [Crozier] and the management team. TV is my first love.”
Bazalgette has previously been on the Channel 4 board, as well as leading Endemol, taking responsibility for Big Brother and Deal or No Deal.
“It’s been great to have had Archie as part of the team over the last six years as we transformed the company into the international media business it is today. ITV is now clearly in a much stronger position creatively, commercially and financially than when we started out and we’re in great shape to take on the many opportunities and challenges ahead,” added ITV chief executive Adam Crozier.
“I’m really pleased that Peter, with his huge wealth of experience in television and the wider creative industries, will be with us as Chairman as we continue to grow and strengthen the business in the UK and internationally.”