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Charles Allen (born 4 January 1957) was Chief Executive of ITV plc from its formation in 2004 until 2007.

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Critisism

Mr Allen is often criticised as having too little media experience to have taken on the monumental role of chief executive of ITV and given the fact that he now holds positions across the media sector.[1]

Television

He joined Granada Group In 1991, as CEO of Granada TV, During the next several years he was instrumental in the takovers of Forte Hotels for £3.9 billion in 1997 and the Takeovers of LWT and Yorkshire Tyne Tees Television in 1994 and 1999 respectively. In 2001 Granada Group merged with Compass to form Granada Compass, then demerged into Granada Media Plc and Compass Group. He remained with Granada when the two companies demerged and became Executive Chairman of Granada plc in 2001. When Granada merged with Carlton Communications to form ITV plc, Allen became the new company's Chief Executive.[2]

ITV plc announced on 8 August 2006 that Allen was stepping down after two and a half. In a statement, ITV plc said Mr Allen would remain at the company while head-hunters carried out the process of finding a replacement.

Finance director John Cresswell has been appointed interim chief executive from October 1 and will work alongside Mr Allen to ensure an "orderly transition".[3]

It was confirmed on 28 November 2006 that Michael Grade would succeed Allen's position at ITV plc.[4]

Radio

Charles Allen is currently Chairman of the largest commercial radio group in Britain, Global Radio which is responsible for spawning The Heart Network.

Other interests

He is also Chief Advisor to the British Government at the Home Office and a Senior Advisor to Goldman Sachs Private Equity. Mr Allen is also a Non-executive Director of the London Olympic Committee[5], Non-executive Director of Tesco[6] and is involved with the natural products start up Natural Health International[7]. He has also been appointed non-executive chairman at EMI Music, the music label behind Kylie Minogue and Coldplay.[8]

In 2003 Mr Allen was awarded the Commander of the British Empire for his services to sport and community.

Trivia

In an annual survey[9] by The Independent of the UK's most influential gay and lesbian people, Charles Allen entered the list at number 15 in 2006.

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Preceded by
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Chief Executive of ITV plc
2004-2006
Succeeded by
Michael Grade
Executive Chairman

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