Showtime: UTV sale to ITV possible this week

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UTV is one of the last independent channels to hold rights to ITV’s key shows, including Coronation Street

Channel could be sold to Britain’s ITV as early as this week

Northern Ireland media group UTV may be set to sell its flagship television channel to Britain’s ITV.

A spokeswoman for the company, which is due to report its half year figures later in the week, said UTV “never comments on speculation”.

UTV holds the Northern Ireland franchise for ITV’s key shows, including Emmerdale and Coronation Street. In recent years, ITV has moved to consolidate all of the regional franchises under one company and only...

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