LONDON Feb 27 ITV, Britain's largest
free-to-air broadcaster, posted
a 13 percent rise in 2012 earnings, helped by growth in
non-advertising revenues, and said it would pay shareholders a
156 million pound ($236 million) special dividend.
The firm, home to soap opera "Coronation Street", period
drama "Downton Abbey" and talent show "The X-factor", on
Wednesday reported adjusted earnings for 2012 of 520 million
pounds on total external revenues up 3 percent to 2.2 billion
Having ended the year with net cash of 206 million pounds
the firm is paying a full year dividend of 2.6 pence and a
special dividend of 4.0 pence.