LONDON Feb 26 ITV, Britain's largest
free-to-air broadcaster, said it would pay a special dividend of
161 million pounds ($268 million) after posting a 9 percent rise
in 2013 external revenues, driven by strong growth in
The broadcaster, home of period drama "Downton Abbey" and
talent show "The X-factor", on Wednesday reported external
revenues of 2.39 billion pounds in the year to Dec. 31, in line
with market expectations.
The company said earnings before exceptional items rose 21
percent to 620 million pounds.
Total non-advertising revenue (NAR), a key industry
indicator, grew by 175 million pounds to 1.21 billion pounds.
ITV said the board proposed to give a full year dividend of
3.5 pence a share, up 35 percent, and a special dividend of 4.0
pence in line with last year.
The firm said it expected to see good growth at ITV Studios,
Britain's largest production and distribution company which
sells content around the world, and would continue to look at
In January, ITV said it was launching its first pay-TV
channel, dedicated to British drama, on Sky's satelite
and online platforms.