45. UTV Media plc
Group chief executive: John McCann
Pre-tax loss: £13.9m (2010-11)
UTV Media plc is one of the largest media companies in the UK and Ireland. It owns the Channel 3 licence in Northern Ireland, making it part of the ITV network. However, it operates independently from ITV as a business.
Based on Ormeau Road in Belfast, UTV Media plc now incorporates radio (talkSPORT and 20 local radio stations across Ireland and the UK), television (UTV), new media (UTV Internet, web services company Tibus, Recruit NI, UTV Drive, PropertyPal.com) and publishing (Sport Magazine, which it acquired in June 2009). Its portfolio of radio stations has made it one of the largest player in the radio market in Ireland with stations broadcasting from Belfast, Cork, Limerick, Dublin and Drogheda. UTV Media plc is also one of Northern Ireland’s few listed companies. It recently bought Irish social media agency Simply Zesty.
John B McGuckian was removed from his post as Chairman and Kevin Lagan and Shane Reihill renounced their directorships earlier this year.
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