Lygo won't rule out ITV job

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LONDON -- Channel 4 director of programs Kevin Lygo refused to rule himself out as a candidate for the post of director of television at ITV on Thursday, amid speculation that he is being lined up to form an ITV "executive dream team" alongside Ofcom chief executive Stephen Carter as the network's chief executive.

Speaking at Channel 4's winter program launch, Lygo said he "didn't have to rule himself in or out of the job" as current ITV director of television Simon Shaps was "doing perfectly well."

But he declined to comment on whether he had been sounded out about taking a senior creative post in tandem with Carter, who is felt to lack a creative track record. Such an appointment would almost inevitably result in the removal of the current programming chief.

ITV's board meets Monday to look at a shortlist of candidates that is understood to include Carter, UIP chairman and chief executive Stewart Till, Endemol U.K. chief creative officer Tim Hincks and former BBC Worldwide CEO Rupert Gavin.

ITV took the unusual step of denying speculation that Channel 4 chief executive Andy Duncan also was being considered as a potential candidate. In its first official statement about the recruitment process, ITV said that Duncan had not been approached by the board or by headhunters the Zygos Partnership.

"Andy Duncan publicly ruled himself out of the ITV role in August. Since then, neither ITV nor Zygos has attempted to contact him in relation to this position," the statement said.

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