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ITV News has launched a new current affairs programme called On Assignment featuring its award-winning team of specialist journalists.

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Second series of Birds of a Feather commissioned by ITV

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The sitcom was brought back by ITV in January Credit: ITV

Birds of a Feather is returning for a second series after the ITV remake of the comedy proved a hit with audiences.

The show - in which Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson play sisters sharing a home in Chigwell in Essex after their husbands were sent to prison - was launched 25 years ago by the BBC but was axed by the corporation in 1998.

ITV revived the show in January.

Its creators said: "We hope the further adventures of Sharon, Tracey and Dorien will continue to thrill audiences young and old."

Catch up on episodes of Birds of a Feather on ITV Player

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Susanna Reid 'very excited' to join Good Morning Britain

TV star Susanna Reid has said she could not turn down the "huge opportunity" after quitting the BBC Breakfast sofa to join ITV's new rival morning show, Good Morning Britain:

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Thank-you for your messages. I'm very excited to be joining Good Morning Britain. I have loved being at BBC Breakfast & will miss the team

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But as a news journalist & presenter I couldn't turn down this opportunity and a new challenge

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New presenting team to host Good Morning Britain

Joining Susanna Reid in presenting Good Morning Britain, will be Ben Shephard, Sean Fletcher and Charlotte Hawkins.

Ben Shephard, Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher are to present Good Morning Britain. Credit: ITV

Ben Shepard has been a familiar face on ITV for nearly 15 years. Joining the channel in 2000, Ben fronted GMTV for 10 years, as well as presenting popular entertainment shows The Xtra Factor and more recently, Tipping Point.

Sean Fletcher joins ITV after more than ten years of broadcasting at the BBC and Sky in sports, news and documentaries.

Charlotte Hawkins’ broadcasting career has spanned nearly 15 years, presenting most recently alongside Eamonn Holmes on Sky’s Sunrise.

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Susanna Reid joins ITV's new breakfast presenting team

ITV has announced a new presenting team who will host its newly named breakfast show, Good Morning Britain.

Susanna Reid, Ben Shephard, Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher will be joining the channel as ITV’s main weekday presenters between 6am and 8.30am.

Susanna Reid is to join ITV and will host 'Good Morning Britain'.

Lorraine Kelly will now be at the helm of her own show, Lorraine, between 8.30am and 9.25am, five days a week.

Aled Jones will present a new weekend morning show, Weekend, between 8.30am and 9.25am starting later this year.

ITV plc pre-tax profits rise by 27% to £581 million

ITV plc has announced adjusted profits before tax of £581 million for the full year 2013, up 27% on the previous year's figures.

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ITV plc announces pre-tax profits of £581 million. Credit: ITV

Much of the improvement came from its production arm, which grew revenues by 20% to £857 million following the success of programmes such as Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway and The Chase.

Mr Selfridge, Poirot and Hell's Kitchen US were also sold to more than 150 countries, while eight of its formats have been sold in three or more countries, including I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! and Dancing on Ice.

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ITV to launch new pay channel for Sky subscribers

ITV is launching a new pay channel - named ITV Encore - that will be dedicated to drama.

The channel, which will be available to Sky subscribers is described as being "home to some of ITV's most successful drama series of recent years" as well as "original commissions" with "big name" stars.

ITV is to launch ITV Encore for Sky subscribers. Credit: ITV

Chief executive Adam Crozier said the broadcaster wanted to "become the most watched, most loved and most talked about family of free and pay channels".

He said: "ITV's brilliant dramas contributed to a fantastic on-screen performance last year - we had three out of the top five dramas in 2013, which helped us increase our share of viewing on the main channel for the first time in a decade.

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