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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.

ITV to show two of England's World Cup group games

Roy Hodgson's team will face Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in the World Cup group stages. Credit: PA

The BBCand ITV have revealed which channel will show what World Cup matches in Brazil next year - including England's group games.

ITV will show the opening match of the tournament between hosts Brazil and Croatia on 12th June.

The BBC will show England’s first group match against Italy, which kicks off at 11pm in the UK.

ITV will then show England's next two games against Uruguay and Costa Rica.

The BBC will have first pick of the second round and the semi finals, while ITV has first pick of the quarter finals.

Both ITV and the BBC will show the final.


ITV brings back 'clap-o-meter' for new show Rising Star

ITV is bringing back a high-tech version of the clap-o-meter for a new singing show from the makers of the original version of the Emmy-winning Homeland.

Viewers use an online app to vote in real time on Rising Star with acts progressing to the next round only if they get 70% approval ratings.

The clap-o-meter, which measured audience approval by the amount of noise they made, featured in several TV shows including Opportunity Knocks.

Rising Star was devised by Israeli firm Keshet , which is behind shows including Prisoners Of War, which was remade in the US as Homeland.

ITV wins International Emmy for Banaz film

Nineteen-year-old Banaz Mahmod's father and uncle were jailed for life in 2007 for their roles in her honour killing Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

ITV has won a current affairs International Emmy for its documentary “Banaz: An Honour Killing”, which chronicles the brutal honour killing of a young British Kurdish woman in suburban London by her own family.

The film reveals how 19-year-old Banaz Mahmod was threatened after falling in love with another man after walking out of an abusive forced marriage.

Her father and uncle were both jailed for life in 2007 for their roles in her murder and two cousins were eventually extradited from Iraq and jailed for carrying out her killing.

In 2006 Banaz predicted her own murder, and months later her strangled body was found in the garden of a house in Birmingham.

Birds Of A Feather stars reunited for new ITV series

Birds of a Feather stars have been reunited as they begin filming the show's ITV comeback, due to be screened early 2014.

Birds Of A Feather stars Lesley Joseph, Linda Robson and Pauline Quirke. Credit: ITV

The show follows two sisters, Linda Robson and Pauline Quirke, and their man-eating neighbour, Lesley Joseph, as they share a home in the posh Essex town of Chigwell after their husbands are sent to prison.

The show was first launched 24 years ago, but was axed by the BBC back in 1998.

It is now being revived by ITV for a further run which has been written by the original creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran.

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