LONDON: Former senior BBC executive Peter Fincham (pictured) has been named as the new director of television for the UK's biggest commercial broadcaster ITV. He is replacing Simon Shaps, who will leave in May.

Fincham resigned as controller of flagship channel BBC1 last year following a dispute over the misleading editing of a documentary about the British Royal family.

His new appointment comes at the same time as ITV's executive chairman, Michael Grade, agreed to extend his tenure until 2010, a year longer than expected.

ITV is still without a ceo, but Grade hopes to have someone in the role before he leaves.

His pairing with Fincham has been welcomed by investors, who believe it will be a boost to the company's ongoing turnaround plan.

Data sourced from BBC Online; additional content by WARC staff