ITV to pay special dividend after earnings rise

Reuters - UK Focus

LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - ITV (LSE: ITV.L - news) , Britain's largestfree-to-air broadcaster, said it would pay a special dividendtotalling 161 million pounds ($268 million) after posting a 21percent rise in 2013 core earnings, spurred on by a rise innon-advertising revenues.

The broadcaster, home to period drama "Downton Abbey" andtalent show "The X-factor", also said on Wednesday its totalexternal revenues rose 9 percent in the year to Dec. 31 to 2.39billion pounds.

The firm said the board proposed to give a full yeardividend of 3.5 pence a share, up 35 percent, and a specialdividend of 4.0 pence in line with last year.

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