- Television broadcaster ITV posted a rise in first half profit after a recovery in advertising markets helped boost revenue.

Pre-tax profit for the six months through June increased to £133 million, up from £15 million year-on-year, as revenue jumped 27% to £1.55 billion.

Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation almost doubled to £327 million, up from £165 million year-on-year.

ITV didn't declare an interim dividend, citing continuing uncertainty, but said it planned to pay a final dividend of 3.39p for the full year, based on two thirds of a notional full-year dividend of 5p.

Although comparatives for the second half were tougher, ITV said it was encouraged by the advertising outlook, with July expected to be up 68% and August up 17%-to-20% year-on-year.

It added that it was track to deliver its £30 million permanent cost savings target over the full year.

'Our first-half results demonstrate that ITV is emerging from the worst effects of the pandemic,' chief executive Carolyn McCall said.

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