ITV has held talks with the boss of one of Britain's largest insurers as it seeks to fill the vacancy left by outgoing chief executive Adam Crozier.
Direct Line chief executive Paul Geddes has been lined up by ITV after Crozier announced his departure earlier this month, according to reports.
Geddes has led the insurance giant through its spin-off from state-backed lender RBS and subsequent listing on the London Stock Exchange. Sources told the Sunday Telegraph he is viewed as a "safe pair of hands".
ITV chairman Sir Peter Bazalgette is under pressure from shareholders to find a replacement for Crozier, who leaves the firm in just over one month's time. Crozier's departure announcement was coupled with a boardroom shake-up that saw finance chief Ian Griffiths take on a new role of chief operating officer.
Bazalgette kicked off the process of "normal" long-term succession planing in December. At the time he denied this meant Crozier's departure was imminent.
David Abraham and Rob Woodward are sticking about to help the recruitment process at Channel 4 and STV respectively. BT TV's Delia Bushell has departed, weeks after masterminding BT Sport's £1.2bn victory in the European Champions League football auction.
Geddes joined the board of Channel 4 last year as a non-executive director.
Direct Line and ITV declined to comment.