EasyJet has declined to comment on a report linking chief executive Carolyn McCall with the top job at ITV.

She is said to have emerged as the leading candidate to be the new chief executive of the independent broadcaster.

McCall is understood to have been interviewed for the role to succeed Adam Crozier at the helm of ITV, according to the Guardian.

ITV could announce Crozier’s successor as soon as this week with the broadcaster’s interim results later this month viewed as the latest it is likely to wait.

One source told the newspaper that ITV has been seeking to “persuade” McCall to take the role.

McCall is part of a shortlist thought to include Paul Geddes, the chief executive of insurance company Direct Line, and Rob Woodward, the outgoing chief executive of STV, which holds the ITV broadcast franchises for Scotland.

Since joining easyJet in 2010, McCall has turned the budget airline into one of Europe’s best-performing carriers.

She was previously chief executive of Guardian Media Group, owner of the Guardian and Observer newspapers.


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