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BBC's Parkinson lured to rival ITV

27 April 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- Veteran British journalist and talk show host Michael Parkinson has been lured from the BBC to rival broadcaster ITV, the network said Monday. The deal means the long-standing Saturday-night primetime chat show Parkinson will switch to ITV1 exclusively for two years beginning in the fall. "Television stars don't come much bigger than Michael Parkinson, and I am delighted that he is joining us at ITV," ITV director of programs Nigel Pickard said. "There's no doubt that he is the very best in his field and will be a fantastic addition to ITV's Saturday nights." Such guests as Nelson Mandela, Orson Welles, Muhammad Ali, Paul McCartney and Shirley MacLaine have joined Parkinson on his show. »

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