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ITV has reported a 6% rise in its pre-tax profits for 2015, following strong revenue growth across the business.

The broadcaster posted a profit of £641 million for the year, up from £605m in 2014. It means ITV saw a 20% increase in earnings per share, and it paid out £400m to shareholders in a special dividend.

Chief executive Adam Crozier said: "ITV delivered another strong year as we continue to grow and strengthen the business in the UK and internationally."

ITV said it expects to outperform the TV advertising market in 2016.

The company's director of television Peter Fincham also announced that he is leaving ITV. ITV Studios director Kevin Lygo will replace him.