By Jonathan Davies

ITV has reported a 14% rise in revenues for the first three months of 2015, beating expectations.

The broadcaster said revenues were £665 million in the first quarter, up from £585m in the same period last year.

Broadcast and online revenues were up 10% to £530m, and its studio division was up 17%.

Adam Crozier, ITV chief executive, said: "We've had a strong start to the year with further growth across all parts of the business.

"In April we completed the acquisition of Talpa Media, the creator of entertainment formats including The Voice, The Voice Kids, Utopia and Dating in the Dark, which marked an important step forward in our strategy of building a world-class production and distribution business."

ITV's financial results were published as staff started a 24-hour strike to coincide with its annual general meeting. Employees rejected the 2% pay rise offer, claiming they should see a bigger increase as a result of the company's improved profits.