Ant and Dec nearing new deal with ITV worth £30m
Published 09/09/2016 | 02:30
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly are "close" to signing a new £30million (€35.4m) three-year contract with ITV.
The deal will see the popular television presenters receive a 20pc pay increase from their previous contract, which finishes at the end of the year.
This "golden handcuffs" deal will extend the length of their exclusive relationship with the broadcaster to 18 years.
Donnelly told the Mirror: "We are not on the dotted line yet but we want to stay and they want us to stay. It is just ironing out all the bits and bobs."
Ant and Dec are critical to the success of ITV, as the broadcaster battles traditional television rivals as well as the rise of streaming services such as Amazon and Netflix.
One source close to ITV told 'the Guardian' that there was the prospect of a potential £10bn sale in the next few years.
it needed to keep crown jewels such as the Ant and Dec Show locked in, was an incentive to sweeten their new deal by a few million pounds.
The pair, both 40, present three of the biggest entertainment shows on TV: Britain's Got Talent, Saturday Night Takeaway and I'm a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here.