Frank Skinner Dropped by ITV; in Brief

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FRANK SKINNER has been dropped by ITV after six years. The comic and chatshow host, who was earning [pounds sterling]3 million a year, is now set to follow up his successful autobiography by writing a novel.

ITV bosses decided to end The Frank Skinner Show when his contract ran out last year. The news is not totally unexpected as the show had already been moved to 11pm, the "graveyard slot" after the news.

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