‘Don’t worry about ITV’, says Vernon Kay

Presenter Vernon Kay has backed ITV bosses over their handling of cutbacks at the TV company.

Speaking at The Prince’s Trust spring ball, Kay shot to the channel’s defence in the wake of its move to axe 600 jobs.

He said: “With Michael Grade at the helm, ITV is in safe hands, and with Peter Fincham in charge as well, they’ve got a great hierarchy to make sure that the success of the company is at the forefront of all their ideas.”

On whether the changing climate at ITV might affect his own job, Vernon remained tight-lipped: “It may do, it may not; I’m not obliged to comment. But things are being taken care of.”

Will Young and Claudia Winkleman were among the guests at the ball at the Hurlingham Club, Fulham, which raised more than £90,000 for the charity. Young performed during the evening.

Guests paid up to £325 for a ticket to the event, which was supported by tanning firm St Tropez.

Kay, who is an ambassador for the trust along with his wife, Tess Daly, said: “It gives young people another chance – those who have been dealt a dodgy hand of cards, from being abused as a child to drug addiction, for example – the Prince’s Trust makes them feel that they’re not an anomaly.”

While the recession has clearly had a punishing effect on ITV, it hasn’t yet emptied the Trust’s coffers, he added. “Nights like this are how the trust gets its money. These things don’t come cheap, especially in this day and age. Apparently there’s a credit crunch – but people are still giving.”

Other guests at the event were model Erin O’Connor and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. The Prince’s Trust was set up by the Prince of Wales in 1976 to help young people get into work, education or training.

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