DIGESTS

Motive, Bartle Bogle Hegarty’s media arm, has been appointed to the 10m media buying account for Mercury One2One. It was at CIA Medianetwork.

Granada Sky Broadcasting has appointed Jerry Glover, commercial director of The Travel Channel, as managing director commercial. Stuart Prebble, ITV controller of factual programmes, becomes chief executive.

New Century, the lowest Channel 5 bidder, has been granted leave to join Virgin Television’s judicial review of the ITC’s decision to award the licence to Channel 5 Broadcasting. The review starts on January 17.

EMAP Radio has seen pitches from Media Sales & Marketing and Independent Radio Sales in the first stage of a process to decide whether to centralise its radio sales or set up its own sales house. A decision is expected in March.

Lowe Howard-Spink is expected to name a deputy media director this week and restructure the media department’s senior management.

J Walter Thompson has launched Project Atlas, a research tool that allows it to create media effectiveness and coverage and frequency indices across different media.

Flextech, the cable and satellite broadcaster, is considering acquiring SelecTV, the production company and cable channel operator behind such programmes as Birds of a Feather (right). Pearson is also preparing an offer.

The Poster Business and Poster Publicity are awaiting the result of a pre-Christmas pitch for the 2m Direct Line insurance account. The previous incumbent was Portland.

EMAP’s Kiss 102 has joined the list of applicants for the big Yorkshire and Humberside FM radio licence that will be awarded later this year.

Reader’s Digest European advertising director Henry Van Wyk is to retire at the end of the month.

Bertelsmann, the German TV and publishing giant, is considering a bid for CLT, the Luxembourg-based broadcaster. BSkyB is also understood to be interested in taking a stake in CLT.

Balmoral Magazines, publisher of London Eye, plans to launch a daily free newspaper in London by May. Managing director Charlie Kerr says 3m capital has so far been raised.

The Independent Television Commission has written to the managing directors of Yorkshire Television and Tyne Tees Television questioning proposed changes to the regional programme services of each.

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