DIGESTS

Lord Saatchi has been appointed a non-executive director of the satellite TV company Flextech. Adam Singer, chairman of Flextech, says Saatchi’s knowledge of the ad industry would be ‘extremely valuable to Flextech as we continue to expand our commercial television operations’.

MTV Europe, the Camden-based music TV station, has announced 80 head office redundancies from among its 600 staff. But the company says it aims to create 150 new jobs through the roll of more localised TV services across its four European regions.

John Hardie, ITV’s recently appointed marketing and commercial director, will address an ITV-sponsored conference at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts on November 28.

Cardiff Broadcasting Company, which operates ILR stations Red Dragon FM and Touch Radio, has appointed Nick Davidson as marketing director.

Barnett’s Taxi Advertising, which sells ad space on taxi liveries in central London, has launched its audience measurement project The Knowledge. This attempts to measure the impact levels of taxi ads on pedestrians and car passengers in the capital.

Channel 4 is to revive programmes including Minipops and The Word (right) for its 15th anniversary. Viewers will also be able to vote on a viewing schedule for December 27 in a ‘viewers’ choice day’ as part of marketing around the event.

Observer readers this Sunday will have the chance to win one of six specially commissioned pieces of art from the Absolut Secret Exhibition at the Royal College of Art.

Talking Telephone Numbers has been voted Britain’s least liked, yet watched, regular peaktime TV programme. A survey conducted by Carat Insight found over a quarter of its show’s audience tune in ‘purely because there is nothing better on’. This proportion grew to over a third of viewers of daytime ‘favourites’ Supermarket Sweep and This Morning.

Frank magazine art director Jason Shulman has left by mutual consent after just three issues. Wagadon, publisher of Frank, says a replacement has yet to be appointed.

BBC Magazines is poised to announce an internal restructure which will give the publishing director of each title responsibility for the title’s video and book spin-offs.

David Hasselhoff, star and executive producer of ITV show Baywatch, has signed a three-year deal to continue production on the show, produced by Pearson All American.

Reed Business Information has sold its Drinks International, Frontier, Laundry and Cleaning titles to Wilmington Publishing for 3.1m.

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