DIGESTS

British Digital Broadcasting is looking for a head of broadcasting, to develop the BDB on-screen brand, ready for the service’s launch later this year.

Softbank Interactive Marketing, the Internet ad sales house, has seen the majority of its European staff leave. Sources say that one of its clients – Alta Vista – has terminated its contract with the company.

The Full Monty video, released by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, sold a record 668,000 copies on the first day of its release.

Channel 5 is to screen a dedicated science fiction weekend on April 4 and 5 (right), sponsored by Colum bia Tristar film Men in Black. Programming will include Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind and cult series V.

David Banks – former editor of The Mirror – has been appointed director of information for the Mirror Group. He will have responsibility for disseminating information both internally and externally about the Mirror Group and will oversee an employee newspaper.

TMD Carat Manchester has appointed Natalie Carroll to its broadcast department. She joins from Universal McCann as a media executive.

IPC has appointed Paul Williams as advertisement director of the IPC Country & Leisure Group which includes the titles Horse & Hound, Country Life, The Field, Amateur Photographer and Amateur Gardening.

Channel 4 is to host a ‘coming out’ night on April 25, centering around the episode of Ellen, where the lead character comes out.

The ITC has issued a warning about the standard of text used in TV advertising in its monthly complaints report. It says the text must be legible and held on screen long enough to be read by the average viewer.

Laser Satellite & Cable has been appointed to sell the advertising and sponsorship for Blink TV, a UK supplier of big screen entertainment at concert venues. Programming includes extreme sport, fashion, animation and specialist photography, which are all cut to music.

Gruner & Jahr’s director of promotions across the Prima, Best,Your Home and Prima baby titles, Lucy Dunphey, has left the company to set up a subscriptions consultancy.

NatMags has appointed Marc Hope as ad director for Harpers & Queen. He was formerly ad director on House Beautiful and replaces Simon Leadsford who has left to join House and Garden.

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