22 February 2007

Duncan’s sights are on the bigger picture

It’s already looking like annus horribilis for Andy Duncan, chief
executive of Channel 4 – and we’re only into two months of it so far.

After three years of relatively calm weather during which he has
successfully surfed digitalisation and steered a…

ITV admits X Factor vote blunder

ITV has admitted overcharging viewers who voted in the last series of hit show X Factor. The broadcaster says it overcharged Sky customers who voted via the red button. It says it will pay back affected viewers and donate £200,000 to charity. ITV says it has notified premium rate services regulator Icstis, which has “welcomed” […]

RAB managing director named

RadioCentre, the body representing commercial radio, has appointed Simon Redican as managing director of the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB). Redican joins RAB from News International were he was a media account director. He will report to RadioCentre chief executive Andrew Harrison and take up the position at the end of May. The announcement follows the […]

Dell plots mobile move after Motorola boss jumps ship

Dell is understood to be plotting a move into mobile phones after poaching Motorola executive Ron Garriques to run its new global consumer group. The news comes just weeks after rival Apple announced details of its long-awaited iPhone. Garriques resigned as president of Motorola’s $28bn (£14.4bn) mobile devices division earlier this month and industry sources […]

Channel 4 on-demand takes advertising

Channel 4 is introducing advertising on its 4oD video-on-demand (VOD) service as the broadcaster moves from a pay model to free-to-view. Chief executive Andy Duncan says the broadcaster will begin taking ads on the broadband service later this month. Currently viewers pay between 99p and £1.99 to download content such as Desperate Housewives and Ugly […]

Unilever uses famous brands for ready meal market push

Unilever is gearing up for a major assault on the chilled ready meal market with the launch of a range of meals that contain branded ingredients. The Colman’s, Knorr and Bertolli ready meals will be launched in the third quarter of this year. It is thought to be the first time that Unilever has extended […]

Disney appoints consumer products chief

Walt Disney has appointed Anne Gates to the newly created position of executive vice-president and managing director of Disney Consumer Products (DCP) Europe. Gates will be responsible for all DCP merchandise licensing, retail, sales and marketing, and support functions for the company’s European arm. She will take responsibility for Disney Store Europe in an effort […]

Turner Broadcasting promotes Kupsky to EMEA role

Turner Broadcasting has promoted Jeff Kupsky to president of Turner Broadcasting System Europe, covering Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He will take control of all EMEA television and multi-platform operations including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TCM (Turner Classic Movies) and all commercial activities for CNN International. Kupsky’s appointment is effective immediately. He replaces Nan Richards, […]

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