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The Independent Television Commission has made strong objections to introducing advertising and sponsorship to the BBC in its evidence to the BBC Funding Review Panel.

The Newspaper Publishers Association has elected Douglas Flynn, managing director of News International, as its next chairman. He replaces Nicholas Rudd-Jones, who has moved from the managing director’s position at Express Newspapers to a role with United News & Media.

Johnston Press and Portsmouth & Sunderland Newspapers have agreed terms for a recommended offer for the 82.65 per cent of P&SN shares that Johnston Press does not already own.

National Geographic Channel is seeking a European senior marketing and creative director, who will report to managing director Jerry Glover.

MUTV, the joint venture between Manchester United Football Club, BSkyB and Granada, has launched a bus advertising campaign through Clinic, featuring different members of the treble-chasing team. Media was booked by Universal McCann.

ITV gained its best peaktime ratings for a Saturday night in three and a half years with an overall peaktime share of 45.4 per cent last Saturday, compared with 30.7 per cent for BBC1.

Carlton Television has appointed Carat to the planning and buying account of its regional programmes marketing for Carlton, Central and Westcountry Television. It will promote the quality of Carlton programme production.

Condé Nast publications has sold its 40 per cent stake in Wagadon – publisher of The Face, Frank and Arena – to Nick Logan, the company’s 60 per cent owner and editorial director.

Two of MindShare Worldwide’s managing partners, David Baldwin and Steve Cleak, are understood to have left the agency.

Target Media has been appointed by Universal-Island Records to handle its 1.5m media buying and planning.

The Sun is running a Derby promotion called The World’s Greatest Sweepstake in association with Channel 4 Racing. Readers call a hotline to win a day at the races and are then entered in a separate competition for a 100,000 prize.

The FT is launching a global outdoor advertising campaign with poster sites at international gateways, including Heathrow, Zurich and Brussels.

Poster Publicity has appointed Portland Outdoor account director Maxine Taylor to the role of group account director.

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