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Tony Ball, the chief operating officer of the US sports channel, Fox/Liberty Networks, is the front runner to replace Mark Booth as chief executive of BSkyB. Ball is a former head of production at Sky Sports in the UK.

Tony Ball, the chief operating officer of the US sports channel,

Fox/Liberty Networks, is the front runner to replace Mark Booth as chief

executive of BSkyB. Ball is a former head of production at Sky Sports in

the UK.



Iceland has shortlisted three agencies to pitch for its media planning

and buying account. MediaCom TMB, MindShare and the incumbent, Carat

Manchester, will compete for the pounds 11 million business.



Trebor Basset has called off its search for an agency to promote its

children’s brands. Fallon McElligott, Duckworth Finn and HHCL & Partners

had been invited to pitch for the business.



Leo Burnett has been appointed to develop a global advertising campaign

for Acer Computers, the world’s third-largest PC manufacturer. Leo

Burnett pitched against J. Walter Thompson for the business.



Marcus Evans, the former chairman of Bates Communications who left

suddenly a fortnight ago, has been in talks with both above-the-line and

below-the-line agencies with a view to launching an agency with a number

of former colleagues.



Sony is expected to draw up a shortlist of four agencies this week from

the ten agencies and networks, including the incumbent, DDB, invited to

tender for its pan-European account. Other names under consideration are

Saatchi & Saatchi, Young & Rubicam, BBDO, Ogilvy & Mather, J. Walter

Thompson, Ammirati Puris Lintas, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, the Lowe Group

and Leo Burnett.



Mitchell Patterson Grime Mitchell has won the pounds 1 million

advertising business for the Bordeaux Wine Trade Council. The agency

picked up the business after a lengthy pitch against Partners Andrews

Aldridge, Partners BDDH’s below-the-line affiliate, and Walsh Trott

Chick Smith.



Janet Hull, the former Institute of Practitioners in Advertising senior

executive, has left her job as managing director of The Square only two

months after returning to the industry. The agency said her departure

was a ’mutually agreed parting of ways’.



Three consortia have submitted applications for the Greater London

digital multiplex licence. The bidders are CE Digital, a joint venture

between Capital Radio and Emap which includes LBC as a potential service

provider; MXR London, run by Chrysalis, which includes Jazz FM as a

provider; and Switchdigital, a joint venture between Talk Radio and

Ginger Media Group, which includes Bloomberg and Saga Radio as potential

providers. Separately, CE Digital has this week won the Birmingham

digital multiplex licence.



The Flextech-owned cable and satellite channels, Bravo and Trouble, have

confirmed the appointment of Mother to handle their advertising. Mother

has already worked on projects for the stations since the closure of

their last incumbent, the North-west-based agency, Juice.



Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper has landed a pounds 2.2 million TV and press

campaign to explain the complex system of voting in next month’s

European Parliament elections. The agency landed the task without a

pitch on the strength of its previous election work for the Home

Office.



America Online, the world’s largest internet service, is to expand into

TV. It has struck a series of deals with satellite TV and set-top box

suppliers to deliver interactive satellite TV services to homes in the

US.



BSkyB is developing technology to enable ONdigital’s digital set-top

boxes to receive Sky’s digital service. However, the new module will not

carry Sky’s electronic programme guide or interactive services.