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Graham Green, the chairman of Bates UK’s below-the-line agencies, has resigned after a controversial spell at the helm lasting just over a year. An internal memo issued on Wednesday announced that he would be leaving ’after some difficult times’ on 26 May. It is not known whether he has a job to go to.

Graham Green, the chairman of Bates UK’s below-the-line agencies,

has resigned after a controversial spell at the helm lasting just over a

year. An internal memo issued on Wednesday announced that he would be

leaving ’after some difficult times’ on 26 May. It is not known whether

he has a job to go to.





Ladbrokes, the betting shop chain, has appointed Banks Hoggins

O’Shea/FCB to its advertising account following a competitive review.

Agencies were asked to pitch for the business, which was worth pounds 1

million last year, following the resignation of the account by J. Walter

Thompson earlier this year.





Discovery Networks Europe has appointed Starcom Motive Partnership to

its pounds 5 million media planning and buying account after a six-way

pitch which included the incumbent, Zenith Media.





BSkyB is bidding pounds 301.3 million for Sports Internet Group, the

sports website company, and has received acceptances for 51.5 per cent

of shares. Meanwhile, BSkyB has published its third-quarter results

which show that airtime advertising revenue increased by pounds 19

million to pounds 172 million.





Youngs Frozen Foods is holding a review of its creative advertising

account. The review was called after the incumbent, Grey, won the rival

Findus business last year. A shortlist is thought to have been drawn up

for the pounds 3 million account.





World Online, the pan-European internet service provider, has named the

high-profile Microsoft executive James Kinsella to succeed Nina Brink as

the chairman of the company. Kinsella is the president and chief

executive officer of MSNBC.com.





M&C Saatchi has scooped the pounds 3 million advertising account for the

soya milk brand So Good. The agency pitched against Publicis for the

business, which was previously held by Saatchi & Saatchi.





Alan Shepherd, the marketing director of Iceland, quit the supermarket

retailer on Tuesday.





Miranda Forestier-Walker, the former deputy planning director at Leo

Burnett, has been promoted to executive planning director. Mark

Stockdale, who has been with Burnetts for four years, has been appointed

strategic development director.





The shortlist of agencies pitching for Ask Jeeves, the internet search

engine, is understood to include Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R, HHCL

& Partners, TBWA GGT Simons Palmer and Delaney Lund Knox Warren &

Partners.





WWF, the environment network, has appointed Saatchi & Saatchi to its

15-month Ocean Recovery campaign. The campaign, which will launch in

July, aims to highlight the plight of British marine species and the

fishing industry.





M London, part of the new B COM3 communications group, has been

appointed to handle advertising for the healthcare website Medex.





Spirit has been appointed to handle the Carlton-owned food and drink

site SimplyFood.co.uk. The agency is launching a pounds 1 million

national press campaign based around a passion for food. It will be

followed by a TV campaign. The site, launched in December 1998, is part

of Carlton Online.





Rogue Films has added Sam Cadman to its portfolio of directors. Cadman,

whose previous work included Trigger Happy TV, has just completed his

debut work for Tango through HHCL & Partners. He will concentrate on

commercials and music videos at Rogue.





Keith Sands, BMP DDB’s long-serving traffic director, has died. He had

been with the agency for 16 years and had many friends within the

industry. The funeral will be held on Friday 12 May. Contact Nancy

Barnes at BMP on (020) 7258 3979 for details.



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