NEWS: Simon Lynds tipped to take director slot in merger with Katz

Simon Lynds, the director of the media sales and sponsorship company, Scott Lynds, is tipped to take the helm at Katz International, the media sales company that owns the troubled radio sales house, Independent Radio Sales.

Simon Lynds, the director of the media sales and sponsorship company,

Scott Lynds, is tipped to take the helm at Katz International, the media

sales company that owns the troubled radio sales house, Independent

Radio Sales.



The management overhaul at Katz follows the loss of IRS’s biggest

client, Emap Radio (Campaign, last week), which reduces IRS’s share of

the radio advertising market to just 4 per cent.



At the same time, IRS’s managing director, Stan Park, and sales

director, Julia Calo, have left the company in the wake of the Emap

loss.



Katz International has now relaunched its UK radio operation as Katz

Radio Sales. The division will have a new management team comprising the

sales controller, Angela Coleman, and the group sales managers, Guy

Molyneux and David Salem.



Katz also has a division responsible for selling airtime on cable

television, which holds the contract to sell local advertising airtime

for the London Interconnect group of cable operators.



Scott Lynds, which specialises in cable TV airtime sales and TV

sponsorship, is now set to be merged with the new-look Katz, and Lynds

is expected to take a senior role, possibly above the current chairman

of Katz, Mike Schlagman.



Scott Lynds has been selling airtime for a number of cable channels, but

recently lost its SelecTV sales contract to Carlton Cable and Satellite

Sales, the new company recently launched by Carlton UK Sales (Campaign,

23 February).



Carlton is said to be poised to take on airtime sales for another Scott

Lynds client, Live TV.



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