Watson set to recruit sales team for Talkcast venture

CurrantBun.com founder Ellis Watson’s ambitious internet venture Talkcast will soon begin recruiting sales staff.

CurrantBun.com founder Ellis Watson’s ambitious internet venture

Talkcast will soon begin recruiting sales staff.



Watson said he was unable to go into details about the venture prior to

its cash placing of pounds 20 million, which is expected to go ahead

this week, but confirmed it would need ad sales people.



Speculation about Talkcast has been rife since Watson quit News

International last month vowing to create a pounds 30 billion media

group. Few hard facts are available, but various reports suggest the

internet operation will offer financial information, entertainment and

e-mail services.



Observers suggest it will aim to compete with online spin-offs of

traditional media companies, such as IPC Electric and Emap Online, but

will create its own brands rather than relying on existing magazine

titles to draw in consumers.



Watson’s partner in the venture is Toby Constantine, the former

marketing director of Times Newspapers. The EastEnders star Ross Kemp is

also thought to be an investor.



Constantine and Watson worked together at sales promotion agency Option

One handling the News International account before they moved into the

Murdoch fold in the early 1990s.



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