DIARY: Bowley balls up H&S's testing but Duff proves that he's anything but

The waiting is nearly over. Shortly, very shortly, we're promised, we'll all know the identity of Graham Duff's merry band at ITV Sales, including the person who is going to fill the exotically named director of customer relationship marketing vacancy, and trading can begin.

Given that two doesn't go into one, ITV has enlisted the services of the top executive headhunting company Heidrick & Struggles to help select the best people from both Carlton and Granada for the positions on offer.

This is a striking development and certainly makes a change from ITV's traditional method of assessing an applicant's credentials based on their golf handicap.

As part of the interview process, Heidrick & Struggles uses psychometric-testing techniques on their candidates. Duff clearly passed muster, while Martin Bowley must have made some silly mistake on his exam paper, such as forgetting to write the date or something.

We're curious. Given that the original management line-up has changed since poor old Michael Green was given the heave-ho by the investors, we wonder whether his replacement as the chairman designate, Sir Brian Pitman, has asked the chief executive designate, Charles Allen, to take a test?

Anyway, given ITV's line-up so far, the only advice we can offer candidates to help them in their tests is just to write "Granada" as their previous employer, whether it's true or not.


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