Tony Wheble leaves post at Flextech to join TV Travel Shop

Flextech’s commercial director, Tony Wheble, is leaving the satellite and cable broadcaster to head the travel broadcasting company, TV Travel Shop, which is part-owned by Flextech.

Flextech’s commercial director, Tony Wheble, is leaving the

satellite and cable broadcaster to head the travel broadcasting company,

TV Travel Shop, which is part-owned by Flextech.



His decision to leave Flextech coincides with the company’s merger with

Telewest, which will go through during the next couple of months. Wheble

will not leave Flextech until the merger is complete, and a spokesman

for Flextech said that because of the merger, Flextech ’would not be too

precipitous in replacing him’.



In January, Wheble was promoted to commercial director to oversee new

ventures. Before joining Flextech four years ago he was the broadcast

director at Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO.



At TV Travel Shop, Wheble will report to the chief executive and

co-founder, Harry Goodman, and the chairman, Stephen Whelton.



Wheble said: ’Taking the business into Europe, moving it on to the web

to become a dotcom and moving into interactive TV provides a combination

of all the disciplines that I’m very interested in.’



He added that he was keen to move the TV service on to as many different

communications platforms as possible, including wireless application

protocol services. ’We will look at any platform that will take our

service and pump information down it.’



The TV Travel Shop is owned by Flextech, the travel group Kuoni, and

Barclays Private Equity, the latter of which is the majority

shareholder.



The service is broadcast on cable and satellite and is a TV travel

agent, offering programmes telling viewers about holiday destinations.