TS News - BSkyB Executive To Leave For Channel 5

TELE-satellit News, 2 August 1996

BSkyB Executive To Leave For Channel 5
  LONDON, England, 96/09/02 (TS) -- David Elstein, head of programming at
BSkyB, announced at the end of last week that he was leaving the satellite
broadcaster to head Channel 5. Elstein will become chief executive at the
new, national, terrestrial TV channel due to begin broadcasting on January 1.

  Channel 5 Broadcasting is owned by Britain's Pearson and United News and
Media, plus Luxembourg's CLT and Warburg Pincus of the US.

  After announcing the move, Elstein said the two broadcasters would examine
the possibilities of working together in some areas. A possible tie up could
involve the supply of news from Sky News. Despite Channel 5 having less news
programming than competing terrestrial networks, Sky News has been keen to
supply news to Britian's third national network, ITV, for some time.

  Press reports in the Independant newspaper last week linked BSkyB with the
Daily Mail, a national newspaper in the UK. The newspaper said Daily Mail TV
would launch as part of Sky's multi-channels package at the end of next year
although no confirmation was received from BSkyB.

  Associated Newspapers, owners of The Daily Mail and London Evening
Standard, hold a 20% stake in Channel One, a 24 hour news and information
cable channel for London.

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