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Nestlé has signed a £6m deal with ITV and Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment to sponsor series two of Pop Idol. The sponsorship deal was brokered by WPP-owned BroadMind.

 

The Performance Channel has given its advertising sales  contract to Digital Media Sales, the operation launched by former head of Carlton's digital sales division John De Napoli last year.

 

Carlton Screen Advertising is to freeze advertising rates for 2003, despite admissions reaching a 30-year high, to ensure repeat business and attract new advertisers.

 

Frontline Media has won the media planning and buying  account for retailer Optical Revolution. The agency will launch a campaign for the brand in February using press, posters and in-store media.

 

Ikea has consolidated advertising sales for its Room magazine into Cabal from Forward publishing. Cabal won the UK customer publishing contract from John Brown Citrus Publishing last October after netting the business for the title in Sweden, Denmark, France and Germany.

 

Dorothy Prior, head of programming at CBBC, will replace CBBC controller Nigel Pickard when he moves to ITV as programming director in February. She will control commissioning and scheduling for CBBC and CBeebies.

 

Mike Moran, Toyota's commercial director (pictured), is leaving the car manufacturing company to join Thames Water as worldwide marketing and strategy director. Moran will be replaced by his deputy at Toyota, Paul Philpott.

 

Sky Active's commercial director, Mel Alcock, has left to join the Digital Active Television Group. As DATG's commercial director, he will seek opportunities for high street retailers on its interactive properties.

 

Overture, the pay-per-click search engine listings company, has doubled the bidding price for its search words. Advertisers will have to pay a minimum of 10p a bid to place their listings in the top ten results of user searches.

 

The Guardian is to be the media partner for a series of student debates, called the Orange Index Debates, staged by Orange and Index for Censorship. The discussions on censorship will take place at seven universities, including Oxford, Glasgow, Warwick and Nottingham.

 

Chrysalis Radio has been forced to postpone the launch of its lifestyle magazine, Galaxy Out There, because of "financial difficulties" at its publishing partner, Capital Live. Chrysalis is searching for a new publishing company for the project.

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