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Haymarket Group, Weightwatchers, Carat, WPP, Thompson Directories, Trinity Mirror, Nintendo, Infolines Public Networks, AdConnection, Poggenpohl, Lonely Planet, NME, BT, IPC Ignite, BBC, ITV.

Lord Heseltine, chairman of the Haymarket Group, the owner of Media Week, and Rupert Heseltine, deputy chairman, are next in line for the hot seat. To quiz them about their vision of the media business's future, e-mail questions to by the end of this week.

WeightWatchers has launched a review of its £10m media planning and buying account in the UK, which has been with Carat since 1997. Carat will repitch for the account alongside WPP's Mediaedge:cia, which handles WeightWatchers' European business.

Max Alexander, former chief executive of Thompson Directories, will join Trinity Mirror on 22 October as managing director of new ventures and strategy. The post has been created to help diversify Trinity Mirror as a multi-platform media business.

Nintendo is to promote its new Big Brain Academy Wii game on Virgin Radio's breakfast show in a month-long interactive campaign. The campaign, worth a six-figure sum, will be based around the idea of finding Britain's brainiest family.

Infolines Public Networks, the owner of high-street payphone kiosks, needs a media partner to handle its sales outside London, in major cities including Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, York and Nottingham.

AdConnection has been appointed to the £1m media planning and buying account for German kitchen manufacturer Poggenpohl.

Independent magazine Wanderlust is redesigning its website and introducing a new travellers' forum page, similar to Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree. It launches next week.

NME's website,, was named Best Music Magazine at the BT digital music awards last week. It is the second year in a row the IPC Ignite website has won the award.

BBC director-general Mark Thompson, Rupert and James Murdoch, presenters Ant and Dec, ITV executive chairman Michael Grade and presenter Jeremy Clarkson have been named as the five most influential people in London television and radio. The list was compiled by the Evening Standard.

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