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UNITED KINGDOM

Fox Kids Europe is reportedly planning a stock market listing to help fund expansion.

The London-based subsid of Fox Family Worldwide, which is parented by Fox Broadcasting and children’s programmer Saban, is hoping to up its reach to 18 million households in 30 countries by the end of the year.

Fox Kids refused to comment, but it is believed that Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Goldman Sachs have been shortlisted to handle the flotation.

Fox Kids set up its London-based Euro operations in 1997, and has suffered stiff competition in the U.K. where Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network draw about eight times as many viewers as Fox Kids.

AUSTRALIA

CNN has inked a deal with Australian telephony carrier Telstra to provide news and information flashes on mobile telephone screens.

CNN has now clinched pacts to provide the CNN Mobile service in Oz, Europe and Asia. Telstra owns half of Rupert Murdoch’s and Kerry Packer’s feevee cabler Foxtel.

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In the midst of a search for a new chief executive, three appointments have been made to the board of the Australian Broadcasting Corp., which runs a TV network and several radio networks and orchestras.

Beginning their five-year terms immediately are former conservative politician Ross McLean and academic Judith Sloan, while barrister John Gallagher starts in December.

Late last year prominent former conservative powerbroker and ABC critic Michael Kroger was appointed to the ABC board.

CANADA

Trina McQueen, a founder of the hugely successful specialty channel Discovery Canada, is moving over to CTV as executive VP.

In her new post, McQueen will be in charge of programming and sales for the network, its stations and specialty channels.

McQueen is a highly respected Canadian journalist and broadcast executive. She assumes her new position on Aug. 16. A successor as Discovery prexy has not yet been selected.

CTV owns the CTV Network, an independent TV station in Vancouver, and six CBC affiliate stations.

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