Although Thames will remain in existence after its franchise passes to Carlton at the end of the year, it will function only as a programme producer (The Bill, etc) and Mr Elstein might welcome the chance of staying with network television.
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NOW that Andrew Quinn, from Granada, has been named as chief executive of the ITV network, an announcement is expected soon about the key role of chief scheduler. The front- runners are Marcus Plantin of London Weekend and David Elstein of Thames.