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SNL Kagan presents a bi-weeklyrundown of executive and board changes in the European media and communicationsindustries.

Top Moves

* BBCStudios head of factual Natalie Humphreys and "Strictly Come Dancing"boss Katie Taylor are both leavingthe British Broadcasting Corp.,according to separate May 4 Broadcastreports. The moves follow the departure of Mark Freeland, who decided not to takeup the new role of BBC Studios head of scripted comedy and drama.

* CEO Ivan Tavrin is set toexit the company, Telecompaperreported April 22, citing PRIME. Former MegaFon CEO Sergey Soldatenkov could reportedlyreplace Tavrin, who seeks to pursue other projects. MegaFon reportedly declinedto comment on the rumored management change.

* Martin Bouygues' son and nephewto the company's board, Le Monde reportedApril 21. During the shareholders meeting on April 21, the Bouygues CEO proposedthe appointment of his son Edward Bouygues and his nephew Cyril Bouygues to theboard, and they received 89.76% and 93.29% votes, respectively, in their favor.Referring to his succession plans Martin Bouygues hinted at a possible handoverof his position in three years, and said that he intends to appoint a young second-in-command.

Media industry moves

* BBCController of Fiction and Entertainment Mark Freeland is leaving the public broadcaster, Broadcast reported April 28. Freeland will not take up the post of headof scripted comedy and drama at BBC Studios. He reportedly said in an email thathis decision was sparked by "strategic changes" proposed by incoming BBCStudios Director Mark Linsey.

* WallesKotra will replace MichelKops as overseas executive director at FranceTélévisions SA on May 9, Le Blog TV News reported April 28. Kops, whowas with France Televisions for 45 years, will leave the broadcaster at the endof May. Kotra will lead France Ô and the Outremers 1ère channels. A former journalist,Kotra has worked as a director at RFO Nouvelle-Calédonie in Paris and Polynesia.

* ChiefEditor Isabel Albers is movingfrom Belgian business daily De Tijd tonewspaper Het Laatste Nieuws. PublisherDe Persgroep appointed Albers to strengthen the content of the newspaper and toaccelerate the digital transformation, DeTijd reported April 28. Albers worked at De Tijd for five years.

* The New York Times reduced its staff in Paris, La Tribune reported April 26. The cost-cutting measure affects 70 positionsin production and prepress operations. The publisher stated that these functionswill be concentrated in New York and Hong Kong. The changes do not affect advertisingsales or editorial staff, and the international edition will continue to be publishedand distributed in Europe.

* Swedishe-commerce platform Tictail is terminating10 of its 76 employees, Di Digital reported April 26. Founder and CEO Carl Waldekrantzsaid that the company is making "necessary changes in the line-up." Tictailhas developed a platform that makes it easy for independent retailers to set upan e-commerce solution. It currently has offices in Stockholm and New York. Thecompany has reportedly modest revenues, but raised capital of almost 200 millionSwedish kronor in the summer of last year.

* has Krzysztof Swiergiel as itsnew managing director for Poland, Telecompaper reported April 26, citing among his new functions is developing the Eleven Sports channel in Poland,which entails revenue generation, overseeing operations and establishment of partnerships.Swiergiel will work out of Warsaw, reporting directly to Danny Menken, managingdirector of the group. Previously, Swiergiel was managing director of 's Lagardere SportsPoland.

* FrédéricAllary resigned as editorof Le Parisien Magazine, CBNews reported April 25. Allary, founderof Ask Media and former managing director of Inrocks, has served as editor of LeParisien Magazine since 2012.

* said in an April21 news release that it expandedits Western Europe content sales team by creating a number of specialist roles.It also expanded the responsibilities of Executive Vice President Tobi de Graaff,who will also manage BBC Worldwide's ties with key global customers. Further, theBBC's commercial arm named Nick Percy as executive vice president of Northern Europe.

Communications industry moves

* Chairman GiuseppeRecchi joined the governingboard of Italian telecom operators industry group Assotelecomunicazioni-Asstel,becoming one of the organization's nine vice presidents, Telecompaper reported April22. Recchi's tenure will be until 2017, according to the report.