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Buckley quits Turner to go back to school

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Mick Buckley, UK managing director and former ad sales man for

Turner Broadcasting, is leaving the company after seven-and-a-half years

to take time out of the industry.

Planning his departure for the start of 2002, Buckley will fulfil a

long-term dream to go back to college and take up a place at business


Buckley claimed commercial responsibility for TBS news operations across

Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as consolidating CNN's

commercial activities across all platforms, and marketing the UK's

interactive platform.

His role as UK managing director included full responsibility for all

distribution issues and new business development across TBS's European

Networks, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Turner Classic Movies, CNN and

their associate web properties in the UK and Ireland.

Buckley was promoted to UK managing director in 1999 from senior

vice-president of entertainment and advertising sales for TNT and the

Cartoon Network. Dee Forbes stepped into his shoes as vice-president,

advertising sales.

Buckley had previously worked for TSW, the former ITV regional sales set

up and Carlton.

Commenting on his departure, Buckley said: "For some time I have been

considering taking a career break with the view to, among other things,

furthering my studies at business school. I will use the next nine

months to pursue personal goals within the Turner network or elsewhere."

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