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Aon Wins British Sky Broadcasting Account


London - 13th July 2004  - BSkyB, the leading provider of digital television services, has appointed Aon as its UK insurance and risk management adviser. The appointment, which follows a competitive pitch process, covers all classes of insurance business for BSkyB in the UK and their global news desks.

BSkyB has grown significantly as a company since its last review and wanted insurance and risk arrangements to more closely reflect the growing complexities of its business. In addition to the anticipated cost savings, BSkyB was impressed with Aon’s ability to deliver innovative solutions including a wrap-up insurance programme, which covers both BSkyB and third party broadcasters in the event of a potentially damaging broadcast interruption.

Commenting on the win, Adam Reed, Development Director for Aon Risk Services, said: “BSkyB’s business has changed dramatically over the last five years and so have its insurance and risk management needs. It was vital that we demonstrated our expertise in presenting highly innovative answers to crucial business issues such as business continuity and ‘wrap-up’ insurance programmes, as well as showing that we could generate real cost savings for the company.”

BSkyB Company Secretary, David Gormley, said: “Aon had a good team, came in with the most powerful bid and put their case across very strongly. Crucially, they also showed the best understanding of, and commitment that they were willing to meet, our business needs.”

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Aon Corporation (www.aon.com) is a leading provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, human capital and management consulting, and specialty insurance underwriting. The company employs approximately 53,000 professionals in its 600 offices in more than 120 countries.  Backed by broad resources, industry knowledge and technical expertise, Aon professionals help a wide range of clients develop effective risk management and workforce productivity solutions.

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