Disney/ABC International Television and the German-based media giant,
KirchGroup, have entered into an exclusive ten-year pay-TV agreement in
Europe. Disney/ABC will license pay TV and pay-per-view rights to Kirch
on all Disney feature films, and Kirch will also run the German Disney
Channel exclusively on its digital DF1 platform.
The Association of Media and Communications Specialists has signed up
four new members: the Henley Centre, the new-media specialist, Module
Communications, the sponsorship company, Inside Broadcast, and the media
buying agency, Pawson Media.
Radio Times has made Sue Robinson its first female editor following the
promotion of Nicholas Brett to the post of publishing director
(Campaign, last week). Robinson was previously Brett’s deputy at the
magazine, where she has worked since 1980.
The Ziff-Davis International Media Group has appointed David Craver and
Michael Scharfenberger to the joint posts of managing director, Europe.
Craver, formerly the group’s vice-president, will be responsible for the
UK and France, while Scharfenberger, who joins from the board of the
German publisher, WEKA, will oversee operations in Germany.
Scottish Television, headed by Gus MacDonald, has asked the Independent
Television Commission to approve its proposed takeover of Caledonian
Publishing, the publisher of the Evening Times and the Herald. The ITC
has invited comment on whether the move is against the public interest
or not by 20 September.
Bauer, the publisher of Take a Break, is expected to shake up the
crowded teenage girls market with a launch tipped to appear later this
month. The new magazine is believed to be based on the format of Bravo
Girl, Bauer’s German magazine for teenagers.
TCC, the children’s cable and satellite channel, launches its autumn
campaign on 9 September under the banner: ‘There’s gonna be trouble -
TCC - just watch it!’ The four-week nationwide Adshel and six-sheet
poster push follows on from its summer ‘TCC looks like trouble’ campaign
which, the channel claims, almost doubled its teen audience year on
Newsquest, Southnews, Trinity International and Northcliffe newspapers
are understood to be among the bidders for United Provincial Newspapers’
publications which are up for sale in the South-east and Wales.
Mark Soden, head of Scotsman media sales in London, has been appointed
group general display manager of the Scotsman Publications at the
Edinburgh head office. He will oversee all display business at the
Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, the Edinburgh Evening News and the Herald
and Post series.
Cable television penetration is at its highest level yet for the July
quarter, according to new figures released by the Independent Television
Commission. The 21.3 per cent rate marks a 0.3 per cent increase year on
year. The figure is down by 0.3 per cent on the April quarter, which is
in line with the usual seasonal dip.
Miller Freeman is to launch its latest travel title, Business Travel
News Europe, this month. The bi-monthly, controlled circulation
publication will target business travel managers across Europe.
Eleni Kyriacou is vacating the editor’s chair at Emap Elan’s New Woman
on 18 September to work on new magazine ideas in the publishing
company’s special projects department. Kyriacou was editor for two
Barclays has signed its first radio sponsorship deal in a tie-up with
Classic FM. The national classical music station’s Box Office show will
promote the Barclays Stage Partners autumn tour - eight theatrical
productions sponsored by Barclays and the Arts Council.
VNU Business Publications has acquired the European publishing licences
for the magaiznes Internet World, Web Week and Web Developer following
an agreement with the US Internet company, Mecklermedia. The deal, which
also involves the exhibition company, Learned Information, paves the way
for two Internet World events next year, one of which will be held at
Olympia in London in May.
European Business News, the pan-European cable and satellite channel,
has wrested ITN’s World News bulletin from its rival, NBC Super Channel.
EBN will give the programme its first showing in prime time on 9
September. The deal also includes the half-hour review show, World
Littlewoods Football Pools has won one of three Aerial Awards for the
month of August for its Classified Result ad, created by DMB&B as part
of its relaunch campaign. Other winners of the awards, which promote
creative excellence in radio advertising, were Nike, the Central Office
of Information and McDonald’s.
Cobbe Smith Terris, the hi-tech marketing and new-media agency, has
acquired the Brighton based programming and design company, Effective
Design and Communications. As part of the deal, ECD’s managing director
joins the board of CST as technical director and fourth equal
Link Magazines has acquired the Boatman from the receivers Haines Watts
and will incorporate the title into its traditional boating magazine,
Classic Boat, from October. The Boatman was previously published by
Waterside Publications, which only went into receivership last week.