United News & Media has made a pounds 571.4 million offer for the
US technology media company, CMP Media. United is keen to integrate the
company into its Miller Freeman trade show and publishing business,
making it a leading online provider of business-to-business products and
services for the technology market. Lord Hollick, United News’s chief
executive, said: ’This is bang in line with our strategy of moving into
Carlton Communications is making its first move to enter the continental
European pay-TV market, joining a Spanish consortium which is bidding
for a digital terrestrial TV licence in Spain. The Spanish telephone
company, Retevision, is leading the bid which the consortium submitted
Existing TV operators in Spain have been excluded from the contest.
Rapture TV, the cable and satellite channel for teenagers, has appointed
the production company, The Directory, to work on the channel’s biggest
TV advertising campaign so far. The ads will be produced and directed by
Cris Mudge and are due to break in early May. Press advertising for
Rapture TV is handled by Arc.
Scottish Radio Holdings has made another purchase in the outdoor
advertising sector, acquiring Parkin Advertising for pounds 8.9 million.
SRH bought the Scottish outdoor firm, Trainor, earlier this year. Parkin
has around 1,100 poster sites in Wales and the West.
Maiden Outdoor is offering its fmcg advertisers a money-back guarantee
on its point-of-sale supermarket six-sheet posters until the end of
August, if the products advertised do not show a demonstrable sales
increase. The offer covers 900 six-sheet panels in Asda, Safeway,
Somerfield and Kwik Save stores.
David Cooper, the manager of Maiden’s out of car division, said: ’This
offer is designed to encourage more fmcg advertisers to try the medium
and see for themselves how effective it can be.’
The Evening Standard has appointed Tim Freeman as its circulation
Freeman, who was previously international circulation director of
Billboard, will be responsible for developing sales of the paper through
independent and multiple CTNs.
Vanity Fair’s editor, Graydon Carter, has been awarded the US National
Magazine Award for general excellence among magazines with a circulation
of more than one million. The judges singled out the magazine’s
’wonderful writing’ and ’stimulating cultural commentary’ as reasons for
This is the second time in three years that Carter has scooped the
Warner Bros Cinemas has appointed Bates Interactive to create a web
presence for the cinema chain after a competitive pitch against a number
of unknown agencies. The win follows Bates’ appointment to a global
branding initiative for Cable & Wireless.
The Mirror Group has signed up UK financial website, MoneyWorld, to
provide the money channel for its free internet access portal, ic24.
MoneyWorld will supply content which includes share prices, tourist
currency rates, mortgage and saving information as well as an online
insurance quote service.
The media group, Pearson, which announced last Friday that its
’businesses are trading very much in line with projections’, has
appointed Lord Burns as non-executive director. Burns was a former
Government chief economic adviser and until last year was permanent
secretary of HM Treasury.
Parliamentary Communications, which publishes The House Magazine and The
Parliament Magazine, has launched Holyrood as Scotland prepares to elect
its first Parliament for three centuries. The fortnightly magazine,
launched on Monday, will aim to provide impartial and incisive
commentary on Scottish politics.