MEDIA: FOR THE RECORD

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 high-growth markets.’

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

high-growth markets.’



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

last Friday.



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

manager.



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

the accolade.



This is the second time in three years that Carter has scooped the

award.



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.