MEDIA: FOR THE RECORD

United News and Media, the publisher of the Sunday and Daily Express and the Daily Star, has announced static pre-tax profits of pounds 138 million for 1995, before restructuring costs of more than pounds 30 million. United, which merged with the Anglia and Meridian ITV franchise holder, MAI, in February, recorded a 2 per cent fall in national newspaper ad revenues on 1994, although its regional newspaper revenues increased by 3 per cent.

United News and Media, the publisher of the Sunday and Daily Express and

the Daily Star, has announced static pre-tax profits of pounds 138

million for 1995, before restructuring costs of more than pounds 30

million. United, which merged with the Anglia and Meridian ITV franchise

holder, MAI, in February, recorded a 2 per cent fall in national

newspaper ad revenues on 1994, although its regional newspaper revenues

increased by 3 per cent.



The Granada Media Group, headed by the newly appointed Duncan Lewis, the

former chief executive of Mercury Communications, is planning to expand

into Europe. The company is examining the potential for low-cost

television channels on the Continent and has not ruled out the

possibility of a European expansion.



Future Publishing has recruited Richard Brook, formerly the publishing

director of IPC Magazines’ Southbank Home Interest group, as the

publisher of Total Football, Football Italia and First XV. Richard Jones

has been promoted from deputy to editor of Total Football, following the

departure of the editor, Gary Whitta.



Last week’s announcement of a merger between the German media group,

Bertelsmann, and Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Telediffusion will create

Europe’s biggest broadcaster. The new company’s interests include stakes

in the RTL channels in Germany and the Netherlands as well as Channel 5

in the UK.



A bus advertising campaign for London Zoo from Harari Page and CIA

Medianetwork has emerged as the winner in new awards for bus advertising

design. Instigated by Buspak, the awards aim to raise awareness of and

improve bus advertising creative work.



The US broadcaster, NBC, is planning the launch of a number of TV

channels for computer users across Europe. The channels would include a

range of educational programming focused on the latest computer

equipment. Microsoft is expected to join NBC on the project.



Gruner and Jahr’s Prima magazine has introduced a series of personnel

changes in its advertising department. The ad controller, Linda Hewitt,

has resigned and is being replaced by Annette Burns, formerly ad manager

on Best. Meanwhile, Rebecca Hobbs has been promoted to ad manager from

advertisement executive.



Videotron Holdings, the UK’s sixth largest cable operator, is in talks

with Europe’s biggest telecoms group, Deutsche Telekom. Videotron’s

Canadian parent has put a majority stake in the UK company on the market

following its disappointing performance.



The Sunday Times is increasing its Scottish coverage by 50 per cent with

extra Scottish pages in the main news, Business and Sport, and

Appointments sections, as well as a new 12-page broadsheet lifestyle and

listings supplement, called Ecosse. The changes will take place from

Sunday 14 April.



The outdoor advertising contractor, Adspace 2000, has joined forces with

the London Borough of Brent to offer advertisers a range of ad sites

around Wembley during the European football championships. Key locations

include major roundabouts.



The Media Business Group has picked up the pounds 500,000 media account

for the Florin Group’s Travelbase business. The telephone-based travel

agency currently puts the majority of its budget through ITV’s Teletext.



Peter Souter, deputy creative director of Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, is

to chair the radio industry’s 1996 Aerial Awards. The awards will be

presented at Bafta in October and the closing date for entries is 5

July.



Talk Radio UK has signed a deal with Mercury to enable listeners to call

the station free by using a Mercury FreeCall 0500 number. In a contra

deal, Mercury will pick up the bill for all listener calls for one year

in return for free on-air plugs.



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