Sky Television has unveiled a pounds 130 million programme line-up for
the autumn, headlined by movies that include Dumb and Dumber, Muriel’s
Wedding and Legends of the Fall. New shows on the two entertainment
channels - Sky One and Sky Two - include Xena: Warrior Princess and the
New Adventures of Superman. Sky has also unveiled a new prime-time
channel, the Computer Channel, which will broadcast from 6pm to 8pm
seven days a week.
The Eastern Daily Press, Norfolk’s morning daily, is switching to a
tabloid format next month in the biggest revamp in the paper’s 120-year
history. Next month’s revamp will be accompanied by a regional
television, radio and press campaign through the Point, which is
designed to position the title towards a slightly younger reader
John Beadell, the chief executive of the Audit Bureau of Circulations
for the past five years, is leaving the organisation to set up as an
independent consultant. Beadell oversaw innovations such as the
simultaneous release of consumer magazine audits and Internet auditing
during his time at the bureau.
The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising has elected Advertising
Principles and Expert Media to its ranks, bringing the total number of
agencies in the membership to 225.
The Newspaper Society is to lead the European Newspaper Publishers
Association’s discussions with the European Commission, following the
disclosure of an advance draft of the EC’s proposals for media ownership
reform. As the existing proposals would not permit ownership links
between much of the regional press and TV companies.
House Beautiful’s November issue will be the largest since the magazine
launched in 1989. The magazine will contain 240 pages and be perfect
bound for the first time. The title recorded an ABC of 312,309 in the
first six months of the year.
New Wave Broadcasting, one of the bidders for the Brighton and Hove
radio licence which is being advertised this month by the Radio
Authority, has announced its bid team. The board comprises assorted
local businessmen and David Atkey, currently the operations director at
Talk Radio, the national commercial speech-based station. He will
represent CLT’s 20 per cent stake in New Wave.
The first issue of IPC’s Eat Soup magazine launches this week with an
initial print run of 70,000. The bi-monthly title comes from IPC’s
Loaded stable and features cooking, eating out, drinking and travel. IPC
says it is looking for a first ABC of 45,000 for the title.
VNU Business Publications has relaunched PC Week with a complete
redesign and a new editorial focus. The redesign was completed by the
former Business Age art director, Andy Bunyan, to include more colour,
while the editorial will have more US content.
The Commercial Radio Companies Association has presented its annual
awards as part of the Commercial Radio Convention in central London. The
blue riband prize for excellence in station marketing was won by
Downtown Radio’s promotion and programming department.
Nigel Reeve, the sales director of Classic FM, has been confirmed as the
new managing director of London News Radio (Campaign, last week). Reeve
joins the speech-based London stations on 1 January next year. Classic
FM’s parent, the GWR Group, is a member of the consortium that controls
The BBC has confirmed that it will be launching a raft of new
subscription channels next year with Flextech, the cable and satellite
programming subsidiary of America’s largest cable company,