David Newell, deputy director of the Newspaper Society, will succeed the
current director, Dugal Nisbet-Smith, when he retires next March. Newell
has been deputy director since 1992 and during that time he steered the
Newspaper Society’s campaign for amendments to the Broadcasting Bill to
its successful conclusion last month. He has also been active in the
industry’s anti-VAT campaigns.
The Radio Advertising Bureau is launching its Internet Website after six
months in research and development. RAB On-line contains all the
information that the RAB holds. The information is split into four
sections: Wireless works, What’s new, Wireless wisdom and Wireless
world. The site can be found at: http//:www. rab.co.uk.
Pearson New Entertainment, a division of Pearson, has acquired Edicorp
Publications, a Paris-based publisher of computer magazines. Edicorp
publishes Windows News, Home PC and CD-Rom Magazine. Edicorp plans to
launch titles using material licensed from PNE’s UK magazine subsidiary,
Future Publishing, in line with the company’s policy of providing
entertainment products for 14- to 40-year-old men.
The Independent Television Commission’s new measure of cable penetration
reveals that 30.6 per cent of homes in cabled areas are connected to the
local system. Other findings indicate that the average monthly
subscription paid by cable television customers has risen to pounds
24.98 compared with pounds 23.32 a year ago; while in the past three
months, the number of residential telephone lines has increased by
182,000 to almost 1.47 million, meaning that more homes now have a cable
telephone than cable television.
Dennis Publishing has acquired a majority stake, 51 per cent, in the
Week, the weekly news magazine currently available only on subscription.
The magazine was launched in May 1995 by the ex-Sunday Telegraph deputy
editor, Jon Connell. The Week will now be published in association with
Dennis and is set to go on sale on newsstands from the autumn.
The first large-scale survey of the commercial use of the Internet is
being conducted by the Interactive Media in Retail Group. Early findings
show that 59 per cent of respondents expect a competitor’s use of the
Internet to become threatening and 32 per cent expect competitive threat
from the Internet as early as 1996 or 1997. More than 5,000 UK
retailers, banks and commercial organisations were invited to take part
in the survey. Complete findings will be unveiled on 4 July.
UK Living has increased its individual weekly reach by 54.8 per cent in
the six months from October 1995 to April 1996, according to the latest
Barb figures. The figures mean UK Living was the UK’s fastest growing
non-terrestrial channel during this period. According to Barb, UK
Living’s audience grew from 1.9 million to 2.9 million. The 16- to 34-
year-old male audience increased by 136 per cent from April 1995 to
From this week free media advice is available on the Internet from the
Media Business Website, to be known as Ask the Media Man
(http://www.mediabiz.co.uk). The ‘media man’ answers all questions
through his Web clinic within 24 hours and the most interesting
questions will be posted on the site for others to read.
More O’Ferrall has appointed Coline McConville as group development
director. McConville joins from the strategy consultant, McKinsey, and
will be responsible for two main areas: identification and development
of new business opportunities and transfer of best practice within More
O’Ferrall’s network worldwide. McConville was at McKinsey’s for 18
months and worked for a number of clients in the media and retail