MEDIA: FOR THE RECORD

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.

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

1996.



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

sectors.