The Government is expected to order the cessation of analogue
television by the year 2013, rather than 2003, after deciding that the
original plan to cut off analogue five years into the launch of digital
TV was impractical. The final decision will be taken after a public
consultation, launched last week.
Flextech could launch its own digital satellite service if talks to form
part of BSkyB’s digital package fail. Flextech could join forces with
Turner Broadcasting and Microsoft to rival the BSkyB digital satellite
service, according to reports.
Stephen Maher’s Maher Bird Associates has won London News Radio’s
inaugural Speakeasy Award. Maher Bird’s ad for the Anti-Racist Alliance
Educational Trust, ’bus stop’, was voted for by 2,000 News Direct and
Carlton Select, the cable TV channel, has signed a five-figure
sponsorship deal with ATI Security for its Crime Time programming in
March. ATI Security, makers of domestic home security systems, will
receive sponsorship credits on selected Crime Time programmes throughout
the month, as well as a package of advertising and promotions.
DMG Radio has gained a controlling interest in Essex Radio following
acceptances of its offer representing a further 19.5 per cent of the
company, taking its total interest to 60.5 per cent. The shares were
owned by Capital Radio, which sold them as part of its strategy to
develop the business as a group of wholly owned or controlled
BT has announced plans to offer broadcast services over the Internet,
including video on demand and specialist channels. However, announcing
its third quarter results last week, BT ruled out immediate entry into
The Economist Group is launching a monthly magazine on 24 April which
will target Europe’s top corporate financial executives. Charlotte
Hollingshead, who has been with the Economist since 1992, will be the
new title’s advertising director.
The National Magazine Company title, Cosmopolitan, is developing its
licen-sed products with the launch of a range of handbags, backpacks and
cosmetic bags on 1 March.
Trinity International appears to be leading the race to buy to United
News & Media’s 31 Northern newspapers. The titles, which include the
Yorkshire Post, have been up for sale since December. Two venture
capital groups, CVC Capital Partners and Candover Investments, are also
believed to have made bids.
The Mirror has reported a 4.7 per cent increase in its January ABC
figures, compared with a 1.7 per cent for the Sun. The Daily Telegraph’s
sales were stable compared with a 7.5 per cent hike for the Times. The
Sunday Telegraph posted a 1.2 per cent decline, while the Sunday Times
was up almost 5 per cent. The Financial Times was down just under 3 per
Emap On Air has appointed Denise Parkinson to the position of
new-business manager with particular emphasis on the film and music
industry. Parkinson comes from Artificial Eye Film Distributors, where
she was marketing manager for theatrical and video.
David Arculus, chief operating officer at United News & Media, has
resigned to become chairman of IPC Magazines, which was recently sold by
Reed Elsevier in a management buyout backed by Cinven. The venture
capital group has appointed Arculus for two days a week and he will work
alongside IPC’s chief executive, Mike Matthew. Before joining United
News & Media, Arculus was group managing director at Emap.