MEDIA: FOR THE RECORD

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.

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

LBC listeners.



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

stations.



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

mass-market TV.



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

cent.



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.



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