MEDIA: FOR THE RECORD

Doug Flynn, the managing director of News International, has been elected the Newspaper Publishers Association’s new chairman with immediate effect. He replaces Nicholas Rudd-Jones, the former managing director of Express Newspapers, who has moved to a senior new-media position within the United News & Media group. Flynn will serve as chairman until November 1999.

Doug Flynn, the managing director of News International, has been

elected the Newspaper Publishers Association’s new chairman with

immediate effect. He replaces Nicholas Rudd-Jones, the former managing

director of Express Newspapers, who has moved to a senior new-media

position within the United News & Media group. Flynn will serve as

chairman until November 1999.



Commercial radio’s total revenue for the last full year has grown 18.6

per cent from the previous year. It now stands at pounds 434 million,

and accounted for 5.5 per cent of total display in the last quarter of

1998. After radio, the second largest growth was seen in colour

supplements, with an 11.7 per cent growth, year on year.



Channel 4 has redesigned its website to complement its new on-screen

branding and strengthen its advertising, sponsorship and e-commerce

revenue.



The new-look site (www.channel4.com) includes a forum for viewers to

interact with Channel 4 stars, a comprehensive listings section,

detailed programme information and e-commerce links to the Internet

Music and Video Store and Channel 4 merchandise sites.



The US business-to-business publisher, Cahners Business Information, has

formed a joint venture with Pan European Publishing of Belgium to create

a third company, Cahners Europe, which will publish, launch and acquire

business magazines in Europe.



The London-based company will be run by Mike Hancock, who will also

continue as Cahners’ vice-president of international sales. Both

companies are subsidiaries of Reed Elsevier.



Capital Radio’s first-half pre-tax profits have been hit by its

investment in Xfm and its restaurant interests, and fell from pounds

16.9 million to pounds 13.7 million. The bulk of the downturn stems from

a pounds 4.5 million write-off when Capital acquired Xfm for pounds 15

million. At the time of the acquisition, the group predicted that the

station would not make a profit for three years.



Farrow & Ball, the paint and wallpaper manufacturer, has launched a

customer magazine called Archive: The Farrow and Ball Magazine which

will be distributed to the company’s mail-order customers and, for the

first issue, to World of Interiors subscribers.



The magazine has been produced by 21 Carrot and will launch in July.



Electrolux Floorcare Europe has appointed Motive Communications to

handle its media strategy and management across Europe. Planning on the

account will be handled from Motive’s London office and Motive

International will implement and manage local execution through buying

agencies in each country.



Adam Turner, the commercial director of Emap Radio’s Kiss FM, has moved

to the company’s sales operation, Emap On Air, where he will take on the

newly created title of business director for music. Taking his place is

Mark Hassall, commercial director for Magic FM, who will retain his

responsibility for that station. Turner’s role will focus on developing

Emap On Air’s relationship with clients.



Poster Publicity has poached Maxine Taylor from Portland Outdoor to take

up the post of account director. Taylor had responsibility for Camelot

and Scottish Courage at Portland and has 15 years of experience in the

outdoor business.



Kelvin MacKenzie’s Talk Radio is poised to buy the Bay radio station

from its current owner, the disgraced media and football club owner,

Owen Oyston. Oyston, who was convicted of rape and indecent assault in

1996, is currently in jail and was declared ’unfit’ to run a radio

station by the Radio Authority. TalkCo is expected to pay an estimated

pounds 3.5 million for the station which broadcasts across Morecambe.

Talk is also thought to have been offered three Northern Ireland

stations owned by Oyston.