MEDIA: FOR THE RECORD

British Interactive Broadcasting has appointed James Ackerman, currently the head of Sky Television’s joint venture channels, as its chief executive after the incumbent, David Hilton, resigned suddenly last week. BIB is the joint venture between BSkyB, BT, Midland Bank and Matsushita.

British Interactive Broadcasting has appointed James Ackerman,

currently the head of Sky Television’s joint venture channels, as its

chief executive after the incumbent, David Hilton, resigned suddenly

last week. BIB is the joint venture between BSkyB, BT, Midland Bank and

Matsushita.



Commercial radio has achieved an annual share in excess of 5 per cent

for the first time. The Advertising Association’s recent quarterly

survey of advertising expenditure shows that commercial radio has held a

5.1 per cent share of the market over the 12 months ending March 1998.

This quarter is the third in a row in which expenditure has been over 5

per cent. Justin Sampson, the operations director of the Radio

Advertising Bureau, said: ’Such sustained growth is a demonstration of

advertisers’ increased confidence in radio.’



Insight Media has launched an advertising space on the back of airline

tickets. The initiative is designed to reach 257 million air travellers

a year through IATA tickets and Insight believes it can offer

advertisers a target audience comprising 82.3 per cent ABC1s.



The Guardian and Observer have promoted Chris Pelakanou, the newspaper

group head, and Adam Freeman, the magazine group head, to agency sales

managers. Penny Stokes takes on a new role as the head of agency

strategy and development; Mary O’Hara will head a new integrated

solutions unit incorporating the sponsorship department; and Nick

Gillett is promoted to internet sales manager.



Tony Illsley, the president of Walkers Snack Foods, is tipped to take

over as the chief executive of the UK’s second largest cable operator,

Telewest. The previous chief executive, Stephen Davidson, resigned in

April.



Emap Elan has brought in Jo Elvin to edit New Woman, succeeding Dawn

Bebe who was recently promoted to publishing director of the title.

Elvin was the launch editor for Attic Futura’s B magazine, and editor of

its sister title, Sugar. She has recently been freelancing at Emap

Elan’s More magazine.



WV Publications, the publisher of What Video & TV, is launching Women’s

Health on 10 September. The magazine will focus on fitness, fashion and

beauty, and claims it will take an ’alternative look’ at the issues,

leaving out ’skinny models’ and featuring less conventional subjects

such as tattoos and kick boxing. Women’s Health will run monthly at

pounds 2.50.



David Atkey, part of Atlantic 252’s launch team, has been brought back

to the radio station as its operations controller. Atkey was formerly at

Talk Radio, Atlantic’s sister station. His remit will include

responsibility for the station’s interaction with its core 15- to

24-year-old audience.



Roger Luard, the group chief executive of Flextech, has died after a

brief neurological illness. Luard became the chief executive in 1986

when Flextech was a small oil services company, and oversaw its growth

as it became the largest provider of television channels to the UK’s

cable and satellite market. A fund is being established to sponsor

neurological research, to which donations may be made at: The

Quadrangle, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1YX.



Capital Advertising has signed a new deal with Pepsi which sees the

drink’s sponsorship of the Pepsi Chart extended into the year 2000. The

deal was extended live on air across 80 commercial stations on the fifth

anniversary of the first Pepsi Chart show.



Talk Radio has secured exclusive radio commentary of Manchester United’s

Champions League campaign, which follows its deal with exclusive

broadcasts of Chelsea’s European Cup Winners’ Cup games.



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