MEDIA: FOR THE RECORD

David Montgomery, chief executive of Mirror Group, has denied speculation that the company is about to sell its 20 per cent stake in Scottish Media Group, one of the four largest ITV companies. Analysts believe United News & Media, owner of three ITV franchises, could eventually mount a takeover bid. Terry Connor, Mirror Group’s group development director, said the rumours stemmed from Axel Springer’s possible takeover of Mirror Group, and that Mirror Group’s share of Scottish was ’kept under constant review’.

David Montgomery, chief executive of Mirror Group, has denied

speculation that the company is about to sell its 20 per cent stake in

Scottish Media Group, one of the four largest ITV companies. Analysts

believe United News & Media, owner of three ITV franchises, could

eventually mount a takeover bid. Terry Connor, Mirror Group’s group

development director, said the rumours stemmed from Axel Springer’s

possible takeover of Mirror Group, and that Mirror Group’s share of

Scottish was ’kept under constant review’.



Coldseal, the double glazing company and GWR’s biggest spending client,

turned round a football ad within one hour of England’s 2-0 victory over

Tunisia in last week’s first round World Cup match. The ads, featuring

football effects and impressions of Jimmy Hill and Des Lynam, were

recorded 40 minutes after the final whistle, and the ads went out over

51 stations a further 20 minutes later.



Heart 106.2, part of Chrysalis Radio, has branded a fleet of London

Taxis with the Heart logo. Forty taxis, the first of the new TX1 models

to be liveried, will carry the branding, and their drivers will play

Heart in the cab.



Bloomberg Television announced its first screen sponsorship deal this

week through Booth Lockett Makin. Heathrow Express has taken advantage

of the different elements of the Bloomberg screen and has branded the

clock in the graphical ’L’ portion of the screen.



Research carried out by Universal McCann has unearthed underlying

attitudes between European countries towards their fellow nations. The

Media in Mind research tracked 6,000 adults in ten European countries,

and reveals that nearly half of the British prefer products made in

their own country, and a quarter of Germans would ’rather not’ buy a

product made in the UK. Over the entire sample, 40 per cent of

respondents feel that English will be the official language for all

developed countries in the future.



Galaxy, Chrysalis Radio’s dance brand, has joined forces with Malibu,

the UDV-owned drink, to produce a CD of dance music for general sale in

shops. Mixed by the Galaxy DJ, Graeme Park, Malibu Massive will be

supported by club nights and on-air promotion.



The Future Publishing title, Redline, launches this week with a special

cover price of pounds 1, which will rise to pounds 2.75. The strapline,

’dragging motoring down to our level’, suggests the irreverent nature of

the magazine, which is aimed at British male car enthusiasts.



The Independent Television Commission is to relax the timing

restrictions relating to sanitary protection advertising. The changes

will allow sanpro commercials in and around all programmes except

children’s shows, and other programmes which have particular appeal to

under-tens. Existing restrictions, which allow ads between 9am and 4pm,

and again after 9pm, have resulted in an artificial concentration of the

ads after the watershed.



The changes will come into effect on 1 August, and will be reviewed

after one year.



Anna Raeburn, the winner of the Sony Radio Awards’ talk/news broadcaster

of the year accolade, has been rewarded with a peak daytime slot on

Talk.



Her show moves from its 7pm-9pm slot to 1pm-3pm, Mondays to Fridays.

Danny Baker and Danny Kelly will return to their Saturday afternoon

football slot when the season commences in August.



Total Media picked up the media planning and buying for Newman Carter

Hill, the technology-specific integrated communications agency, this

week.



The agency won assignments from Downtown Pictures and South African

Products International last week.



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