MEDIA: For the record

The US cable company, Flextech, is understood to be in talks with Pearson about acquiring its minority stake in the cable and satellite TV channels, UK Gold and UK Living. Flextech has been looking for some time to increase its holding in the two channels, and it has also been talking to Cox about acquiring its stake. Flextech already has an interest in cable and satellite channels such as Bravo and Discovery.

The US cable company, Flextech, is understood to be in talks with

Pearson about acquiring its minority stake in the cable and satellite TV

channels, UK Gold and UK Living. Flextech has been looking for some time

to increase its holding in the two channels, and it has also been

talking to Cox about acquiring its stake. Flextech already has an

interest in cable and satellite channels such as Bravo and Discovery.



The Daily Express has hired its first creative director to look at all

aspects of design. John Tennant joins the Express from the magazine

publisher, IPC, where he was the creative director of Woman’s Journal.



The independent publisher, Lindforth Publishing, is launching a glossy

quarterly magazine for ‘independent people’ in September. Mono will

avoid relationship issues and aim to inspire single people to lead full

lives without a partner. The first issue is due to be released on 26

September and will cost pounds 2.10.



Mirror Group and United News and Media have emerged as potential bidders

for Pearson’s regional newspaper interests, Westminster Press, which

will cost pounds 300 million. Mirror Group, led by its chief executive,

David Montgomery, is bidding with its Irish newspaper partner,

Independent Newspapers.



The US publisher, Weider, is to launch a magazine in the UK at the end

of this year. Shape will be a women’s fitness, health and travel

magazine, with celebrity interviews. It is the company’s third launch in

this country. Weider also publishes Flex and Muscle Fitness.



Independent Radio Group has acquired Central Scotland Radio, which

operates the Scot FM regional commercial radio station, for pounds 5.25

million. IRG is a new independent company that was set up with the aim

of expanding in the radio medium through the acquisition of majority

interests in UK regional and local commercial radio stations.



Miller Freeman Technical has added a new title to its engineering

portfolio with the launch of What’s New in Process and Control. The

magazine will be published ten times a year and aims to meet the growing

demand for a title to serve the process engineering industry and the

controls and instrumentation sector.



If you’re going to use sex to sell a product then it has to be relevant

to that product, and humour makes acceptable what would otherwise be

regarded as tasteless, delegates at last week’s Marketing Society debate

were told. Charley Varley, the head of European operations at Eurospace,

and Tamara Ingram, the joint chief executive of Saatchi and Saatchi,

told delegates how sexy ads for Wonderbra and Club 18-30 had helped to

boost sales and awareness.



Paragon Publishing is to sell two of its magazines, PC Power and

Ultimate Player, to Rapide Publishing. It will also close its monthly

titles, Saturn+ and 3DO Magazine. Up to 25 staff are expected to lose

their jobs.



A magazine targeting sci-fi fans launches this month through a new

publishing company, Starlite. Infinity will cost pounds 2.50 and

launches on the back of the hype surrounding the UK launch of the US

box-office hit, Independence Day.



Stroudgate International, publisher of the society magazine, Dempsters,

has recruited Julian Clark to head its ad sales department. Clark, who

was previously a group sales manager at IPC Magazines, is charged with

expanding the magazine’s advertising base in categories such as fashion,

fragrances and luxury goods.



Haymarket Publishing has secured a deal with the online service, AOL, to

put its automotive magazines, Autosport and What Car?, on to the

Internet. Interactive versions of the titles will be available to

consumers and advertisers from this summer.



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