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,
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
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.