BMP Optimum has hired John Walker to join its new radio unit under
Jonathan Gillespie, the head of radio. Walker, who leaves Zenith Media,
will join as a senior planner/buyer, and will work on Vodafone,
Budweiser, Vernons and Thomson Holidays.
The Radio Authority has submitted written evidence to the Select
Committee on Culture, Media and Sport in response to its inquiry into
audio-visual communications and the regulation of broadcasting. Key
points include the agreement that commercial radio, and radio as a
whole, is a distinct medium and should not have television or
telecommunications solutions imposed on it. This is an issue that
currently stands in the way of plurality of ownership, highlighted by
the Virgin/Capital merger being referred to the Monopolies and Mergers
The National Magazine Company has named its parenting magazine - known
as Project P - as M magazine. The title is aimed at parents of children
aged one to ten years and will cost pounds 2.20. It will be launched on
4 May with a print run of 150,000. The editor, Rachel Shattock
(pictured), said: ’What’s really different about M is that it’s a new
hybrid magazine - with one foot in the lifestyle of today’s parents and
the other in parenting subjects such as education, health and the art of
parenting itself.’ Three issues will be published before the title goes
monthly in February 1999.
Transmitter coverage of the BBC’s digital radio services can now reach
60 per cent of the UK population - more than 30 million people. There
are now, as planned, 27 transmitters in operation for the BBC’s national
Digital Audio Broadcasting multiplex.
Vauxhall Omega is to link up with Classic FM’s Smooth Classics programme
in a sponsorship package which runs from April to the end of the year.
The deal, put together by Western International Media, includes
advertising in Classic FM magazine and sponsorship of a Smooth Classics
Mirror Group announced a series of appointments last week. Chris Oakley,
managing director of Mirror Regional Newspapers, is leaving to join YPG
Group as chief executive. YPG is the company which has been formed to
buy the UPN regional newspaper interests from United News & Media.
Mirror Group’s finance director, John Allwood, will succeed Oakley.
Martin Clarke, editor of the Scotsman, has been named as the
editor-in-chief of the Daily Record and the Sunday Mail.
Crash FM, the new Liverpool radio station backed by Xfm’s Chris Parry
(pictured) and Jonathan Arendt of Hallett Arendt, among others, will
launch on Friday, with Janice Long as its flagship presenter. The launch
will be supported by a Guinness-sponsored pounds 100,000 ad campaign by
the Union North with media buying from the Media Business North. The
promotional activity will include cover-mounted CDs in the North-west
edition of the Big Issue and a 30-second TV and cinema commercial.
Following David Snedden’s decision to retire from the board of Trinity
International Holdings, Peter Birch is to take the helm from 18 June.
Birch was chief executive of Abbey National Group until he retired last
month. The announcement coincided with the release of Trinity’s annual
results which revealed a 2.3 per cent decline in turnover to pounds
324.8 million on net profits of pounds 44.07 million, up just under 13
per cent year on year.
The Jewish community will get its own TV channel, JTV, when digital
television launches later this year. David Elstein, the chief executive
of Channel 5, Lynne Franks, the PR guru, and Lord Janner and Lord Stone,
the joint managing directors of Marks & Spencer, are among members of
the JTV Council offering strategic support to the channel.