MEDIA: FOR THE RECORD

The Express is the latest newspaper to offer a subscription-free internet service, co-branded with LineOne, the internet service provider and online information service jointly owned by BT and the owner of The Express, United News & Media. News International withdrew from its online venture with LineOne earlier this year, to launch its own free internet service, currantbun.com.

The Express is the latest newspaper to offer a subscription-free

internet service, co-branded with LineOne, the internet service provider

and online information service jointly owned by BT and the owner of The

Express, United News & Media. News International withdrew from its

online venture with LineOne earlier this year, to launch its own free

internet service, currantbun.com.



The Paramount Comedy Channel has launched its own website featuring

listings information, the chance to preview shows, details of the cast

of famous comedies, such as Frasier and Cheers, and opportunities to

purchase merchandise. The site has been designed by new-media agency,

Razorfish, and can be found at www.paramountcomedy.co.uk.



The Independent Television Commission has revoked the broadcast licence

for the satellite channel, Med TV. The channel, aimed at a Kurdish

audience, has been suspended since 22 March after the ITC ruled that

several broadcasts were likely to encourage or incite crime or

disorder.



Initiative Media’s broadcast director, David Cuff, has made a number of

promotions in his broadcast department. Katherine Rigg and Steve Baker

have been promoted to TV directors, while Richard Baker, Matt Eaton and

Zoe Winter have been appointed as TV group controllers.



IPC Magazines is extending the Country Life brand with the launch of a

pilot magazine, Country Life Art & Antiques on 6 May. The 196-page

glossy magazine will look at the antiques trade, the internet and how to

buy antiques abroad. Its publisher, Evelyn Webster, said: ’I announced

last year our plans to develop a series of Country Life brand

extensions, and this is a step in that direction.’ The magazine will

cost pounds 3.95.



Following a five-way pitch, Cabal Communications has won the contract to

produce an internal communications magazine for Scottish Telecom. The

first issue of the bi-monthly title, called Voice, will be published on

28 April.



Vauxhall is mailing its fleet customers with a new magazine, VM The

Vauxhall Business Partners Magazine, which will have a circulation of

around 15,000. The magazine, produced by Premier Magazines, the contract

publisher, will aim to build a dialogue with existing Vauxhall buyers

and prospective buyers.



Xfm has taken on a new programme controller, Andrew Phillips, who will

join in mid-May. Phillips moves from another Capital Radio-owned

station, Kent-based Invicta FM, where he held the same position. He will

report directly to Clive Dickens, the group head of programming for

Xfm.



BBC Online is the UK’s most popular content website, according to ABC

audit figures for March 1999. More than three million people visit the

site, www.bbc.co.uk, each month, giving more than 80 million page

impressions. The news section is the most popular part of the site, with

41 million page impressions in March, which can largely be attributed to

the service’s coverage of the Kosovo crisis.



Telecom Italia plans to sell a total of 65 per cent of its Stream pay-TV

operation to three buyers. News Corp will buy 30 per cent, Italy’s

Cecchi Gori Group will take on 20 per cent and the remaining 15 per cent

will go to a consortium of the Parma, Lazio, Fiorentina and Roma

football clubs.



Scottish Media Group has appointed Don Cruickshank its non-executive

chairman with effect from 1 June. Cruickshank leads Action 2000 and is a

former director general of Oftel. At SMG, Cruickshank plans to develop

the company as an independent, broad-based media group.



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