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
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
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
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
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.