MEDIA: FOR THE RECORD

Daily Mail & General Trust has agreed to buy Bristol United Press, publisher of The Bristol Evening Post and Western Daily Mail, for pounds 121.5 million. DMGT, which already owns 30 per cent of BUP, aims to consolidate its position in the west of England with the acquisition.

Daily Mail & General Trust has agreed to buy Bristol United Press,

publisher of The Bristol Evening Post and Western Daily Mail, for pounds

121.5 million. DMGT, which already owns 30 per cent of BUP, aims to

consolidate its position in the west of England with the

acquisition.





Smarterwork.com, an internet start-up that matches clients to online

suppliers, has appointed Walker Media as its agency. The service is due

to go live in the new year, with a projected media spend of pounds 3

million in 2000.





Loaded, the men’s lifestyle title, is to produce 100 different covers

for its January issue. Each cover will portray a cultural icon of this

century, including Laurel & Hardy, Muhammad Ali and Kate Moss. An

enclosed poster will feature all 100 front covers.





John Weir, group publisher of Future Publishing’s computer titles, has

been appointed to the board as publishing director. This move coincides

with Future Publishing’s plans to expand its internet publishing

division in 2000.





Attic Futura’s Bridget Marrison, publisher of Shine and Real Health and

Beauty, has been promoted to group publisher. She takes on additional

responsibility for TV Hits, Boyzone and special projects.





Metro, the free daily newspaper published by Associated Newspapers in

London and Manchester, has launched editions in the West Midlands and

central Scotland. Up to 100,000 copies of Metro West Midlands will be

available daily in Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton and 100,000

copies of Metro will be distributed in the central belt between Glasgow

and Edinburgh.





Fox Kids Europe has appointed Natalie Hugh, the former director of

business development at Discovery Communications, as managing director,

internet and new media. Hugh’s role is to develop pan-European online

strategy, manage new-media activities and develop interactive TV

applications linked to Fox Kids programming. She will report to Ynon

Kreiz, chief executive of Fox Kids Europe.





Vogue’s publishing director, Stephen Quinn, has been promoted to senior

publishing director of Conde Nast. He will take an overview of

advertising issues across the company’s portfolio and monitor overall

performance.





Capital Gold is launching its first major outdoor ad campaign since the

service was networked across its broadcast areas. The campaign focuses

on Tony Blackburn’s drive-time show and features bus-backs, 6-sheet

backlit panels and local press.





Procter & Gamble has booked all Admedia poster sites in baby changing

facilities across the UK in December and January as part of a campaign

to promote Pampers’ new Care Mats. In total, Admedia operates 10,000

Eyesite Washroom poster panels in 160 shopping centres and motorway

service stations throughout the UK.





Action 2000, the body responsible for promoting Y2K compliance, is to

run a pounds 630,000 regional press campaign through the Newspaper

Society’s Feature Link, to reassure people that local services will not

be affected by the millennium bug. Feature Link connects with 1,300

regional titles through a network of 750 co-ordinators. The campaign

kicks off on 13 December.





Emap is investing pounds 1 million in marketing its music channel, The

Box, and has unveiled a pounds 250,000 new look for the channel

including new logos, graphics, audio links and title sequences. It plans

to reposition The Box as a non-platform-specific media brand to coincide

with the launch of a refreshed Box website.





BSkyB has bought a 5 per cent stake in the UK online toy retailer,

Toyzone.co.uk. The alliance is Sky’s first equity investment in

e-commerce. Sky will grant Toyzone the sponsorship rights to Sky One’s

cartoon series, Pokemon, and related programming. Sky will promote the

online site in its TV listings magazine, Skyview.



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Digital marketing executives oversee the online marketing strategy for their organisation. They plan and execute digital (including email) marketing campaigns and design, maintain and supply content for the organisation's website(s).