MEDIA: FOR THE RECORD

The Times is undergoing a major revamp from 13 March, with the two broadsheet sections being replaced by a single broadsheet format covering news and comment. Times 2 will be changed into a tabloid section to provide a more accessible features and arts section. Peter Stothard, the editor of The Times, said of the changes: ’Readers and advertisers alike will benefit from this major redesign.’

The Times is undergoing a major revamp from 13 March, with the two

broadsheet sections being replaced by a single broadsheet format

covering news and comment. Times 2 will be changed into a tabloid

section to provide a more accessible features and arts section. Peter

Stothard, the editor of The Times, said of the changes: ’Readers and

advertisers alike will benefit from this major redesign.’





Online TV shoppping is taking off much faster than e-commerce via PCs

according to a new survey by BMRB. In the two months since the launch of

interactive services, 7 per cent of Sky Digital viewers have made a

purchase via their TV. The same levels of sales were only reached in the

internet market at the end of 1996, several years after the service

became available.





IPC Southbank is revamping its teen title, 19. From next month the title

will be printed on glossier paper and feature more ’vibrant’ articles

and more reader interaction. The magazine’s circulation was down 26.9

per cent year on year in the latest set of ABCs to 126,606 (July to

December, 1999).





Rapture TV’s director of programmes, Richard Kilgarriff, has quit the

youth channel to start his own multimedia entertainment service.

Kilgarriff was promoted last August to oversee the channel’s revamp as a

seven-day-week channel.





Sports Internet is to manage The Wireless Group’s website,

talkSport.net, developing its sports-related content and e-commerce

opportunities. TalkSPORT has also announced that it has secured a triple

sponsorship deal with the Nationwide Building Society, making it The

Wireless Group’s biggest deal so far. Nationwide will sponsor the Kevin

Keegan phone-in, all of England’s internationals in the run-up to Euro

2000 and the coverage of the football championship itself.





BSkyB and Tottenham Hotspur have teamed up to design, develop and

maintain the football club’s website. Sky will produce the revamped site

- which will still be at www.spurs.co.uk - and develop new online links

and opportunities.





IPC Southbank’s Nova will relaunch on 4 May, supported by a pounds 2.5

million TV and poster campaign. The initial print run will be 300,000

and agencies have been given a sales guarantee of between 70,000 and

80,000. The cover price will be pounds 2.60.





BJK&E@dvance, BJK&E Media’s technology and international arm, has

poached Michele Votta from MediaCom TMB’s South American agency, which

he set up, to head the operation. He will report to the agency’s

managing director, Mark Patterson, and lead a five-strong team.





The Hallmark Entertainment Channel, the new broadcaster on Sky Digital,

which launches in the spring, has announced its agency roster in the UK.

Clinic has been appointed to create a nationwide print and broadcast

campaign; Pesterpower will handle media strategy and planning and the

on-air consultancy The Business will handle on-air promotions,

continuity and marketing.





The magazine publishers Attic Futura and North South Publishing are

launching a teen website in a joint venture with the US application

service provider Clique.com. Neil Raaschou (left), managing director of

Attic Futura, said: ’We are planning an initial investment of pounds 10

million in the first year.’





The lads’ magazine FHM is exploring a new brand extension through the

launch of its comedy tour Edinburgh and Beyond - The FHM Comedy Tour.

FHM has signed a deal with the comedy promoter Avalon Promotions and

will kick off its sponsorship with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where

it will be a co-sponsor of Avalon Promotions’ shows.



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