Rajar has appointed Jane O’Hara (left) as its new managing director
to replace Peter Jenkins. O’Hara has been a consultant for a range of
companies including the Radio Advertising Bureau and BBC Worldwide, and
was most recently the marketing director of Talk Radio.
ITN is launching a 24-hour news channel later this year, through a joint
venture with the telecoms and cable company, NTL. The news service will
be available on terrestrial, satellite and cable TV.
CLTT-Ufa, the pan-European broadcaster and the former owner of Talk
Radio, is restructuring in order to unify its management. The
streamlining is expected to pave the way for the company to develop an
internet strategy to leverage its television and radio assets. It will
now be run by a single chief executive, thought to be Didier Bellens,
the managing director of GBL, which is part of the group.
The Telegraph has won a competitive pitch to launch the investor
website, TheStreet.co.uk. The broadsheet newspaper will run an
integrated campaign from 28 February, including the promotion of the
investor website’s Fantasy Portfolio Manager game which will be
advertised on the Electronic Telegraph and advertising throughout the
newspaper’s Connected supplement on 11 March.
The Chrysalis Group has made its first investment with its newly created
new-media division, taking a 65 per cent stake in Ride the Tiger, a
music and lifestyle internet company, for pounds 4 million. Ride the
Tiger was started by two former Chrysalis Radio executives, Keith
Pringle and Ande MacPherson.
Conde Nast is launching a website for Brides, its wedding title. The
site, BridesUK.net, will launch on 29 February and will include features
such as a wedding planner, which will allow brides to be e-mailed with
Mike Gordon, the deputy advertising director for News International’s
News Group, is leaving the company to join a new internet venture. A
replacement has not been announced.
IPC Southbank is launching a one-shot technology magazine aimed at
women, called Click It!. The 100-page glossy is the second launch from
the Family Circle Plus stable which launched the one-off sewing
magazine, Make It!, last year. The magazine goes on sale on 30 March and
focuses on using the internet.
Following an investigation into improper share dealing, The Mirror’s
city slickers columnists, Anil Bhoyrul and James Hipwell, have left the
tabloid newspaper. While The Mirror’s editor, Piers Morgan, has been
cleared of any malpractice by the newspaper’s owners, Trinity Mirror,
new rules have been introduced that prevent editors and financial
journalists who work for its newspapers from owning any shares.
After the stand-off between Channel 5 and Carat, Channel 4 and Mars have
failed to agree a new annual deal, which is due to begin in April.
The failure to agree a deal follows Channel 4’s firm stance on its
Prager & Partners, the direct response media division of Barraclough
Hall Woolston Gray, has announced its latest new-business wins,
including the pounds 2 million Linguaphone business and the centralised
1st Line Mobile media planning and buying.
The Linguaphone work was previously held between the agency and WWAV
Ebookers.com has agreed a pounds 500,000 sponsorship deal with GWR,
including one year’s sponsorship of the weather on News Direct and LBC,
a rolling airtime campaign on Classic FM and sponsorship of a
competition on GWR’s FM network.