MEDIA: FOR THE RECORD

The video-on-demand service Yes TV has lost a commercial contract with the cable operator NTL and this week announced it would delay its stock market flotation. NTL has said it will look at alternative video-on-demand suppliers and has terminated its agreement with Yes TV to test its services in Cardiff.

The video-on-demand service Yes TV has lost a commercial contract

with the cable operator NTL and this week announced it would delay its

stock market flotation. NTL has said it will look at alternative

video-on-demand suppliers and has terminated its agreement with Yes TV

to test its services in Cardiff.





Conde Nast has produced a 68-page supplement for its May edition of

Vogue. Real Dressing is aimed at thirtysomething women who want to take

a more pragmatic approach to fashion and beauty. A national press

campaign through European Media Management will support it.





The US entertainment giant Time Warner has surpassed expectations in its

results for the first quarter of 2000. Revenue rose 7.5 per cent to

dollars 6.5 billion, while earnings before interest and tax increased by

13 per cent to dollars 1.17 billion. The results were boosted by strong

advertising for its publishing division, Time Inc, and subscription

sales and advertising in its cable TV business.





The Times’ Weekend editor Catherine Ostler has been poached by former

Tatler editor Jane Procter to work on her new internet venture. Ostler

joins Peoplenews.com after a six-month stint on the Weekend section. The

new lifestyle site has a ’soft launch’ in the summer with an official

launch expected in the autumn.





Virgin Radio has accepted the Radio Authority’s terms for the renewal of

its national analogue licence, which comes into effect on 1 May. The new

bid is pounds 1 million per year and will be adjusted annually.





NME.com is hosting a two-day conference to debate the growing impact of

the internet and other technologies on the music industry. The

conference, on 15-16 May, will start with a keynote speech from Michael

Robertson, the chief executive of MP3.com.





Eurosport’s website, Eurosport.com, has launched a free e-mail service

for its users. Laurent-Eric Le Hay, the head of Eurosport Enterprises,

said: ’It’s an important step to providing an expanding selection of

services including a daily sports newsletter, games, a forum and soon,

personal home pages.’





Classic FM has launched a multimillion-pound marketing campaign with

Nestle’s Fruitful breakfast cereal to promote both its breakfast

programming and its CD label, The Full Works. Around 300,000 cereal

packets will carry a free front-mounted CD, and all one million

promotional packs will carry tokens for the CD.





Tess MacLeod Smith, the associate publisher of Conde Nast’s Vogue, is

leaving the company at the end of next month to join the online property

portal smove.com as commerical director. She has also worked on World of

Interiors, The Economist and Management Today.





IPC tx’s TV Times will carry four different covers for its Easter

edition, featuring different Pokemon characters. Peter Genower, the

editor of the TV Times, commented: ’Easter has become a mini-Christmas

for us in terms of sales and we wanted to offer our readers something

different.’





Carat International has hired Stephen White, a former advertising

executive for The Economist in Germany, as its business development

director. White, who replaces Kirk McPherson, now at MindShare, reports

to the managing director for new business, Brian Jacobs.





Ziff Davis, the international computer magazine publisher, is selling

its European subsidiaries, which will affect ten magazines including IT

Week, PC Magazine and PC Direct in the UK. The move follows the recent

pounds 490 million acquisition of the company’s assets by the US

investment company Willis Stein & Partners.





Charlie Meredith, the deputy editor of IPC’s TV & Satellite Week, has

been appointed as business manager for IPC tx. Part of his remit will be

to help grow IPC tx’s print and electronic brands.