Channel 5 is stating its sporting ambitions with the appointment of
Robert Charles to the new position of controller of sport.
He was previously controller of sport at Yorkshire Television.
ITV has signed up the motor giant, Ford, as sponsor of the 1997 Royal
Tournament. The event will be screened on ITV this summer for the first
time, although Ford has been involved as an event sponsor for the past
five years. The ITV deal was negotiated by Laser Sales and Ford’s media
company, the Network.
The Financial Times is to sponsor a programming segment on the national
classical music radio station, Classic FM. The feature, called the
Weekend Starts Here, will form part of the Jamie Crick show and will run
for 27 weeks. The deal was brokered by the FT’s media company,
Radio 1 is promoting its coverage of the top summer music festivals
using 25 ’gonks’ knitted by members of Camden Age Concern. The toys will
attend festivals such as T-in-the-Park, Phoenix and Reading and pictures
of them will be made into posters and ads in the music press. The
campaign is by Radio 1’s agency, St Luke’s.
The British Airways magazine, High Life, published by Premier Magazines,
has launched a new section called the Centre to help readers navigate
their way around the title. The 32-page section includes entertainment
listings, maps, duty free and plane details.
The Kent Messenger Group and the Lille-based newspaper company, La Voix
du Nord, have formed an alliance with the Channel tunnel operator,
Eurotunnel, to produce a free, fortnightly tabloid newspaper, Le Shuttle
Express, for three years.
Conde Nast has formed a joint venture with Independent Newspapers to
publish magazines in South Africa. The venture is called Conde Nast
Independent Magazines and will publish its first magazine, House and
Garden, next year. Elizabeth Rees-Jones, the former London-based
managing director of Presse Publishing, will head the new
The Paramount channel has struck a deal with the snack food brand,
Phileas Fogg, to sponsor its comedy slot, Britcom. The sponsorship
begins on 4 August and will run on the nightly show for an initial three
A new magazine covering alternative science is launched by the Magazine
Marketing Company this month. Ethos is a bi-monthly title targeting a
broad demographic readership interested in alternative science theories
ranging from ancient medicine to cyber technology.
The magazine will be on sale from 23 July at pounds 2.95.
The Ham and High and the Oxford Times are joint winners of the Weekly
Paid-for Newspaper of the Year award in the Newspaper Society’s Weekly
Newspaper Awards. The Free Newspaper Community Award went to the
Capital Gold’s mid-morning presenter, Mike Osman, has won the Commercial
Radio Companies Association’s Newcomer of the Year award. The awards
cover all aspects of radio, including programming, marketing and sales
The Radio Advertising Bureau and the Commercial Radio Companies
Association have launched a programme of initiatives to increase the
profile of commercial radio and re-establish confidence in Rajar.
Project 2010 comprises five strands outlining areas of improvement for
Century Radio is the latest station to appoint Katz Radio Sales to
handle its sales. One of the first regional licences to broadcast in
September 1994, it previously ran its sales through the