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Vibe FM will launch as a regional dance music station covering East Anglia on Saturday 22 November, three months ahead of schedule. The station will broadcast to 1.8 million people across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and its station director is Peter Fletcher, who joins from Hereward FM.

Vibe FM will launch as a regional dance music station covering East

Anglia on Saturday 22 November, three months ahead of schedule. The

station will broadcast to 1.8 million people across Norfolk, Suffolk and

Cambridgeshire and its station director is Peter Fletcher, who joins

from Hereward FM.



A survey of 11- to 19-year-olds by the research company, Euroquest MRB,

has revealed that teenagers in the UK watch more TV and play video games

more often than youngsters in other European countries. Teenagers in the

UK watch an average four hours of TV during the week compared with three

hours for French youngsters and 2.5 hours for German youngsters. Around

80 per cent of UK teenagers have video games, compared with 33 per cent

in Italy.



MTV, which launched a dedicated UK service in July, has increased its

ratings by 50 per cent among 16- to 34-year-olds in cable and satellite

homes, according to figures from a new panel monitoring broadband cable

channel audiences.



The Association of Media and Communications Specialists is to launch a

Jobseeker Website. The site is aimed at enabling those seeking a career

in the communications industry to register their CVs online and will be

developed in association with colleges, schools and universities.



The Guardian’s Saturday magazine, the Guide, is to sponsor Bristol’s

first all-night film festival, After Hours, due to take place this

weekend.



The event is being used by the Guide to increase its profile in UK

cities.



The event will be supported by radio advertising created by Leagas

Delaney and bought by New PHD.



Haymarket Publishing is launching a one-off hi-fi magazine, Music Power,

to meet consumer interest in bargain hi-fis in the run up to

Christmas.



With a circulation of 70,000, Music Power will be sold through major

retailers from 12 November for pounds 2.25.



The Times is beefing up its media coverage and moving it to Fridays as

its media editor, Ray Snoddy, seeks to raise the section’s profile. The

columnist, Maggie Brown, and the editor of Campaign, Stefano Hatfield,

will write regular columns for the section.



Emap On Air has officially opened for business this week, helped by an

on-air Spice Girls promotion. Tom Toumazis (pictured), the managing

director of On Air, said the initiative exploits Emap’s network

programming - a month-long drive will culminate in a 60-minute live

syndicated programme presented by the band across Emap’s 19

stations.



Liz Bestic, the deputy editor of BBC Family Life, has left the magazine,

which launched recently, to edit Myatt McFarlane’s family-orientated

title, Fun for Kids. The magazine was bought from DMG at the end of

September and the first issue since the takeover will go on sale on 13

November.



The publishers hope to take the magazine monthly from April 1998.



A lifestyle magazine for men, Bloke, is to be launched on a CD format in

February by the Flying Dutchman company. The 60-minute CD will target at

young single professional men who are typical FHM or GQ readers. It will

be distributed free and is aiming for a circulation of 50,000. There

will be 16 commercial slots on the CD as well as opportunities to

sponsor regular features.



ComTel is the first cable operator to gain a licence renewal for its

Swindon cable franchise. The Independent Television Commission has

renewed ComTel’s licence for 15 years from September 1999. Swindon Cable

was the first broadband cable network in the UK to become operational in

September 1984.



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