Jane Ennis, the former editor of Here!, has taken over as the
editor of IPC’s Now magazine. IPC acquired Here! from Gruner and Jahr
last month and will merge the two titles next week. Ennis succeeds the
Now launch editor, David Durman, who remains editor-in-chief of Woman,
Woman’s Own and Now.
Connect, the new Internet magazine from Future Publishing, is due to
launch on 29 May. The title is aimed at 18- to 34-year-old Internet
users and it aims to be the ultimate guide to Net entertainment. The
cover price is pounds 4.99.
Kiss 102 (Manchester) and Kiss 105 (Yorkshire) have restructured their
sales teams. The on-air sales, sponsorship, club and concert divisions
have been merged into a single sales unit across both stations. Julian
Martin, formerly the sales controller for Kiss 102, becomes the group
Taxi, a device that personalises the way people use the Internet, is
preparing to launch software to allow advertisers to deliver their
message without a Website. The software, which will be free to users,
organises all online content. It will be available in the UK from
Full-colour ads are 19 per cent more effective than mono ones, according
to new research from Magtrack. It also states that spot colour is a
’waste of money’ and full-colour double-page spreads offer the greatest
British Digital Broadcasting, the consortium formed by Sky, Granada and
Carlton to bid for the licence to broadcast digital terrestrial TV,
could be worth up to pounds 1.5 billion, according to a report published
by the brokers, Henderson Crosthwaite.
Extract, the glossy title about ’real people’, is to move from
bi-monthly to monthly and will cut its cover price from pounds 2.50 to
pounds 1. Launched last summer, Extract sells around 28,000 but its
editor, Ben Arogundade, believes the price cut will boost circulation to
David Pollock, the director of the Newspaper Publishers’ Association, is
leaving the post in the summer to become the director of the Electrical
Contractors’ Association. A replacement has not yet been named.
Distinctive Publishing has launched a bi-monthly visitor information and
lifestyle magazine, called Welcome to London. The glossy will be
distributed free of charge in three- and four-star hotels in the capital
and will be available on newsstands with a cover price of pounds
Terrestrial broadcasters are gearing up for a fight with Sky over the
issue of access to pay-per-view footage. Talks last week between the
broadcasters and Sky failed to reach an agreement. Sky has been pushing
for PPV events to be treated differently to other sports events, saying
broadcasters should not be allowed access to pictures until a
substantial period after the event.
The Times is to redesign its five-year-old Saturday magazine in the
autumn. Different paper and a new format are among the options. The
impetus for the change is said to come from the editorial department -
its ad team is believed to favour the magazine’s current format because
it is popular among advertisers.
A company that lost its bid for the independent radio licence in East
Kent has failed to obtain a judicial review of the Radio Authority’s
decision. It will now take the case to an appeal. The A-Ten FM bid has
been told by the authority that its complaints have been fully
investigated and there is no basis for revising the award.
Mark Shuttleworth has been appointed to the post of display agency sales
manager for the financial sector across the Daily Telegraph and Sunday
Telegraph. Shuttleworth was previously a display sales executive. He
joined the group in 1986 as a financial display sales executive for the