FOR THE RECORD

Scottish Media Group, which owns Scottish Television Enterprises, Grampian, The Herald and the recently launched Sunday Herald, revealed healthy preliminary annual results on Monday, with turnover up 5 per cent to pounds 207.4 million. Profits before tax came to pounds 46 million, representing a 12 per cent year-on-year rise. United News and Media has denied it is considering a bid for SMG.

Scottish Media Group, which owns Scottish Television Enterprises,

Grampian, The Herald and the recently launched Sunday Herald, revealed

healthy preliminary annual results on Monday, with turnover up 5 per

cent to pounds 207.4 million. Profits before tax came to pounds 46

million, representing a 12 per cent year-on-year rise. United News and

Media has denied it is considering a bid for SMG.



Havas, the French media giant, has put its Avenir poster division up for

sale with a price tag of pounds 300 million. The division includes the

Mills & Allen poster company. The rival poster contractors, More Group

and TDI, are understood to be interested in Avenir, while Carlton

Communications has also been looking at the company. A deal is expected

within the next two months.



The Radio Authority has been cleared by an independent inquiry of acting

improperly in awarding a licence to Essex Radio’s Vibe FM with which its

chairman, Sir Peter Gibbings, had been connected. The inquiry, conducted

by the accountancy firm, Grant Thornton, found that the licence was

awarded fairly, although it concluded that it ’would have been

preferable’ if Gibbings had not taken part in the process.



Carat Group has been awarded the Investors in People standard which

recognises best practice in human resource development. According to

Carat’s chairman, Ray Kelly, the award ’involves every member of staff

and the process now forms a central part of our development plans’.



Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO spent more than any other ad agency on radio

advertising last year, according to analysis carried out by the Radio

Advertising Bureau and AC Nielsen MEAL. The agency spent pounds 19.8

million, followed by BMP DDB (pounds 18.5 million) and McCann-Erickson

(pounds 13.7 million). Radio billings across the top 20 agencies have

almost doubled in two years, from pounds 99.4 million in 1996 to pounds

179.3 million in 1998.



Conde Nast Independent Magazines will launch GQ in South Africa later

this year. Daniel Ford, currently editor of Independent Newspapers’

Sunday Life, will edit the magazine.



Equus Publications will launch a glossy lifestyle magazine called Racing

Review on 31 March. The monthly will cover the international racing

world and look at the personalities behind the sport. The magazine will

cost pounds 2.50 and be distributed through W. H. Smith and major

independents in the UK and Ireland.



Rapture TV has signed up the video and computer games rental giant,

Blockbuster, to sponsor its new teenage games show, G@mers. The deal

includes break bumpers and an on-air competition which gives viewers the

chance to win Blockbuster discount cards and money-off vouchers. The

deal will initially run until the end of June.



Mike Rowley, group ad sales director, classified and innovator, has

taken voluntary redundancy from IPC Magazines. Cathy Neale, head of

classified sales, has been appointed classified ad sales director.

Meanwhile, IPC’s TV Weeklies Group has appointed Colin Tough as

executive editor of business development. He joins from IPC’s new-media

department.



Romsey Publishing is to launch Garden Ideas, a magazine targeted at

readers interested in quick-fix gardening solutions. The title goes on

sale next Friday and will be distributed to garden centres and

supermarkets as well as newsagents. It will have an initial print run of

75,000 and cost pounds 1.95.



Total Media has been appointed to handle media planning and buying for

the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau. The client will spend pounds

500,000 in April and May with further campaigns planned later in the

year.



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