The consortium formed by Capital Radio and Emap Radio has won the
Radio Authority’s first local digital licence. CE Digital will broadcast
to Birmingham and its surrounding areas and will provide seven services,
including the existing Capital Gold, Xfm, Magic and BRMB and two new
strands covering dance music and the Asian community.
BBC World, the global news and lifestyle TV channel, has appointed The
Media Edge to handle its media planning and buying around the world,
following a competitive pitch. It is TME’s first multinational client
win since it was launched in Europe at the beginning of March.
Future Publishing has agreed to buy the US magazine and website
publisher, Imagine Media. The acquisition will make Future, which
publishes PlayStation magazine, the leading publisher of PC games titles
in the US and Europe.
Fox Kids has launched a quarterly children’s magazine, X-Press,
following the success of its Kids’ Club newsletter, Fox Kids.
The children’s cable and satellite channel has produced a 36-page
magazine which will be distributed free in Woolworths stores at the end
of the month and will be promoted on the channel from 20 May.
IPC is bringing out another edition of Country Life Gardens, following
the success of its first one-shot last year. The new issue, which is
priced at pounds 3.95 and runs to more than 130 pages, has a summer
theme focusing on British gardens at their seasonal best. The magazine’s
publisher, Evelyn Webster, said: ’Following the success of Country Life
Gardens in 1998, it made perfect sense to publish again in 1999.’
The Audit Bureau of Circulations is carrying out an annual research
study into its performance across the business sector. The market
research group, Gilmour Research, will seek to identify the value of the
ABC brand to users and buyers, its perceived independence as an
organisation and awareness of its promotional activities.
Galaxy Radio, Chrysalis Radio’s FM dance brand, is launching its first
album brand extension, the Galaxy Weekend. The double album will feature
a mixture of classic tunes and dancefloor anthems, compiled by the DJs,
Boy George and Allister Whitehead. Separately, on 1 June, Galaxy will
begin broadcasting on the North-east frequency it won last year.
Time Out, the listings and entertainment magazine, has launched a
month-long ad campaign to promote The Time Out Guide to Pubs & Bars. The
campaign, planned and bought by Total Media, includes a London
Underground escalator panel campaign, press ads in the Evening Standard
and The Guardian’s Weekend section as well as a direct marketing
Neil Webster, the former sales director of Mirror Group Newspapers’
ill-fated Sporting Life, has joined forces with a number of sport
enthusiasts, broadcast professionals and investors to bid for the north
London radio licence with a 24-hour sports station, Fan FM. Members of
the consortium include Keith Young, the publisher of the national Sunday
sports newspaper, Sport First, and the former news editor of News
Direct, Chris Mann.
IPC SouthBank’s teen magazine, 19, has linked up with Channel 4’s Big
Breakfast to promote the show’s Find Me a Model competition in the
magazine’s June issue. 19’s senior marketing manager, Chrissie Ferber,
said: ’19 is delighted to link up with the Big Breakfast and Boots 17 in
what has become Britain’s premier modelling competition.’
In Campaign last week we referred to World of Interiors’ 100th
In fact, the magazine celebrated its 200th issue this month.