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BSkyB is likely to back down on its insistence that all subscribers to its new digital service have to buy a big, basic package of channels, and will allow viewers to buy mini tiers of channels. Sky still intends to offer a basic package of 50 channels or more for its 200-channel digital service but will allow viewers to buy premium sports and movie channels without having to buy a monthly subscription to more than 30 channels.

BSkyB is likely to back down on its insistence that all subscribers

to its new digital service have to buy a big, basic package of channels,

and will allow viewers to buy mini tiers of channels. Sky still intends

to offer a basic package of 50 channels or more for its 200-channel

digital service but will allow viewers to buy premium sports and movie

channels without having to buy a monthly subscription to more than 30

channels.



News Corporation has struck a pounds 1.2 billion deal to merge the US

listings magazine, TV Guide, with an on-screen service controlled by the

cable company, TCI. This merger will create the biggest source of TV

programme information in the US.



Carlton Communications has bought National Screen Service, a company

that delivers film trailers, posters and other promotional material to

UK cinemas. The acquisition complements Carlton’s existing businesses

servicing film producers, distributors and exhibitors in the UK. Adam

Poulter, managing director of Carlton Screen Services, said: ’We already

market cinema advertising and deliver film commercials direct to

cinemas. Now we can build our distribution business and develop the

relationship with our customers.’



James Woolhouse, finance director of Conde Nast Asia Pacific and finance

director of the Austrian subsidiary, Conde Nast Publications, has been

appointed executive vice-president of the joint venture, Nikkei-Conde

Nast, which produces Vogue Nippon, the monthly fashion magazine launched

this year. Nikkei is a leading Japanese media company.



BSkyB is set to publish the first viewers’ magazine for digital TV as it

gears up to push uptake for the medium. Redwood Publishing, which

produces the monthly Sky TV Guide, is to publish the digital TV

magazine, which will be sent to digital subscribers.



Joanne O’Hara has been appointed group advertisement director of Gruner

& Jahr (UK) following Jessica Burley’s promotion to publishing director

of Prima. O’Hara was advertisement director at IPC’s Southbank Group,

overseeing publications such as Wedding and Home, Hair, 19, Mizz, Our

Baby, and Practical Parenting.



BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and Discovery

Communications Inc have appointed Candace Carlisle as chief operating

officer of JVP, the BBC/DCI joint venture company launched in March.

Carlisle, formerly head of sales and co-productions for BBC Worldwide

Americas, will be based in New York and will report to the chief

executive of BBC Worldwide Americas, Peter Phippen. JVP will distribute

BBC programmes to DCI’s wholly owned networks, BBC/DCI channels and the

wider US market.



Just Media has recruited David Gibson, deputy managing director of

Zenith Media’s second-string agency, Equinox Communications, to become a

board managing director. Gibson will report directly to Just Media’s

founder, Sarah du Heaume, who will focus on developing new business in

San Francisco and South East Asia. Just Media’s IT clients include the

technology providers, Bay Networks, Tektronix and Compuserve.



Technicolor Video, the producer and distributor of pre-recorded

videocassettes owned by Carlton Communications, has acquired 50 per cent

of Mexico’s leading videocassette manufacturer, Central de Video, for up

to dollars 15.5 million. Technicolor has operations in Spain, Italy,

Denmark and the United States.



CMP Media (UK) has appointed Sally Doyle as sales manager of Information

Week. Doyle was previously account manager at the magazine.



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