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British Digital Broadcasting - the consortium bidding for the digital terrestrial TV licences - last week confirmed that it would not charge customers for the programmes they currently receive free. The company was asked by the National Heritage select committee if popular programmes such as Coronation Street would be siphoned off to pay-per-view channels if BDB launches its digital terrestrial services. Nigel Walmsley, a director of BDB, assured that this would not happen.

British Digital Broadcasting - the consortium bidding for the

digital terrestrial TV licences - last week confirmed that it would not

charge customers for the programmes they currently receive free. The

company was asked by the National Heritage select committee if popular

programmes such as Coronation Street would be siphoned off to

pay-per-view channels if BDB launches its digital terrestrial services.

Nigel Walmsley, a director of BDB, assured that this would not

happen.



BBC Magazines’ Match of the Day title has been reduced from weekly to

monthly frequency after failing to achieve circulation targets six

months after its launch. The 6 February issue will be the last until

April, when a bi-monthly pilot will precede the regular monthly

format.



Radio Investments, the radio holding company, has taken control of the

Scottish station, Central FM, which covers both the Glasgow and

Edinburgh regions, having raised its stake in the station from 23 to 60

per cent.



Nokia has signed up as sponsor of NBC Superchannel’s most popular show,

the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The deal, said to be worth a

seven-figure sum, was concluded between NBC and Nokia’s media buying

company, MediaCom. It will incorporate sponsorship credits and spot

airtime and will run for a 12-month period.



Icon Publishing has launched Holidays, a monthly title aimed at AB

adults who holiday abroad at least once a year. The magazine has an

initial print run of 40,000 and retails at pounds 1.95. The March issue

carries interviews with Richard Branson and Jill Dando.



The Radio Authority has decided to give the GWR Group a period of grace

until 7 April to enable the broadcasting company to come within the

ownership provisions of the 1996 Broadcasting Act. The acquisition of

Classic FM put GWR over the 15 per cent limit on radio ownership.



Zenith Media Worldwide has opened a Singapore office making it the

country’s largest media buyer. The office incorporates the existing

media departments of Bates Advertising and Saatchi and Saatchi and is

headed by the managing director, Tan Lay Geok.



Conde Nast’s World of Interiors has teamed up with the Chelsea Harbour

Design Centre for Chelsea Harbour Spring Week, in association with

Chelsea Design Week and Living Design London. The March issue of World

of Interiors will feature a pocket-sized Chelsea Harbour Design Centre

1997 directory.



Saatchi and Saatchi has won a monthly Aerial Award and has been given a

runners-up spot for its Club 18-30 ’Colin and Knight’ commercials. The

ads were written by Ed Robinson and Dave Hillyard. The other runners-up

were Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters’ Health Education Authority ad, ’wind

up’, and M&C Saatchi’s Fosters ad, ’appendix’.



The Emap Group’s legal action against Haymarket Publishing over its

planned launch of the television magazine, the Box, is to move to a full

trial. Emap already owns the cable television channel, the Box, and

sought an interim injunction against the Haymarket launch in order to

’protect the reputation of its brands’.



Gruner and Jahr’s science and discovery magazine, Focus, has been

redesigned. It gets a new logo, better pictures and new lifestyle

content. Pagination will increase to more than 130 by April.



Telegraph Enterprises is to launch a new Telegraph-branded fashion

range, the T Collection, aimed at the mid-market, 35- to 70-year-old age

range.



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