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Digital cable television is set to attract up to 555,000 subscribers by this time next year, according to new forecasts from the market research company, BMRB International. Although digital cable has not launched yet, BMRB believes it will be the second biggest supplier of digital TV within a year, taking 20 per cent of the market compared with 50 per cent for Sky Digital and 12 per cent for ONdigital.

Digital cable television is set to attract up to 555,000

subscribers by this time next year, according to new forecasts from the

market research company, BMRB International. Although digital cable has

not launched yet, BMRB believes it will be the second biggest supplier

of digital TV within a year, taking 20 per cent of the market compared

with 50 per cent for Sky Digital and 12 per cent for ONdigital.



Tom Rubython, editor of Business Age, has retracted claims about Conde

Nast and the company’s managing director, Nicholas Coleridge, made in an

article published in October 1998, following a libel lawsuit. Paul Fox,

who represents Business Age, said: ’The defendants accept the

allegations complained of by the plaintiffs are false. Therefore such

allegations are unconditionally withdrawn.’



Sky Box Office is to increase the number of pay-per-view films that it

offers on its digital service from 48 to 72 screens. Viewers will now be

able to choose from more than 20 films per night. A Sky spokesman said

the increased capacity would allow it to show seasonal and topical films

as well as sequels.



Media Metrix, the provider of internet audience measurement products and

services, is to launch in Europe through a joint venture with the

research company, Ipsos SA, through its Ipsos France, GfK AG and Ipsos

RSL subsidiaries.



The company aims to provide businesses with an in-depth understanding of

the internet both in Europe and the US.



Jools Publishing is launching a glossy monthly on motorcycles called

MotoRetro this week. The title, distributed by MMC, will have a cover

price of pounds 2.95. The magazine’s editor, Rowena Hoseason, said:

’MotoRetro will have a true international flavour to it, with the latest

bike news from Europe, the Americas, the Far East and Australia.’



Esprit Telecom, the telecommunications service provider, has become the

first company in Europe to advertise on duty free bags at the UK’s seven

main airports. Nearly one million duty free shoppers will receive

Esprit-branded bags over the next three months. Esprit will also

advertise on the Euronetwork pan-European package of airport poster

sites.



Saga, the company which provides services for people over 50, has

stepped up its strategy to move into radio ownership by appointing Ron

Coles as its director of radio. Coles, a former chairman of the Radio

Academy and Commercial Radio Companies Association, will steer Saga’s

attempts to win radio licences and operate radio stations aimed at the

over-50s.



Jude Secombe has been appointed advertisement director of the National

Magazine Company’s women’s glossy, Company. She joins from John Brown

Publishing where she was the publisher of Gardens Illustrated and takes

up the post on 1 June.



Yahoo, the internet service provider, has appointed Lee Thompson as its

UK and Ireland sales director. Thompson joins from Associated New Media,

where he was head of sales and marketing. He will take on responsibility

for advertising, sponsorship and e-commerce revenue generation.



Sue Hendry, a former media director at RS Media and JPH in Bristol, has

been appointed as head of media buying at Golley Slater and Partners in

Wales.



Hendry’s clients will include Spa Water and the Welsh Tourist Board.



IPC Magazines is continuing its specials programme with the publication

of Woman’s Weekly Royal Weddings of the Century and Woman’s Weekly

Fiction Special 3, which both go on sale from 28 April. The fiction

special will have a cover price of pounds 1.20 and the 76-page wedding

souvenir issue will cost pounds 1.30.



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