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allegations are unconditionally withdrawn.’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
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
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
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
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.