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The Radio Authority has given the go-ahead for the pounds 65 million Capital/Virgin FM merger on three conditions: Virgin’s news service must be separate from Capital’s; Virgin’s alternative rock output is limited to one-fifth of the schedule and its relaunch is delayed until the end of the year. The last two conditions are in deference to the September launch of Xfm. The Office of Fair Trading has still to approve the merger.

The Radio Authority has given the go-ahead for the pounds 65

million Capital/Virgin FM merger on three conditions: Virgin’s news

service must be separate from Capital’s; Virgin’s alternative rock

output is limited to one-fifth of the schedule and its relaunch is

delayed until the end of the year. The last two conditions are in

deference to the September launch of Xfm. The Office of Fair Trading has

still to approve the merger.



The Independent Television Commission has awarded the last DTT Multiplex

Service Licence A to S4C Digital Network, the only applicant. The award

has been made with the proviso that S4C’s shareholding can be no greater

than 50.1 per cent, with the remainder being funded by another

shareholder. United News & Media is expected to announce it will invest

up to pounds 20 million for a 30 per cent stake in the SDN

consortium.



John Brown Publishing’s subscription magazine, Spice, ’written’ by the

Spice Girls, hit the newsstands for the first time last week with

250,000 copies. Priced pounds 2.95, the title offers behind-the-scenes

news, gossip and chat and is the only official Spice Girls newsstand

title.



Football Monthly, Britain’s oldest football title, which was first

published in 1951, is to be relaunched on 1 August. The title aims to

find its own position in the market by playing on its heritage. The new

owner is Chelsea Communications, the media arm of Chelsea Village, which

also owns Chelsea Football Club.



Zenith Media has appointed Richard Hamilton chief executive of its US

operations. Hamilton was senior vice-president and director of North

American media operations at DMB&B. He will report to John Perriss,

Zenith Worldwide’s chief executive.



Dennis Publishing is mounting a 96-sheet poster campaign for Auto

Express in the run-up to August’s new car registrations. Media is

planned and booked by Booth Lockett Makin.



BBC Worldwide is launching a Teletubbies magazine this week. A one-off

special will be available for the summer, with a monthly run from

October when a range of licensed merchandise will become available. The

Teletubbies series is aimed at two- to five-year-olds.



Teletext has lost out to Sky Five Text, which is jointly owned by BSkyB

and Channel 5, in its bid to provide the additional service using spare

capacity on the Channel 5 signal. The Independent Television Commission

awarded the ten-year licence to the highest bid - pounds 1,500,557. The

Teletext bid was pounds 313,000.



Border Television has formed a new company for its growing radio

interests. Border Radio Holdings, which is wholly owned by Border

Television, will be headed by the chief executive, Peter Brownlow, who

is also the managing director of BTV. John Myers, the managing director

of Century Radio in the North-east, will be the group managing director

for Border Radio. Border recently acquired Sun FM in Sunderland for

pounds 1.7 million and has applications lodged with the Radio Authority

for licences in the Solent and Cheshire.



James Boyle, the controller of Radio 4, has produced a 16-page

’justification document’ slamming some of the station’s programmes,

including Weekending and Kaleidoscope. He argues that, during some

programming segments, up to 70 per cent of the audience switch off or

retune to another station.



The Capital-owned Ocean Radio Group has appointed Jane Finden its new

station director. Finden joined the company, which operates 103.2 Power

FM, Ocean FM and South Coast Radio, as a junior telesales executive in

1988.



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