United News & Media looks set to sell its Northern regional
newspaper division, which includes the Yorkshire Post, to the venture
capital group, Candover Investments. Candover has said it is carrying
out due diligence and hopes to agree a final offer shortly. However,
United News & Media is also believed to be talking to another venture
capital group, CVC Capital, which is keen to back a management
KFC is sponsoring the Cartoon Network’s A-Z of Tom and Jerry series,
which began on Saturday. Viewers can win Tom and Jerry-licensed products
from KFC outlets.
The Independent Television Commission has redrawn Channel 4’s licence to
extend its remit and public service obligations. The new licence
includes redefining the remit in relation to all channels, not just ITV,
further commitment to innovation, and undertaking to commission 60 per
cent of programmes specifically for the channel by 1999 and a new limit
London News Radio is to bid for the forthcoming Scottish regional radio
licence when it is advertised by the Radio Authority in March. Scottish
News Radio would be run by the London company which operates News Direct
and LBC. LNR also has a bid in place for the North-east licence.
Border Television has appointed Paul Corley as its new chief executive.
Corley was formerly the controller of factual programmes at the ITV
Network Centre; before that he was managing director of Carlton
Broadcasting. He replaces James Graham, the chairman and chief executive
of Border Television, although Graham will continue his duties as
Jonathan Coleman, one-half of the former Virgin Radio team, Russ ’n’
Jono, has moved to co-present the breakfast show on Heart 106.2 in
’Jono’ was ousted from Virgin after Chris Evans took the helm, although
’Russ’ continues as a presenter for the station.
The outdoor company, J. C. Decaux, is installing free-standing
advertising units (left), designed by the architect, Sir Norman Foster,
in London’s Tottenham Court Road.
Capital Radio has announced it will bid for the forth-coming North-east
regional radio licence. Capital’s Fun Radio is designed to target
four- to 14-year-olds, with educational items and programming also aimed
at parents and child-carers.
Future Publishing is this week launching an adventure sports magazine,
No Limits World, which will retail at pounds 2.75. The monthly magazine
contains travel features and practical information on how to participate
in adventure sports across the UK.
IPC Magazines has revamped its weekly gardening magazine, Amateur
Gardening, with a new masthead, more pages and a cleaner format. The
redesigned magazine is on sale from 3 March.
Flextech Television has created three ads to promote a new series on its
cable and satellite programme strand, Trouble. The first ad is for the
Australian drama, Sweat, and stars the up-and-coming boy band, Five. The
second ad is for the soap-opera, Echo Point, and features the soul band,
Damage. The third, for the Channel 4 soap, Hollyoaks, features Will
Mellor and Jeremy Edwards from the series. The ads will run for four
weeks on Sky One, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and the Box.
Galaxy 105, the Yorkshire-based, Chrysalis Radio-owned dance station,
has appointed Steve Parkinson managing director and brand marketing
Parkinson joins from Chrysalis’s sister station, Galaxy 102, where he
was managing director.