FOR THE RECORD

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 buyout.

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

buyout.



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

on repeats.



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

chairman.



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

London.



’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

director.



Parkinson joins from Chrysalis’s sister station, Galaxy 102, where he

was managing director.



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