FOR THE RECORD

Rumours that Radio 4 is to axe 30 of its shows cannot be confirmed or denied by the BBC until a governors’ meeting on 24 July. A BBC source said that speculation implying that the station is chasing younger listeners is ’complete nonsense’.

Rumours that Radio 4 is to axe 30 of its shows cannot be confirmed

or denied by the BBC until a governors’ meeting on 24 July. A BBC source

said that speculation implying that the station is chasing younger

listeners is ’complete nonsense’.



The Independent Television Commission has decided against conducting a

public interest test on the proposed merger between Grampian Television

and the Scottish Media Group, orchestrated by SMG’s Gus MacDonald. The

ITC concluded that SMG’s newspaper interests did not serve the Grampian

region.



David Plowright, deputy chairman of Channel 4, is to chair Knutsford

Community Radio, which is bidding for a small-scale radio licence for

Cheshire. Investors will include Fox FM of Oxford, Radio Investments and

the Manchester Evening News.



Maiden Outdoor is to sponsor the creative team that won this month’s

D&AD Student Awards by funding a three-month work placement at GGT.

Maiden will also provide a free 48-sheet campaign for the students’

winning poster for Children’s Aid Direct.



Douglas McArthur, the managing director of the Radio Advertising Bureau,

has been awarded a fellowship of the Radio Academy for his outstanding

contribution to radio. He is the first person from a non-programming

background to receive the honour.



Lorraine Kelly’s show on Talk Radio is to be sponsored by Candy. The

sponsorship will be in the form of a 15-minute strand called ’At home

with Candy’, which focuses on consumer issues. The deal was negotiated

by Media Solutions.



Chrysalis Radio is expected to land two commercial radio franchises in

the North of England for about pounds 20 million, having seen off

Capital Radio’s rival bid. Both stations operate under the Kiss banner,

but will adopt Chrysalis’s Galaxy name if the deal goes ahead.



The More Group has taken a 10 per cent stake in the multimedia company,

Cityspace. The outfit is launching a venture providing interactive

services to international travellers using electronic information

kiosks.



The Yorkshire Post, which is owned by United Provincial Newspapers, is

cutting costs by moving its sales from the regional sales group, AMRA,

to its in-house operation, UPN Media Sales.



Channel 4 has poached Gub Neal, the controller of drama at Granada

Television, to be senior commissioning editor for TV drama. Neal takes

responsibility for Channel 4’s series and serials including

Brookside.



Dr Fleur Fisher, the chairman of the Teenage Magazine Arbitration Panel,

stressed at a conference last week the important educational role of

teenage magazines. The statement came in same week that MPs demanded

urgent action against the German teenage magazine, Bravo, which contains

sexually explicit material.



Campaign has published a report called Marketing in the New Media. The

two-volume report, which costs pounds 595 plus VAT for a paper copy, or

pounds 575 plus VAT for a CD-Rom, contains analysis of advertising and

marketing opportunities in new media, plus a directory listing more than

2,500 contacts in the area. For details contact Market Tracking

International on 0171-263 1365.



Ian Richardson, the advertising director of Ziff-Davis’s UK magazine, PC

Direct, has been promoted to associate publisher. Meanwhile Rose Lewis,

the magazine’s advertisement manager, has been made advertisement

director.



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