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
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
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
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