The Mirror Group and the regional newspaper group, Trinity, have
called off talks about a pounds 1.3 billion newspaper merger. Reports
suggest that Trinity was unhappy with speculation that the Mirror Group
board was divided and that a management buyout had been contemplated by
Mirror Group’s chief executive, David Montgomery. Other sources say that
the main issue was price.
VirginNet has teamed up with News International Internet Publishing to
sponsor The Times online travel pages. Visitors to The Times and Sunday
Times sites will be able to access VirginNet’s travel guides, flights
and hotel-finder in a series of links on The Times’s website. The
sponsorship runs for 12 months.
Andrew Neil, the former Sunday Times editor, has signed up for a daily
slot on the Talk Radio breakfast show, providing editorial comment on
the day’s issues. Mystic Meg will also feature on the show.
London News Radio has appointed John Simons, the former programming
director of Talk Radio, in the same role. Simons has recently been in
dispute with Talk’s new owner, Kelvin MacKenzie, over his severance.
Time Out has given its media task back to Total Media after a spell at
Motive Communications. The pounds 500,000 media planning and buying
business, which was handled by Total between 1991 and 1997, has been won
back by the agency from Motive after a review.
A new media independent launches this week targeting small to
medium-sized clients. Mediawise is being launched by Mike Gill, the
former media director of Camp Chipperfield Hill Murray, with Mark
Anderson and Ken Jamie. The start-up is claiming launch billings of
pounds 11 million, including media clients from Camp Chipperfield Hill
Murray such as Coutts Bank and the London Stock Exchange.
Johnson & Johnson’s skincare range, Clean & Clear, has signed up as
sponsor of Crush, a girl’s lifestyle show on the youth channel, Rapture.
The deal is J&J’s first venture into TV sponsorship and includes
sponsorship credits, competitions, research and a website presence.
Heart 106.2 and Channel 5 have joined forces to create the Channel 5
Drive Time Cash Call, a competition and sponsorship package to feature
in David Jensen’s afternoon radio show. The deal, put together by Walker
Media, will centre around a daily cash contest, encouraging Heart
listeners to watch Channel 5 in the evening and then tune into the
station the following day to answer a programme-related question.
Guy Cheston, the managing director of the airport advertising sales
contractor, Sky Sites UK, is moving to its French sister company, AP
Systemes, as director general. Cheston will be based in Paris and will
oversee AP Systemes’ advertising sales contracts with more than 80
airports in France, Spain, Portugal and Poland.
M, the National Magazine Company’s lifestyle title for parents, is
giving away a bottle of Sanatogen vitamins to every reader in its next
issue. The bottles of Children’s Sanatogen Chewable Vitamins are bagged
to the February/March issue of the magazine, which has gone
Haymarket Customer Magazines is to launch a new magazine for EASDAQ, the
pan-European stock market for high growth and technology companies.
Prospectus Europe will be an A3 magazine distributed to around 10,000
institutional banking, investment banking and financial professionals.
Launching in February, it will be published three times this year and
will go quarterly from 2000.