Capital Radio has made its second acquisition in two weeks,
snapping up the Cardiff Broadcasting Company, which broadcasts Red
Dragon Radio in South Wales. Capital is buying the company from Emap in
a cash deal worth pounds 18.25 million.
A higher proportion of UK children have a TV in their bedroom and they
have more access to computers than their continental European
counterparts, according to new research from the Cartoon Network. Around
60 per cent of UK children have a television in their bedroom while
across Europe, four out of ten five- to 11-year-olds have a bedroom
As part of its 65th birthday celebrations, Mc-Vitie’s Penguin biscuit
has teamed up with Hello!, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this
year. Penguin’s advertising agency, Publicis, has created an advertorial
for Hello!’s birthday issue under the banner: ’Earl Penguin and his
gorgeous new wife Pauline.’
British Digital Broadcasting has said it will break even with only two
million subscribers, with profits hitting pounds 250 million if it draws
five million subscribers. The BDB digital terrestrial TV package will be
offered to subscribers for pounds 10 a month.
More Group has unveiled details of its research and development centre,
to be opened near London’s famous Cromwell Road poster site at the
beginning of June. The centre, Adshel Way, will display the latest site
designs and test new innovations in outdoor advertising.
Western International Media is strengthening its new-media expertise by
hiring Ilika Shelley as an online media planner. Shelley joins Western
from APR Digital where she worked on Compaq and Johnson & Johnson.
CIA Group, the holding company for CIA Medianetwork chaired by Chris
Ingram (left), has changed its name to Tempus to draw a distinction
between the holding company and its operating subsidiaries.
The BBC’s European commercial channels, BBC Prime and BBC World, are
losing more than pounds 11 million a year between them according to
figures released last week.
The Guardian’s media editor, John Mulholland, has been appointed editor
of Mirror Group’s Sporting Life, which relaunches in October. The daily
racing paper came out for the last time on Tuesday, 12 May and will be
redesigned as an all-sports daily in the autumn with a target
circulation of 80,000.
The Press Association is to provide live sports material and data for
Express Newspapers’ new Website, Express Sport Live, which launches in
the early summer. PA will provide football information, live cricket
scores and a top-ten sports stories update every hour.
Emap Metro’s Select magazine is a sponsor of this year’s Glastonbury
Festival. Select will publish a festival programme, which will be given
to an anticipated crowd of more than 100,000, and a free daily
Redwood Publishing, which produces a UK magazine for Volvo, is to roll
out the magazine in seven languages and 13 editions across Europe and
The Scottish Newspaper Publishers’ Association and the Newspaper Society
have formed an alliance which brings the SNPA into affiliate membership
of the Society from 1 July. The SNPA represents 112 weekly newspaper
titles in Scotland. It is hoped that by combining the powers of the SNPA
and the Newspaper Society, members will strengthen regional press
lobbying in Westminster, Whitehall and the European Union