Carlton Television is understood to be pursuing plans to make a bid for
HTV by asking the Independent Television Commission for guidance on
whether it could take over ad sales for the station. Currently, if
Carlton were to buy HTV it could not handle its airtime sales because,
with Carlton and Central, it would control more than 25 per cent of TV
revenue and contravene ITC rules.
The men’s sport and fitness magazine, XL, relaunches this week and is
split into three sections. At the front there is news and a Q&A,
followed by a central features section and Life and Soul, concentrating
on health and fitness. The revamp will have no ‘mid-Atlantic navel
gazing’ according to the editor, Justin Evans.
United News and Media has unveiled pre-tax profits for the six months up
to 30 June 1996 up by 21.5 per cent to pounds 151.9 million. Operating
profits were up 75 per cent in Broadcasting and Entertainment and up 41
per cent in Business Services. Express Newspapers’ chief executive, Lord
Hollick (pictured), said that he would now invest in Express Newspapers,
which had been starved of cash. The results are the first since MAI and
United merged in April.
The M&S Magazine, produced by Redwood Publishing for Marks and Spencer,
is to double its circulation next year from 1.25 million copies to 2.5
million. The move comes in response to demand from M&S account
customers, who have more than doubled in number since the quarterly
magazine was launched ten years ago.
ITV will unveil its 1997 schedule to advertisers and agencies at the
London Palladium next week. The event, called Setting the Pace, will
preview highlights and explain why programming and scheduling decisions
have been made. The show will be hosted by the ITV Network director,
Marcus Plantin, and be presented by the newsreader, Trevor McDonald,
with appearances from ITV stars.
Gruner and Jahr is capitalising on the Prima brand for the autumn by
introducing Prima Christmas Traditions. It claims to be the definitive
guide to Christmas and is designed to compete head to head with quality
home-interest titles such as Good Housekeeping. It launches on 21
October at pounds 2.25.
Trinity, the publishing company whose interests include regional
newspapers, has announced pre-tax profits up 118 per cent at pounds 30.1
million for the six months to 30 June. The results were boosted by the
acquisition of Thomson Regional Newspapers in January.
Laser Sales, the Granada-owned ITV sales house, has secured sponsors for
a number of regional programmes. Soccer Night, the Granada widescreen
series, Scoreline, Theatreland and the weather will all be sponsored
this autumn. Two of these are firsts - Umbro and the retailer, Sports
Division, will sponsor Soccer Night in what is Laser’s first dual
sponsorship deal. For the third year running, Mansfield will sponsor
Scoreline. Hoya Vision Care will sponsor 15 films broadcast as part of
the widescreen series and First Call will sponsor Theatreland.
Campaign’s sister Haymarket magazine, FourFourTwo, has appointed Karen
Buchanan as its new editor. She will take over from Paul Simpson.
A memorial service for Josie Wilson, the managing director of the poster
agency, Checkers, who was murdered last May, will be held on 26
September at St Paul’s Church in Bedford Street, Covent Garden. The
service will begin at 12pm and will last for around 40 minutes.
IPC has appointed a new publisher for Essentials and Woman and Home.
Linda Swidenbank is currently the publisher of the gardening and
photographic magazines in the Science and Special Interest group.
Swidenbank joins the women’s titles as they begin a programme of