Doug Flynn, the managing director of News International, has been
elected the Newspaper Publishers Association’s new chairman with
immediate effect. He replaces Nicholas Rudd-Jones, the former managing
director of Express Newspapers, who has moved to a senior new-media
position within the United News & Media group. Flynn will serve as
chairman until November 1999.
Commercial radio’s total revenue for the last full year has grown 18.6
per cent from the previous year. It now stands at pounds 434 million,
and accounted for 5.5 per cent of total display in the last quarter of
1998. After radio, the second largest growth was seen in colour
supplements, with an 11.7 per cent growth, year on year.
Channel 4 has redesigned its website to complement its new on-screen
branding and strengthen its advertising, sponsorship and e-commerce
The new-look site (www.channel4.com) includes a forum for viewers to
interact with Channel 4 stars, a comprehensive listings section,
detailed programme information and e-commerce links to the Internet
Music and Video Store and Channel 4 merchandise sites.
The US business-to-business publisher, Cahners Business Information, has
formed a joint venture with Pan European Publishing of Belgium to create
a third company, Cahners Europe, which will publish, launch and acquire
business magazines in Europe.
The London-based company will be run by Mike Hancock, who will also
continue as Cahners’ vice-president of international sales. Both
companies are subsidiaries of Reed Elsevier.
Capital Radio’s first-half pre-tax profits have been hit by its
investment in Xfm and its restaurant interests, and fell from pounds
16.9 million to pounds 13.7 million. The bulk of the downturn stems from
a pounds 4.5 million write-off when Capital acquired Xfm for pounds 15
million. At the time of the acquisition, the group predicted that the
station would not make a profit for three years.
Farrow & Ball, the paint and wallpaper manufacturer, has launched a
customer magazine called Archive: The Farrow and Ball Magazine which
will be distributed to the company’s mail-order customers and, for the
first issue, to World of Interiors subscribers.
The magazine has been produced by 21 Carrot and will launch in July.
Electrolux Floorcare Europe has appointed Motive Communications to
handle its media strategy and management across Europe. Planning on the
account will be handled from Motive’s London office and Motive
International will implement and manage local execution through buying
agencies in each country.
Adam Turner, the commercial director of Emap Radio’s Kiss FM, has moved
to the company’s sales operation, Emap On Air, where he will take on the
newly created title of business director for music. Taking his place is
Mark Hassall, commercial director for Magic FM, who will retain his
responsibility for that station. Turner’s role will focus on developing
Emap On Air’s relationship with clients.
Poster Publicity has poached Maxine Taylor from Portland Outdoor to take
up the post of account director. Taylor had responsibility for Camelot
and Scottish Courage at Portland and has 15 years of experience in the
Kelvin MacKenzie’s Talk Radio is poised to buy the Bay radio station
from its current owner, the disgraced media and football club owner,
Owen Oyston. Oyston, who was convicted of rape and indecent assault in
1996, is currently in jail and was declared ’unfit’ to run a radio
station by the Radio Authority. TalkCo is expected to pay an estimated
pounds 3.5 million for the station which broadcasts across Morecambe.
Talk is also thought to have been offered three Northern Ireland
stations owned by Oyston.