British Interactive Broadcasting has appointed James Ackerman,
currently the head of Sky Television’s joint venture channels, as its
chief executive after the incumbent, David Hilton, resigned suddenly
last week. BIB is the joint venture between BSkyB, BT, Midland Bank and
Commercial radio has achieved an annual share in excess of 5 per cent
for the first time. The Advertising Association’s recent quarterly
survey of advertising expenditure shows that commercial radio has held a
5.1 per cent share of the market over the 12 months ending March 1998.
This quarter is the third in a row in which expenditure has been over 5
per cent. Justin Sampson, the operations director of the Radio
Advertising Bureau, said: ’Such sustained growth is a demonstration of
advertisers’ increased confidence in radio.’
Insight Media has launched an advertising space on the back of airline
tickets. The initiative is designed to reach 257 million air travellers
a year through IATA tickets and Insight believes it can offer
advertisers a target audience comprising 82.3 per cent ABC1s.
The Guardian and Observer have promoted Chris Pelakanou, the newspaper
group head, and Adam Freeman, the magazine group head, to agency sales
managers. Penny Stokes takes on a new role as the head of agency
strategy and development; Mary O’Hara will head a new integrated
solutions unit incorporating the sponsorship department; and Nick
Gillett is promoted to internet sales manager.
Tony Illsley, the president of Walkers Snack Foods, is tipped to take
over as the chief executive of the UK’s second largest cable operator,
Telewest. The previous chief executive, Stephen Davidson, resigned in
Emap Elan has brought in Jo Elvin to edit New Woman, succeeding Dawn
Bebe who was recently promoted to publishing director of the title.
Elvin was the launch editor for Attic Futura’s B magazine, and editor of
its sister title, Sugar. She has recently been freelancing at Emap
Elan’s More magazine.
WV Publications, the publisher of What Video & TV, is launching Women’s
Health on 10 September. The magazine will focus on fitness, fashion and
beauty, and claims it will take an ’alternative look’ at the issues,
leaving out ’skinny models’ and featuring less conventional subjects
such as tattoos and kick boxing. Women’s Health will run monthly at
David Atkey, part of Atlantic 252’s launch team, has been brought back
to the radio station as its operations controller. Atkey was formerly at
Talk Radio, Atlantic’s sister station. His remit will include
responsibility for the station’s interaction with its core 15- to
Roger Luard, the group chief executive of Flextech, has died after a
brief neurological illness. Luard became the chief executive in 1986
when Flextech was a small oil services company, and oversaw its growth
as it became the largest provider of television channels to the UK’s
cable and satellite market. A fund is being established to sponsor
neurological research, to which donations may be made at: The
Quadrangle, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1YX.
Capital Advertising has signed a new deal with Pepsi which sees the
drink’s sponsorship of the Pepsi Chart extended into the year 2000. The
deal was extended live on air across 80 commercial stations on the fifth
anniversary of the first Pepsi Chart show.
Talk Radio has secured exclusive radio commentary of Manchester United’s
Champions League campaign, which follows its deal with exclusive
broadcasts of Chelsea’s European Cup Winners’ Cup games.