Media: For The Record

Live TV, the Mirror Group’s cable TV channel, has issued a High Court writ against the cable TV company, CableTel, for excluding the channel from its basic package offer. Live TV has a ten-year contract with the cable companies and CableTel, in introducing a mini four-channel pounds 7.95 basic package, did not include Live TV.

Live TV, the Mirror Group’s cable TV channel, has issued a High

Court writ against the cable TV company, CableTel, for excluding the

channel from its basic package offer. Live TV has a ten-year contract

with the cable companies and CableTel, in introducing a mini

four-channel pounds 7.95 basic package, did not include Live TV.



Pearson Television has agreed to sell its interests in the satellite and

cable channels, UK Gold (20 per cent) and UK Living (25 per cent), to

Flextech as part of the joint venture between Flextech and the BBC. The

sale involves the payment of pounds 7.8 million by Flextech,

representing the repayment of UK Living loan stock, and Pearson

Television receiving 8.8 million Flextech ordinary shares, representing

5.6 per cent of the enlarged Flextech.



IPC Magazines’ SouthBank Group has appointed Stacey Paul group head,

marketing, across its fashion, teenage, parenting, hair and bridal

titles. Paul joins from the Publishing Consultancy where she was group

sales director for several titles, including Bella, Take a Break and

That’s Life.



ITV has submitted detailed plans to the three main political parties of

its proposal to broadcast the first televised debate between the party

leaders. Any programme would be produced jointly by ITN and LWT for the

entire network. ITV is determined to secure the debate exclusively ahead

of the BBC.



Sky Television has secured the exclusive rights to England’s World Cup

clash with Italy on 11 October. Italy’s matches with Moldova (29 March)

and Poland (30 April) are included in the deal.



Paul Simon, the managing director of TSMSi, has signed up MoneyWorld,

the UK’s award-winning personal finance Website, to become part of

TSMSi’s ’smarter investor’ themed advertising package.



Leading creative agencies have more than doubled their radio expenditure

over the past four years. According to research commissioned by the

Radio Advertising Bureau, which analysed expenditure by creative agency

rather than buying point during 1996, Leo Burnett topped the table,

while DMB&B came second and Ogilvy and Mather third.



Fox Kids Network has appointed Rod Henwood managing director. Henwood,

who reports to the senior vice-president, Ynon Kreiz, will oversee all

operations including business plans for programming, on-air promotions,

marketing and technical operations. He will also support the launch of

future European ventures.



France Telecom is in talks over taking a stake in Cable and Wireless

Communications. The deal is just one of a number of options believed to

be open to C&W. Both parties have denied a report that they were

planning to collaborate in a bid for Sprint, the third largest US

long-distance operator.



London is poised to get its first giveaway digital magazine, IT

Magazine, which will be distributed free of charge at railway stations

around the capital. IT Magazine will launch on 1 April and its

publishers say it will contain a mix of articles about the world of IT,

from product reviews to job opportunities.



The two-and-a-half-year-old Cambridge Interactive TV trial ended last

week. Launched in September 1994 by a consortium including Acorn Online

Media, Anglia Television, Cambridge Cable and ICL, it set out to test

the platform on which to develop networked multimedia services. It

chalked up a number of firsts, including the first Internet service to

the TV in the home and the first interactive TV programme guide.



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