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
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
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.