More than three million UK homes now watch television via broadband cable, according to new statistics from the Independent Television Commission.

More than three million UK homes now watch television via broadband

cable, according to new statistics from the Independent Television


Almost a quarter of homes are now passed by cable and one in eight have

cable TV.

Eurosport is launching an ad campaign to promote its dedicated British

service, British Eurosport. The campaign, which was created by BMP4 with

media buying by Carat, runs across national cable TV, regional press,

radio and sports titles and national press. The channel is also

sponsoring The Independent’s Rugby World Cup supplement.

The Ginger Media Group has launched GIMP, the Ginger Interactive Media

Player, which it claims is the UK’s first online media companion. The

GIMP sits on screen while listeners work, check e-mails or surf the

internet, providing information on entertainment, station details,

retailing and ticketing opportunities. Listeners will also have access

to advertisers via permanent GIMP presence and web links. The founder

advertisers are BT Home Highway, Carlsberg and Renault.

The Heathrow Express Operating Company has advertised for an agency to

manage and develop the sale of advertising for Express TV, the on-board

TV facility on all Heathrow Express trains. The contract was previously

handled by the sales house, Katz.

The Independent Television Commission has issued a formal warning to

Channel 4 for breaching its programme code in two editions of TFI


The show, hosted by Chris Evans, ran a competition involving children,

some of whom were seen looking distressed when they lost. The ITC ruled

that there had been a ’serious lapse of judgment’ and that the show

contravened rules governing the involvement of children in


Emap On Air has appointed Julianne Toole as the direct sales manager for

Magic 105.4. She replaces Tracy George, who is moving to the radio

group’s Northern operation to become the sales director of Radio


Another appointment at Emap On Air is Rory Bett, who joins as promotions

manager from Capital Radio and will report to the account director,

David Hipkiss.

Scottish Radio Holdings’ Score Outdoor division has acquired the

Manchester-based outdoor company, Signways, for pounds 4.15 million in

cash. Score Outdoor, formed by Scottish Radio Holdings’ various

acquisitions in the local outdoor market, now operates from five cities:

Glasgow, Birmingham, Bristol, London and Manchester.

Total Film, the Future Network’s monthly magazine about movies, is being

revamped from its November issue. It will feature a new logo and a new

section called ’The Reel Stuff’, which provides detailed information

about the process of making films.

DX Communications, the mobile phone retailer, is sponsoring a new travel

bulletin on Carlton London. The one-minute travel update - provided by

Metro Networks - will be shown every weekday at 6.30pm. The sponsorship

deal was negotiated by FB Media Direct.

Emap Metro, which recently bought Wagadon’s portfolio of magazine

titles, has appointed Greg Williams as editor of Arena. Williams will be

responsible for the redesign of the magazine, from the March issue. He

was previously Arena’s commissioning editor.

Perfect Home magazine, which is published by dmg Exhibitions Group, is

being relaunched with a promotional spend of more than pounds 1.2


The new-look magazine, which will be published on 4 October, will be

supported by a TV ad campaign, bought by Austin West Media, and

newsstand promotions.

The magazine will have more features and increased pagination and

improved paper quality.


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