ITN is planning to launch its own 24-hour TV news channel, and
could take it on air as early as November. Speculation about the move
was fuelled by the decision two months ago to turn the programming of
its part-owned radio station, News Direct, over to ITN, using News
Direct’s output as a model for a TV channel.
Telewest has triumphed in a shoot-out against its rival cable company,
NTL, to buy the latter’s 50 per cent stake in Cable London. In an
unusual procedure, NTL nominated the price, leaving Telewest the option
of buying the stake or selling its own 50 per cent interest. The deal
values Cable London at about pounds 1 billion.
Hamish Kinniburgh, a planner at Mediapolis, is leaving to join the media
communications consultancy, Unity, as a media strategist. He joins the
agency on 6 September.
Richard Atkinson (left), president of Time Atlantic, has been promoted
to chief financial officer and executive vice-president of Time. He
replaces Joseph Ripp, who has become the chief financial officer of
Time’s parent company, Time Warner.
Adscene Kent Newspapers has changed its name to Kent Regional
Paul Gibson, the newspaper group’s regional managing director, said: ’We
are changing our name to reflect our strength in the county. People have
not been aware that we sell almost 100,000 paid-for newspapers each
CIA Medianetwork has appointed Henry Boorman as chief information
The newly created role involves improving the use of technology and
information communication throughout the group. Prior to joining CIA,
Boorman was the European client services director at the financial
software house, Infinity.
Music Innovations has been appointed as the BBC’s exclusive event
sponsorship agent for BBC Music Live, a country-wide celebration of live
music that will take place in May 2000 and involve concerts, street
festivals and schools activities across all BBC regions.
Beefeater launches a campaign this autumn in a bid to position itself at
the heart of what’s great about Britain and British food. The company is
sponsoring Channel 5’s It’s A Knockout, is making an advertiser-funded
food programme for the channel, and is distributing recipe books in
consumer magazines as part of a pounds 1.5 million push through Motive
CurrantBun.com has appointed Andy Coulson, associate editor of The Sun,
as its new editorial director. Coulson will oversee the creative content
of the site, as well as the online editions of The Sun and News of The
Feng Shui for Modern Living has appointed Kelly Monroe Penhaligon as
deputy editor. She was previously the managing editor of Volvo Magazine
at Redwood Publishing. The magazine has also brought in Graeme White, a
former guest editor/director of Elle Decoration, as the head
First Direct is sponsoring an entire night’s programming on FilmFour in
order to offer free viewing on the normally pay-per-view channel. The
deal has been struck to celebrate First Direct’s tenth birthday, and the
films will all have a ’first’ theme.
Future Publishing is to increase its rate of expansion through
acquisitions and the development of its contract publishing business.
Stuart Anderton (left) has been appointed strategic development manager
and will focus on the acquisition front, while James Pembroke will head
Future’s contract publishing division.
Crimson Publishing has launched its first title, What Laptop & Handheld
PC, a monthly magazine with a print run of 90,000. The A4-sized title
costs pounds 2.99 and provides readers with independent advice,
information and news on the laptop sector.