The cable operator, Telewest, has announced that it has agreed to
acquire the TV group Flextech for pounds 2.26 billion in shares. Tony
Illsley, Telewest’s chief executive, will hand over to Adam Singer,
Flextech’s chief executive (pictured left). Illsley will become group
managing director, reporting to Singer.
The online betting service, Blue Square, will be available through Open,
the interactive TV service, in March. Open users will have to
pre-register with Blue Square to ensure that they are over 18 years old
before they can use the service. Open has also signed a deal with the
local information website, UpMyStreet.com.
The magazine publisher, Attic Futura, has appointed the Manchester-based
sales house, V Media, to handle its regional advertising sales. Caroline
Connor, Attic Futura’s group advertising director, said: ’Bringing a
regional sales house on board will enable us to widen our net and
enhance our sales potential.’
Total Media has picked up the Holiday Autos media account following a
three-way pitch. Optimedia and the incumbent agency, Conrad Advertising,
also pitched for the account. Guy Sellers, joint managing director of
Total Media, said: ’Our solution to their brief was a combination of
offline and online media.’ Creative work will continue to be handled by
The publishing and sales house, Premier Media Partners, has been
appointed by BAA’s Heathrow Express to sell TV advertising and
sponsorship on the high-speed rail link between Paddington and Heathrow.
The account was won following a six-way pitch.
Channel 4 launches a website next month, called out4life.com, aimed at
gay, lesbian and bisexual web users. The website follows the
broadcaster’s announcement that it would invest pounds 15 million in
developing internet sites and portals. Out4life.com will be a lifestyle
site with news, entertainment, advice, information, services and
Rachel Davis, the former associate director of Mansfield Lang Direct
Media, has been poached by the below-the-line specialist social and
charity agency, Burnett Associates, to be its head of media. The agency
works with clients such as Greenpeace, the Co-operative Bank and the
Radio Clyde has appointed Paul Cooney managing director, replacing Alex
Dickson, who will remain as a director working on special projects.
Cooney first worked at Clyde in 1975 as a newsroom assistant, and has
moved through the ranks, as well as moving south to work at Capital
Radio for a spell.
The Commercial Radio Companies Association has elected Lord Eatwell as
its chairman. Lord Eatwell is the president of Queen’s College,
Cambridge, and has, among other political roles, served as economic
adviser to Neil Kinnock. He is also a non-executive director of Anglia
Charles Ross, the Newspaper Society’s national development manager, is
stepping down from his full-time job to develop his fledgling career in
writing. David Hoath has been appointed in his place and joins from
GWR’s Opus where he was head of regional sales.
The Chrysalis Radio Group has secured a restricted service licence in
Nottingham during March to broadcast the Galaxy brand in the region as a
warm-up for its intended application for the East Midlands regional
licence, to be advertised later this year. Advertisers will have the
chance to take up a limited number of packages available for the four
weeks of transmission.
The UK cable operator, Cable & Wireless Communications, has signed up
more than 100,000 subscribers to its digital TV service since its launch
last July. Around half of the users have not taken cable TV in the
More than 30,000 subscribers have registered for e-mail.