British Eurosport has reached an agreement with Telewest for
carriage on the cable company’s analogue and digital services. The
channel will be included in Telewest’s entry-level Millennium Access TV
and phone package. Michel Kubler, deputy managing director of Eurosport,
said: ’This agreement means that British Eurosport is now available in
3.5 million UK homes.’
Emap is planning to launch FHM in South Africa this November, having
already established the lads’ magazine in Australia, Singapore,
Malaysia, Turkey and France. The launch will be a 50/50 joint venture
with the South African magazine publisher, National Magazines. The
partners will spend pounds 400,000 marketing the title.
Total Media has bought the Midlands-based agency, Birmingham Media,
which will be rebranded Total Media North. Barry Took, Birmingham
Media’s founder, will be the managing director of the new agency, and
will be joined on the board by Total Media’s chief executive, Mike Sell
(pictured), joint managing director, Guy Sellers, and financial
director, Andrew Dunlop. The agency bills around pounds 2 million and
principal clients include the NEC and Sleepeezee Beds.
Gillian Laskier, director of BBC Worldwide UK’s Family Publishing Group,
has promoted three of her staff to newly created publishing roles.
Lindsaye Fox, publisher of Live & Kicking and Top of the Pops magazines,
takes on responsibility for all publishing for teenage and aspirational
teenage brands. Toni Round, assistant publisher, pre-school magazines,
takes charge of all UK children’s factual publishing. Helen McAleer,
assistant publisher, consumer products, will head all book, video and
audio publishing related to pre-school brands.
Nickelodeon UK has promoted its head of on-air promotions, Steve
Shannon, to creative director across all its channels including Nick Jr,
which launches next month. Shannon will be in charge of the creative
look and promotion of Nickelodeon UK on- and off-air.
The merger partners, Trinity and Mirror Group, both reported robust
half-year profits last Friday. Trinity’s pre-tax profits rose 18 per
cent to pounds 42.5 million for the six months to end June 1999. Mirror
Group’s pre-tax profits increased by 67 per cent to pounds 40
Waitrose Food Illustrated - the April relaunch of John Brown
Publishing’s Food Illustrated - is expected to record an ABC of more
than 300,000 this week.
David Walsh, advertisement director of the Financial Times, has made
further changes to his team, including promoting Andrew Skarzynski,
classified recruitment manager, to client sales manager. He replaces
Claire Payne, who has been made classified sales manager. Paul
Maraviglia, regional manager for France, Spain and the Middle East,
takes on the new role of head of corporate sales, and Richard
Winchurch-Beale, head of sales, has been made UK agency sales
H. Bauer is running a four-issue campaign for Take a Break magazine,
comprising a game card promotion with a pounds 1 million cash prize. The
promotion - spanning TV, direct marketing and press - kicks off on 9
September, with a campaign created by Mustoe Merriman Herring Levy and
planned and bought by Motive Communications.
Reed Elsevier issued a profits warning last Thursday, its fourth in
seven months. Shares fell by nine pence on the news and analysts reduced
full-year profit targets from pounds 740 million to pounds 700
Dennis & Beyond, Dennis Publishing’s customer magazine publishing arm,
has won four new contracts. They are Feel Good, for the Fitness Industry
Association; Well*Red, for the national delivery network, Red Star;
moneyeyeXtra, for the web-based financial services information provider,
the eXchange; and Business Outlook, for the cable company, Telewest.