The Newspaper Publishers Association has elected Jeremy Deedes,
managing director of the Telegraph Group, as its chairman following the
resignation of Doug Flynn, former managing director of News
International. Deedes, who has already done one stint as chairman -
between March and November 1998 - will serve until March 2000. Flynn
resigned following his appointment as chief executive of the Aegis
Matthew Pitt, the joint media director of Ammirati Puris Lintas, has
left the company following the loss of the agency’s Rover account. Pitt
said that he had been planning a change of direction and given the
cutbacks after the Rover loss decided that the time was right to go.
ONdigital has confirmed that it has now signed up 411,000 subscribers,
with a 66 per cent rise in subscriptions between June and the end of
September. The service also hopes to have its interactive TV division
operational next year.
The Media Edge has appointed Andrew McLean as executive vice-president,
client services director. McLean is currently executive director,
advertising and media at the Walt Disney Company Europe and is a former
media executive at MediaVest. At the Media Edge he will be responsible
for developing key global accounts.
A new advertising medium launches this month offering ad space on
information maps in NCP town and city centre car parks. The initiative,
a joint venture between MMC Media and NCP, is claiming a potential
audience of 64 million customers.
Feng Shui for Modern Living has undergone a major redesign following the
appointment earlier this year of a new art director, Graeme White. The
magazine features bolder pictures, new fonts, more pages and separate
sections for UK and foreign updates. The magazine was launched 18 months
ago and has a circulation of 53,257 (Source: ABC six months to
Maiden Outdoor is beefing up its marketing department in the wake of
this month’s poor financial results. The outdoor contractor has promoted
Juan Perez to the post of marketing manager and is set to hire two more
people to join the marketing department.
Total Media has appointed Melissa Donnelly, a conference organiser who
previously worked at Access Conferences, as marketing manager with a
brief to develop new business and market the agency.
MediaCom TMB has promoted Karen Blackett and Jason Theodore to the
board. Both Blackett, who heads the Audi business, and Theodore, who
runs SmithKline Beecham, will now take on extra client and corporate
responsibilities as part of their promotion.
The International Herald Tribune has appointed Jonathan Kenny as
advertising director for its Asia Pacific region following the promotion
of Andrew Thomas to global client director. Kenny was previously
publisher of the Media & Marketing stable of magazines in Asia.
Following the takeover of Wagadon by Emap Metro, two new appointments
have been made at The Face and Arena. Steve Beale, editor of
Sleazenation magazine, has been appointed editor-at-large of The Face
and Arena and Katie Grand has joined The Face as fashion director. Grand
has acted as fashion director of Dazed & Confused.
The technology magazine, AQ, is relaunching this month in a new format
as it looks to reposition itself within the market as a title that deals
with both technology and lifestyle culture. It will be aimed at an
upmarket, international audience aged 25-40.
GWR is claiming the biggest-ever radio advertising deal in its link-up
with Coldseal Windows. With a ratecard value of pounds 6 million, the
deal runs until 31 December 2000 and doubles Coldseal’s current radio