MEDIA: FOR THE RECORD

Capital Radio has announced its intention to invest in a new internet music site and go on the acquisition trail for UK radio stations. Its annual results, published last week, revealed that it was to plough pounds 5.5 million into the online venture, about which few details have been revealed. The group recorded a 3.6 per cent rise in pre-tax profits to pounds 37.1 million.

Capital Radio has announced its intention to invest in a new

internet music site and go on the acquisition trail for UK radio

stations. Its annual results, published last week, revealed that it was

to plough pounds 5.5 million into the online venture, about which few

details have been revealed. The group recorded a 3.6 per cent rise in

pre-tax profits to pounds 37.1 million.





NTL has announced a 47 per cent increase in the number of homes taking

its cable service (without the addition of the Cable & Wireless cable

interests) in the nine months to the end of September. The company now

has around 2.2 million customers and more than 90 per cent of them

subscribe to both the TV and telephony services. NTL’s chief executive,

Barclay Knapp (left), said the CWC business was now being successfully

integrated into NTL.





Total Media has won the Budgen’s media account, worth pounds 1.5

million, following a three-way pitch. MediaCom TMB was the incumbent on

the supermarket retailer’s account. Total Media will work on Budgen’s

’Great local value’ campaign.





FMCG advertisers will be offered a money-back guarantee this Christmas

by Maiden Outdoor on its point-of-sale 6-sheet poster sites outside

supermarkets. If advertisers on these sites do not see a demonstrable

sales increase in the products they are advertising they will get a

refund. The offer is a repeat of one Maiden carried out in the

summer.





Granada Media has signed up Pharmax, the manufacturer of the Infacol and

Sudocrem babycare preparations, to feature their brands in the

remodelled parent and baby rooms in Granada motorway service areas.





Emap Digital Radio has emerged as the only applicant for the Liverpool

digital multiplex licence. It is proposing eight programme services

including its own brand, Magic, and Capital’s Xfm. Emap says it will

launch the service in February 2001.





Sport First, the sports newspaper, has achieved an Audit Bureau of

Circulations figure of 100,829 for October, the highest since its launch

in March 1998.





Cosmopolitan magazine and its licensed products has been voted 1999

Brand Property of the Year in the European Licensing Industry Awards.

The brand has been licensed for a variety of products, including bags,

hosiery, bedding and spring water.





Julian Hardy (left), the commercial director of IPC’s internet venture,

IPC Electric, is leaving the company, just five months after joining.

Kevin Kerrigan, who was appointed operations director at IPC Electric

last week, will take over Hardy’s role. A spokesperson cited a

’difference of opinion over the strategic direction of the company’ as

the reason for his departure.





UK-based Mobile Outdoor Media has enlisted British lorries as mobile

advertising sites. These ’ad trucks’ will provide sites which are larger

than a 96-sheet poster, being 40ft long and 14ft high. Each truck will

have a Global Positioning System Unit to record the route and mileage

during the period of the ad space contract. Advertisers will be able to

pay from pounds 1,600 per vehicle per month to use the sites.





Commercial radio’s total revenue for the last full year has grown by

13.3 per cent to pounds 453 million. Revenue from national advertisers

between July and September - up 31 per cent on the same period last year

- is largely responsible for the increase. Radio advertising accounted

for 5.4 per cent of all display in the 12 months to June.





Chrysalis Radio has poached the Radio Authority’s deputy development

director, Daniel Owen, to become its strategy and development manager.

Owen’s key responsibilities will be to oversee the radio company’s

expansion.



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