The National Magazine Company’s Good Housekeeping has launched a
pilot magazine, Buy the Best, containing results of the Good Houskeeping
Institute’s tests on 159 consumer durables. It has a cover price of
pounds 2.95, and if successful will roll out as a quarterly.
IPC Music & Sport is launching a monthly glossy, RallySport, on 1
The international rallying title, priced at pounds 1.50, will be edited
by Martin Sharp, formerly the deputy editor of Cars & Car Conversions
and rally editor of Racecar Engineering.
Northcliffe Newspapers Group has acquired Central Independent Newspapers
and Admag Newspapers. Titles that have come into Northcliffe via the
acquisition include the Walsall Advertiser and the Sheffield Advertiser.
Pat Montague, currently the chief executive of Northcliffe’s WHY
Publications, has been appointed chairman of CIN and Admag.
John Marcom has been appointed as president of Time Inc
Marcom, who was previously president of Time Inc Asia, takes over from
Richard Atkinson, the former president of Time Inc Atlantic. Marcom will
also continue to oversee Time’s Asian operations.
Capital Radio has formed a commercial partnership with the New
Millennium Experience Company. Capital has already heralded the alliance
with a ticket giveaway for the New Year’s Eve Dome party, and Capital’s
sister stations in Birmingham and Cardiff will be the official radio
stations of the Millennium Festival in the West Midlands and Wales.
The Tempus Group has announced a 16 per cent increase in pre-tax profits
to pounds 7.4 million for the six months to 30 June. The group’s interim
results also revealed an 18 per cent rise in turnover to pounds 706
million and record net new-business gains of pounds 305 million,
representing a year-on-year growth of 125 per cent. Unaudited UK
turnover fell from pounds 207,298 million last year to pounds 176,124
Virgin Radio is launching its own trade extranet, enabling agencies to
access data relating to trading, campaign information and special agency
promotional opportunities. This will complement the industry-wide JICRIT
initiative, and will add services such as share-of-voice reports, which
are not currently available on JICRIT.
The youth TV channel, Rapture, has agreed distribution terms with Cable
& Wireless. The agreement will enable the channel, which is currently
available to four million homes, to reach an additional 850,000 homes
across the UK from next month.
The broadcasting group, CLT-Ufa, has recorded a net profit of Euro 371
million (pounds 238 million) for the first half of 1999, compared with
Euro 58 million (pounds 37.7 million) for the same period last year.
Consolidated turnover rose 8 per cent to Euro 1.5 billion (pounds 1
The northern media agencies, DMS and Media Lane, have merged to form
Brilliant Independent Media Specialists with claimed billings of pounds
100 million. David Moutrie, the managing director of DMS, becomes the
managing director of the new venture, while Media Lane’s founding
director, Steve Lane, becomes chairman.
Yorkshire Post Newspapers has launched a monthly glossy magazine
targeting 20- to 35-year-old professionals. AbsoluteLeeds covers
clubbing, cooking and interiors and will run celebrity interviews. It
has a pounds 1 cover price but will be distributed free in bars and
The Scottish Media Group sent more than 2,000 double-size copies of last
week’s Campaign to clients, media planners and buyers across the UK. The
massive Campaigns carried the real news of the week plus special ads
promoting SMG’s growth over the past few years. The creative agency was