The video-on-demand service Yes TV has lost a commercial contract
with the cable operator NTL and this week announced it would delay its
stock market flotation. NTL has said it will look at alternative
video-on-demand suppliers and has terminated its agreement with Yes TV
to test its services in Cardiff.
Conde Nast has produced a 68-page supplement for its May edition of
Vogue. Real Dressing is aimed at thirtysomething women who want to take
a more pragmatic approach to fashion and beauty. A national press
campaign through European Media Management will support it.
The US entertainment giant Time Warner has surpassed expectations in its
results for the first quarter of 2000. Revenue rose 7.5 per cent to
dollars 6.5 billion, while earnings before interest and tax increased by
13 per cent to dollars 1.17 billion. The results were boosted by strong
advertising for its publishing division, Time Inc, and subscription
sales and advertising in its cable TV business.
The Times’ Weekend editor Catherine Ostler has been poached by former
Tatler editor Jane Procter to work on her new internet venture. Ostler
joins Peoplenews.com after a six-month stint on the Weekend section. The
new lifestyle site has a ’soft launch’ in the summer with an official
launch expected in the autumn.
Virgin Radio has accepted the Radio Authority’s terms for the renewal of
its national analogue licence, which comes into effect on 1 May. The new
bid is pounds 1 million per year and will be adjusted annually.
NME.com is hosting a two-day conference to debate the growing impact of
the internet and other technologies on the music industry. The
conference, on 15-16 May, will start with a keynote speech from Michael
Robertson, the chief executive of MP3.com.
Eurosport’s website, Eurosport.com, has launched a free e-mail service
for its users. Laurent-Eric Le Hay, the head of Eurosport Enterprises,
said: ’It’s an important step to providing an expanding selection of
services including a daily sports newsletter, games, a forum and soon,
personal home pages.’
Classic FM has launched a multimillion-pound marketing campaign with
Nestle’s Fruitful breakfast cereal to promote both its breakfast
programming and its CD label, The Full Works. Around 300,000 cereal
packets will carry a free front-mounted CD, and all one million
promotional packs will carry tokens for the CD.
Tess MacLeod Smith, the associate publisher of Conde Nast’s Vogue, is
leaving the company at the end of next month to join the online property
portal smove.com as commerical director. She has also worked on World of
Interiors, The Economist and Management Today.
IPC tx’s TV Times will carry four different covers for its Easter
edition, featuring different Pokemon characters. Peter Genower, the
editor of the TV Times, commented: ’Easter has become a mini-Christmas
for us in terms of sales and we wanted to offer our readers something
Carat International has hired Stephen White, a former advertising
executive for The Economist in Germany, as its business development
director. White, who replaces Kirk McPherson, now at MindShare, reports
to the managing director for new business, Brian Jacobs.
Ziff Davis, the international computer magazine publisher, is selling
its European subsidiaries, which will affect ten magazines including IT
Week, PC Magazine and PC Direct in the UK. The move follows the recent
pounds 490 million acquisition of the company’s assets by the US
investment company Willis Stein & Partners.
Charlie Meredith, the deputy editor of IPC’s TV & Satellite Week, has
been appointed as business manager for IPC tx. Part of his remit will be
to help grow IPC tx’s print and electronic brands.