Channel 5 is stating its sporting ambitions with the appointment of Robert Charles to the new position of controller of sport.

Channel 5 is stating its sporting ambitions with the appointment of

Robert Charles to the new position of controller of sport.

He was previously controller of sport at Yorkshire Television.

ITV has signed up the motor giant, Ford, as sponsor of the 1997 Royal

Tournament. The event will be screened on ITV this summer for the first

time, although Ford has been involved as an event sponsor for the past

five years. The ITV deal was negotiated by Laser Sales and Ford’s media

company, the Network.

The Financial Times is to sponsor a programming segment on the national

classical music radio station, Classic FM. The feature, called the

Weekend Starts Here, will form part of the Jamie Crick show and will run

for 27 weeks. The deal was brokered by the FT’s media company,


Radio 1 is promoting its coverage of the top summer music festivals

using 25 ’gonks’ knitted by members of Camden Age Concern. The toys will

attend festivals such as T-in-the-Park, Phoenix and Reading and pictures

of them will be made into posters and ads in the music press. The

campaign is by Radio 1’s agency, St Luke’s.

The British Airways magazine, High Life, published by Premier Magazines,

has launched a new section called the Centre to help readers navigate

their way around the title. The 32-page section includes entertainment

listings, maps, duty free and plane details.

The Kent Messenger Group and the Lille-based newspaper company, La Voix

du Nord, have formed an alliance with the Channel tunnel operator,

Eurotunnel, to produce a free, fortnightly tabloid newspaper, Le Shuttle

Express, for three years.

Conde Nast has formed a joint venture with Independent Newspapers to

publish magazines in South Africa. The venture is called Conde Nast

Independent Magazines and will publish its first magazine, House and

Garden, next year. Elizabeth Rees-Jones, the former London-based

managing director of Presse Publishing, will head the new


The Paramount channel has struck a deal with the snack food brand,

Phileas Fogg, to sponsor its comedy slot, Britcom. The sponsorship

begins on 4 August and will run on the nightly show for an initial three


A new magazine covering alternative science is launched by the Magazine

Marketing Company this month. Ethos is a bi-monthly title targeting a

broad demographic readership interested in alternative science theories

ranging from ancient medicine to cyber technology.

The magazine will be on sale from 23 July at pounds 2.95.

The Ham and High and the Oxford Times are joint winners of the Weekly

Paid-for Newspaper of the Year award in the Newspaper Society’s Weekly

Newspaper Awards. The Free Newspaper Community Award went to the

Haringey Advertiser.

Capital Gold’s mid-morning presenter, Mike Osman, has won the Commercial

Radio Companies Association’s Newcomer of the Year award. The awards

cover all aspects of radio, including programming, marketing and sales


The Radio Advertising Bureau and the Commercial Radio Companies

Association have launched a programme of initiatives to increase the

profile of commercial radio and re-establish confidence in Rajar.

Project 2010 comprises five strands outlining areas of improvement for

the medium.

Century Radio is the latest station to appoint Katz Radio Sales to

handle its sales. One of the first regional licences to broadcast in

September 1994, it previously ran its sales through the

soon-to-be-disbanded MSM.

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