Channel 5 is rumoured to be bidding to take the thrice-weekly soap,
Brookside, from Channel 4. The show, which draws an average audience of
seven million viewers, is produced by Phil Redmond’s Mersey Television
and has run on Channel 4 since the station launched in 1982.
Jones Education Company, the European subsidiary of Jones International,
the cable operation, has appointed Katz Television Sales as the UK sales
company for the launch of the cable-exclusive channel, Knowledge TV. The
channel launches this month and will cover specialist areas such as
business, careers, finance, computers and technology.
The Independent Television Commission has decided that the merger of MAI
and United News and Media that took place early last year could not be
expected to operate against the public interest. The announcement
follows consideration of the merger under the Broadcasting Act, which
did not come into effect until 1 November 1996.
The Channel 4 board directors are to launch a campaign to convert the
station into a charitable trust, in an
attempt to protect it from privatisation plans that could be worth up to
pounds 2 billion to the next government.
The Media Business Group has reported pre-tax profits up 42 per cent to
pounds 585,000 for the six months to 31 October 1996. Turnover rose 29
per cent to pounds 63 million. Allan Rich, the chairman of the group,
said: ’The directors anticipate a very satisfactory outcome for the full
Media Sales and Marketing, the Capital Radio-owned radio sales house,
has announced the judges for its radio advertising competition
(Campaign, last week). The chairman of the judging panel is Tim Mellors,
the creative director of Mellors Reay.
He is joined by Patrick Collister, the creative director of Ogilvy and
Mather; Mike Smallwood, the media director at Lowe Howard-Spink; Trista
Grant, the managing director of Universal McCann; Tony Douglas, the
chief executive of the Central Office of Information; Sholto
Douglas-Hulme, the head of advertising at BT and David Mansfield, the
group commercial director at Capital Radio.
Tim Schoonmaker, the chief executive of Emap Radio Group, has been
appointed chairman of the Commercial Radio Companies Association.
Schoonmaker’s brief will include such issues as BBC cross-promotion and
the impact of a new Broadcasting Act on UK radio. Meanwhile, the 1997
CRCA Awards will be sponsored by KPMG in a three-year deal.
Chrysalis Group, the music and media conglomerate, has appointed Geoff
Howard-Spink as a non-executive director. Howard-Spink is a director of
the international advertising company, the Lowe Group, and he founded
the agency, Lowe Howard-Spink, with Frank Lowe in 1981.
CNN is teaming up with Time magazine to produce Impact, a weekly
prime-time news magazine programme that is designed to make use of the
media owners’ global newsgathering operations. The programme will
premier on CNN International on 8 March.
Frontline Media has been reappointed to handle media buying for
Daihatsu. The account was the subject of a review, although it is not
known how many other agencies were involved.
The European Commission is to curb the powers of
cable and satellite operators to ensure viewers across Europe will not
be charged to view prestigious national sporting events. The news comes
on the back of BSkyB’s move to strengthen its position in a deal with
Carlton and LWT for a digital terrestrial licence.