Sky Television will launch its digital satellite service on 1
October and will offer consumers a package of channels from as little as
pounds 5.99 a month, the satellite broadcaster announced last week. The
company is also offering to instal digital reception equipment free of
charge and aims to have around 50 per cent of the estimated 12 million
pay-TV homes by 2003.
The Radio Authority has received 13 applications for the new regional
licence for Central Scotland. Among the applicants are Jazz FM, Capital
Radio with its Fun Radio format, London News Radio with the Scottish
News Radio proposal and the Chrysalis Radio-backed the Edge consortium.
A decision will be made early in the new year.
A public interest test will be held by the Radio Authority regarding
Chrysalis Radio’s proposed takeover of Choice FM Birmingham from Soul
Media Ltd. Chrysalis’s Heart 100.7 station’s audience overlaps
significantly with Choice FM’s, and the closing date for comments is 2
IPC has appointed Caroline Lowe as head of ad marketing for its Country
& Leisure Group. She joins from Haymarket Publishing where she was
research manager for the consumer group. Meanwhile, IPC has promoted its
new-media producer, Nick Wray, to media publisher. He will be
responsible for identifying new-media opportunities to generate
Asda is posed to sign a deal with the cable and satellite company,
Flextech, to launch its own home-shopping channel on digital TV. Viewers
will be able to buy Asda’s goods by using their remote-control units.
The channel, which will include cookery, gardening, fashion and home
improvement programmes, will start with a dozen programmes made in the
run-up to Christmas, with a full channel launch late next year.
As part of its brand extension programme, Cosmopolitan has launched a
Virtual Makeover CD-Rom. Priced at pounds 29.99, it can be bought at
Dixons, Boots, John Lewis, W. H. Smith and PC World. The package allows
people to scan in a photo, try out hairstyles and cosmetics on the image
and experiment with looks.
Sarah-Jane O’Malley, who heads Emap On Air’s national sales teams for
the Magic radio brand, has been promoted to sales director of Emap On
Air’s Northern operation. She will oversee Emap’s three sales operations
in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.
Martin Campbell, the managing editor of Talk Radio, has been appointed
by the Radio Authority to be its head of programming and advertising. He
replaces David Lloyd, who will leave at the end of July.
IPC Magazines has poached Men’s Health editor, Phil Hilton, to work on
IPC’s new projects in the male lifestyle sector. Andy McDuff, managing
director of IPC’s Music & Sport Group, said: ’We are committed to growth
through launch and acquisition, and attracting talented players like
Phil are a key part of that.’
Channel 4 has decided to offer its Film Four a la carte movie channel to
Sky to retail and market to its digital subscribers. The channel will
show new Channel 4 films before they get a terrestrial airing and will
broadcast for 12 hours a day, between 6pm and 6am, seven days a week.
Channel 4’s chief executive, Michael Jackson (pictured), said the
channel would complement, not imitate, the mainstream Hollywood pay-TV
Equinox has been appointed to handle the strategic media planning and
buying for Vinopolis, an adult visitor attraction devoted to the world
of wine. The venue opens on London’s Bankside next year and hopes to
attract more than 500,000 visitors each year.