Nick Handley, who in February left Reader’s Digest where he was the
UK advertising sales director, has resurfaced as business development
director of Premier Magazines. Handley’s brief is to extend Premier’s
range of contract titles and build the contract publisher’s role as a
website content provider.
WPP has bought a 30 per cent stake in AGB Italia Spa, a leading TV
audience measurement company. The investment is the second big stake in
a TV audience data company taken by WPP. The move underlines WPP’s
belief that the sector is gaining importance in the face of growing
client concern about TV media inflation.
CNN International has gone off air in Amsterdam and its surrounding
areas following a dispute over charges on the A2000/KTA cable system.
Turner Broadcasting System released a statement saying: ’TBS is very
disappointed that A2000/KTA and the municipality were unable to come to
a workable solution. As a result, CNN International will cease to
transmit on (the system) because the conditions remained unacceptable.’
TBS is aiming to resume its presence in Amsterdam as soon as
Carlton has revealed more details of the ONdigital line-up. Carlton
Kids, which launches in the autumn, will broadcast daily from 6am to
7pm, targeting pre-school to teenage viewers. Carlton World kicks off at
7pm, broadcasting factual programming until midnight.
The Radio Authority has published a consultative document about the
replacement of the Promise of Performance, which lays down programming
obligations for commercial stations. Under the proposal, a broadcaster’s
output would be regulated using a less rigid format, which will aim to
encapsulate the character of a station. Responses are being sought from
listeners, licensees and other interested parties.
Mars has agreed its first on-pack promotion with a media brand in the
UK, in a tie-up with the Cartoon Network. Milky Way bars and Crispy
Rolls will feature Cartoon Network characters, including Yogi bear,
Dastardly and Mutley and stars of Dexter’s Laboratory. Children
collecting the wrappers can match two halves of a famous cartoon to win
a Cartoon Network watch.
The High Court has rejected an application for a judicial review from
the businessman, Francis Wildman, of the decision by the Radio Authority
to allow Capital Radio’s AM services to be part-networked. Mr Justice
Owen pointed out that it was not up to the court to make the decision,
as the Radio Authority had been entrusted by Parliament with that
Challenge TV has introduced two new logos which will replace the old
versions with the yellow background. The main new logo is 3D-style with
tints of ice blue, and Challenge Late’s logo is a blue-and-red question
mark against tints of mauve.
Capital Advertising has made appointments for its new regional offices
in Scotland and Birmingham. Tony Keaveny joins from the Daily Mail to
become the regional sales director of Manchester, Birmingham and
Scotland; and Alison Moore and Viv Woodward join the Manchester office
as account manager and sales planner respectively.
Maiden Outdoor is sponsoring the four student creatives who scooped the
poster prizes at this year’s D&AD Student Awards by paying for a month’s
placement for each of them at Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO. They are Chris
Thompson, Paul Campbell, Iain Hutchinson and Terry Sansome. The
competition brief was to raise awareness of the RNLI.
Flextech-owned UK Living is planning to broadcast a Jerry Springer
weekend on 10 and 11 October. It will feature back-to-back editions
including ’Mom Will You Marry Me?’ and ’My Sister and I Have Sex’.