FOR THE RECORD

Hanson Group is understood to have drawn up a provisional shortlist of prospective buyers for Melody FM. GWR, Emap Radio, NRJ and Chrysalis are understood to have made it on to the list for the station, whose sale price is expected to be at least pounds 20 million. Capital is expected to make a last-minute bid if the Monopolies and Mergers Commission’s report into its failed bid for Virgin finds that the deal would have been acceptable.The report is expected within a fortnight.

Hanson Group is understood to have drawn up a provisional shortlist

of prospective buyers for Melody FM. GWR, Emap Radio, NRJ and Chrysalis

are understood to have made it on to the list for the station, whose

sale price is expected to be at least pounds 20 million. Capital is

expected to make a last-minute bid if the Monopolies and Mergers

Commission’s report into its failed bid for Virgin finds that the deal

would have been acceptable.The report is expected within a

fortnight.



The Register is offering a free tape of charity ads to all agencies

holding charity accounts. The reel contains commercials from 1997 plus a

selection of the most moving charity ads from the past 20 years.



MediaVest Manchester has landed Northern Rock’s pounds 3.5 million

account in a two-way pitch against the Edinburgh-based media shop,

Feather Brooksbank. The building society’s creative and strategic work

will continue to be handled by Cravens Advertising in Newcastle.



About three-quarters of the British public (73 per cent) do not want the

UK to adopt Europe’s policy of broadcasting pornographic satellite and

cable channels, according to CIA MediaLab’s latest Sensor survey. Women

feel more strongly about stopping Continental porn channels reaching the

UK, with 85 per cent voting against, compared with 59 per cent of

men.



The Independent Television Commission is launching an eight-week

consultation on whether the arrangements for cross-promotions between

Channel 4/S4C and Channel 3 should continue after 1998. The document

poses questions about the continuing validity of the arrangements

following the phasing out of Channel 4’s funding formula. Submissions

should reach the ITC’s secretary by 3 March.



The Times marked the launch of its 100-page glossy magazine last

Saturday by cutting the paper’s cover price from 50p to 20p. The

magazine, which is aimed at 25- to 45-year olds, is being supported by a

substantial nationwide TV and poster campaign.



Alban, the poster specialist group, has broken the pounds 110 million

billings barrier after its Concord operation beat PPL, Posterscope,

Portland and IPM to secure a three-year poster buying deal from

Peugeot-Citroen. The boost in billings places the group in the top 20 of

UK media buying agencies.



David Pugh, the chief executive of Mills & Allen, has promoted Lawrence

Haines, currently network director, to managing director, while David

McEvoy becomes marketing director.



Pearson is to consolidate all its electronic business publishing under

one roof, under the name Financial Times Electronic Publishing. The

move, which aims to capitalise on the Financial Times brand, creates a

much enlarged FT.com Internet site, a substantial part of which will now

be subscription based.



Carlton Select has appointed Jeremy Hallsworth, the sales operations

director at Carlton Television, as its new managing director.

Hallsworth, who will be responsible for the cable channels, Carlton

Select and Carlton Food Network, replaces Janet Goldsmith, who has

resigned.



The Radio Authority has offered the new Independent Local Radio FM

licence to First Love Radio, which will serve south-east London. The

station will provide music from the 60s to the 90s alongside local

information. This is the 22nd ILR service to be awarded in London.



Classic FM has signed a one-year sponsorship deal with Renault UK, worth

more than pounds 500,000. Renault will sponsor the Hall of Fame Hour and

the Hall of Fame Weekend, a national poll where listeners vote for their

300 favourite pieces of music. Renault will give away a Scenic car as

part of the Easter launch.



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