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
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
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
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.