British Digital Broadcasting - the consortium bidding for the
digital terrestrial TV licences - last week confirmed that it would not
charge customers for the programmes they currently receive free. The
company was asked by the National Heritage select committee if popular
programmes such as Coronation Street would be siphoned off to
pay-per-view channels if BDB launches its digital terrestrial services.
Nigel Walmsley, a director of BDB, assured that this would not
BBC Magazines’ Match of the Day title has been reduced from weekly to
monthly frequency after failing to achieve circulation targets six
months after its launch. The 6 February issue will be the last until
April, when a bi-monthly pilot will precede the regular monthly
Radio Investments, the radio holding company, has taken control of the
Scottish station, Central FM, which covers both the Glasgow and
Edinburgh regions, having raised its stake in the station from 23 to 60
Nokia has signed up as sponsor of NBC Superchannel’s most popular show,
the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The deal, said to be worth a
seven-figure sum, was concluded between NBC and Nokia’s media buying
company, MediaCom. It will incorporate sponsorship credits and spot
airtime and will run for a 12-month period.
Icon Publishing has launched Holidays, a monthly title aimed at AB
adults who holiday abroad at least once a year. The magazine has an
initial print run of 40,000 and retails at pounds 1.95. The March issue
carries interviews with Richard Branson and Jill Dando.
The Radio Authority has decided to give the GWR Group a period of grace
until 7 April to enable the broadcasting company to come within the
ownership provisions of the 1996 Broadcasting Act. The acquisition of
Classic FM put GWR over the 15 per cent limit on radio ownership.
Zenith Media Worldwide has opened a Singapore office making it the
country’s largest media buyer. The office incorporates the existing
media departments of Bates Advertising and Saatchi and Saatchi and is
headed by the managing director, Tan Lay Geok.
Conde Nast’s World of Interiors has teamed up with the Chelsea Harbour
Design Centre for Chelsea Harbour Spring Week, in association with
Chelsea Design Week and Living Design London. The March issue of World
of Interiors will feature a pocket-sized Chelsea Harbour Design Centre
Saatchi and Saatchi has won a monthly Aerial Award and has been given a
runners-up spot for its Club 18-30 ’Colin and Knight’ commercials. The
ads were written by Ed Robinson and Dave Hillyard. The other runners-up
were Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters’ Health Education Authority ad, ’wind
up’, and M&C Saatchi’s Fosters ad, ’appendix’.
The Emap Group’s legal action against Haymarket Publishing over its
planned launch of the television magazine, the Box, is to move to a full
trial. Emap already owns the cable television channel, the Box, and
sought an interim injunction against the Haymarket launch in order to
’protect the reputation of its brands’.
Gruner and Jahr’s science and discovery magazine, Focus, has been
redesigned. It gets a new logo, better pictures and new lifestyle
content. Pagination will increase to more than 130 by April.
Telegraph Enterprises is to launch a new Telegraph-branded fashion
range, the T Collection, aimed at the mid-market, 35- to 70-year-old age