MEDIA BRIEFS

The Radio Authority has launched a consultation to ’clarify the potential’ for the national radio stations, Classic FM, Virgin 1215 and Talk Radio, to broadcast local programming opt-outs for up to ten hours a week. The stations were offered the option when their licences were granted, but so far none of them has split their programming.

The Radio Authority has launched a consultation to ’clarify the

potential’ for the national radio stations, Classic FM, Virgin 1215 and

Talk Radio, to broadcast local programming opt-outs for up to ten hours

a week. The stations were offered the option when their licences were

granted, but so far none of them has split their programming.



United News & Media has appointed the former ICI chairman, Sir Ronnie

Hampel, to succeed Lord Stevens who steps down as chairman on July

1.



Bloomberg Television has signed digital carriage and interactive

television deals with Cable & Wireless Communications. Bloomberg TV will

be available 24 hours a day and will be included in CWC’s digital

roll-out which begins on July 1 in Manchester.



The BBC has appointed Margaret Salmon, currently BBC director of

personnel, as chief executive of BBC Resources. Salmon succeeds Rod

Lynch, who is leaving the BBC after six years.



Carlton Television has appointed Nick Bullen to the newly created post

of head of factual entertainment and deputy controller of factual

programmes. Bullen, who is currently Granada’s executive producer of

factual entertainment, will be responsible for developing a wide range

of factual entertainment programmes, including OK!TV, which has been

commissioned for this autumn.



CNBC has appointed Toni McHugh to the position of vice-president,

European director global advertising sales. McHugh will manage the

network’s sales operations in the UK, Germany and France and work

closely with Dow Jones’ print and online publications to promote the use

of use of cross-media opportunities. McHugh was formerly general sales

manager of WCBD-TV in the US.



ONdigital is to launch an improved digital television text service in

the next few months. It will allow ONdigital to offer a full seven-day

electronic programme guide to match Sky’s EPG.



Citrus, the customer publishing agency, has appointed Mark Winthrop to

the newly created position of advertising director. Winthrop was

formerly advertisement manager for SkyDigital TV Guide, which is

published by Redwood.



Wembley Arena has signed a year-long sponsorship deal with Virgin Radio.

Under the agreement, Wembley Arena will provide branded sites for Virgin

Radio on each concourse, including lightboxes and ballustrade boards in

the main auditorium. In addition, Virgin Radio will be played in the

concourse during event days before guests enter the main auditorium.



Portland Advertising has hired Jonathan Cooper from McCann-Erickson to

spearhead the opening of its office in Bucharest, Romania. Prior to

working at McCanns in Bucharest, Cooper was head of television at Leagas

Shafron Davis in London, which closed over a year ago.



Andrew Neil, editor-in-chief of The Scotsman, has been promoted to the

position of publisher. At the same time, Ben Hardy, chief executive, is

to move to a non-executive role.



Maiden Outdoor has revamped its corporate web site, www.maiden.co.uk, as

it aims to be more interactive for media planners and buyers by

providing more information about the outdoor industry. Maiden has also

downloaded the contents of its annual industry guide to outdoor, Posters

in Perspective.



News Group Newspapers has promoted Richard Webb to the position of

deputy general manager. Webb will retain his title and role of

advertisement director for NGN title The Sun and the News of the World,

but will also provide support for the company’s general manager, Clive

Milner.



Haymarket Magazines, part of the group which publishes Marketing, has

bought Gramophone Publications. Haymarket will take over the published

guides, books, quarterly publications and electronic publications. The

move is part of a programme of expansion by Haymarket. In January it

acquired Stuff magazine and last week it launched The Net, a monthly

guide to the best sites on the internet.



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