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
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
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
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.