Telewest has agreed to pay pounds 428m for the 50% stake in Cable
London it does not already own. The stake was sold by NTL and gives
Telewest potential access to some 6.1 million British homes.
BBC World television and BBC World Service radio are joining forces this
week to launch an international marketing campaign across Europe, India
and East Asia to highlight the BBC’s position as a leading provider of
news on television, radio and the internet. The creative is through The
Works Consultancy and media is handled by The Media Edge.
CIA Sensor has released research suggesting that increasing the licence
fee by pounds 24 to fund BBC digital TV is likely to lead to almost half
of those who have switched to digital cancelling their subscription. CIA
Sensor, part of CIA Medianetwork, said that 40% of those who now have
digital say they will discontinue the service. Over half the UK
population (51%) said paying extra for digital will put them off.
Crimson Publishing is launching its first title, What Laptop and
Handheld PC. The magazine is an A4 monthly, with a cover price of pounds
2.99, designed to help consumers and businesses choose and use the most
suitable laptop and handheld computers, accessories and software. The
initial print run is 90,000.
Bloomberg Television is expanding its distribution in the UK by signing
a carriage deal with Telewest Communications. The agreement will give
Bloomberg round-the-clock carriage on Telewest cable systems when
Telewest launches its digital services in October.
ONdigital has complained to the Office of Fair Trading about BSkyB
withholding Ryder Cup golf coverage from its subscribers. BSkyB said it
would show the Ryder Cup on Sky Box Office, which is not available to
The row blew up after ONdigital withheld rights to the European
Champions League - won in a deal with ITV - from other operators.
Teletext is expanding its commercial division by creating a new business
development team to exploit the opportunities offered by digital TV and
the internet and make Teletext the ’information brand’ of choice.
BSkyB has set up a new in-house production arm called Sky Productions as
part of its commitment to original programming. Sky One head of
development Mark Freeland takes on the role of head of Sky Productions,
with responsibility for the development and creation of all original TV
shows for Sky One and Sky Premier.
ONdigital has taken its first step toward interactive services by
striking a deal with internet service provider, Demon Internet. The
partnership will enable ONdigital’s customers to send and receive
e-mails via TV sets.
The Telegraph Group has appointed Joy Grover as its new corporate
affairs manager. Grover previously worked at Hill and Knowlton for five
years as a senior account director. Prior to that she was marketing
manager for the Worldwide Fund for Nature in Australia.
Flextech, the pay TV group, is negotiating with Open about providing the
home-shopping group with up to five branded channels. The deal is likely
to include Flextech’s existing interactive brands: SceneOne, the online
listings guide, TV Travel Shop and Screenshop, the TV and online
Future Publishing plans to increase its contract publishing activity and
has created two new positions to manage the process. Stuart Anderton has
been promoted to strategic development manager from his position as
publisher, while James Pembroke will head the contract publishing
Both report to Jane Ingham, Future’s managing director.
Classic FM is to launch a series of record titles to encourage a new
type of consumer into the classical market. ’The Great Composers’ series
launches on September 13 and provides a mixture of popular and less
well-known works by individual composers, under the Classic FM brand
It will be backed by a pounds 250,000 marketing and advertising
Hugo Drayton is the Telegraph Group’s director of marketing and
promotions, not Hugo Young as reported in last week’s issue. Drayton
heads the Telegraph’s new media operations and reports to Dan Colson,
vice-chairman of Hollinger International.