The Independent Television Commission has appointed PA Consulting
Group, the management systems and technology consultancy, to conduct a
survey of the key priorities for regulatory change among a number of its
licensees. The appointment is part of the audit of regulatory
requirements which the ITC announced last September.
Reuters has appointed Dennis Malmatinas, chief executive of Burger King,
to the position of non-executive director. Malmatinas, who is also a
non-executive director of Diageo, will join the Reuters board from next
Capital Radio is to channel pounds 5.5m into internet ventures and
acquisitions over the next year. The announcement follows a 3.6% rise in
annual profits on continuing operations to pounds 37.1m. The company
recently disposed of its My Kinda Town restaurant chain and has
indicated that it is looking at acquiring more radio stations.
IPC SouthBank has appointed Tracey Engel as publisher of Essentials,
Practical Parenting and Expecting Our Baby. She is currently head of
marketing at SouthBank, having joined the company in 1998 from MediaCom
TMB where she was a senior planner/buyer.
Warner Village Cinemas has created a major in-cinema film promotion to
tie in with the release of the new James Bond movie, The World Is Not
Enough. Eleven promotional partners including Carphone Warehouse, MCA
Records, WH Smith and Wilkinson Sword have come together to create a
Warner Village Cinema voucher booklet which contains offers worth more
than pounds 160 for each customer watching the movie at any Warner
Village Cinema in the UK.
ITV newsreader Trevor McDonald will present the network’s special
millennium eve coverage, Countdown 2000. The programme starts at 10am on
December 31 and runs until the early hours of January 1, 2000.
Interflora is staging its first consumer lifestyle exhibition called ’On
Show with Interflora’. The show takes place in London between July 28
and 30, 2000 and has secured support from IPC Magazines. A wide ranging
promotional campaign for the show includes national newspapers,
magazines and posters.
Premier Magazines, which publishes British Airways’ High Life magazine,
has signed up Deutche BA’s inflight title, Panorama for its new Premier
Big Sky division. Premier has also won two online accounts - Fired
Earth, an upmarket interior design company, and the International
Federation of Direct Marketing Associations - for its Premier Wildlife
Laughing Cow, the Bel UK-owned cheese brand, has moved its pounds 2m
media planning and buying account out of Carat and handed it to
MediaVest. The rest of Bel’s brands, including Babybel and Port Salut,
are handled by Mediapolis.
The European Licensing Industry has voted Cosmopolitan as the 1999 Brand
Property of the Year. Cosmo currently licenses a range of products from
bedding, bags and hosiery to watches and spring water. Other nominees in
the category were Tommy Hilfiger, Coca-Cola and Barbie.
The Radio Authority is to increase licence fees for the first time
The move is in reaction to the extended responsibilities granted to the
authority in the 1996 Broadcasting Act, including licensing digital
radio and managing public interest tests. The increase in tariffs will
depend on the size of the station and will range between 4% and 12%.
Classic FM will be forking out an extra pounds 52,000 a year, while LBC
1152 will only need to find a further pounds 7,536 a year.
Telewest Communications launched its digital TV service two weeks
The service was introduced on November 15 in the South West and South
East regions, reaching 1.2 million of the company’s four million
subscribing households. Pre-tax profits dipped from pounds 200m to
pounds 357m for the nine months to September.
Clear Channel International has appointed James Craven as worldwide
marketing and communications manager for Adshel, the street furniture
brand of CCI.
Craven previously worked as PR manager for More Group UK.