MEDIA: Briefs

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.

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.


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