MEDIA: Briefs

ITV’s overnight ratings for its coverage of the England versus Scotland Euro 2000 qualifier showed that the match attracted an average audience of 15.6 million, representing a 57% audience share. Figures peaked at almost 18 million for the match. ITV Nightly News also attracted its highest audience, with 5.3 million viewers. The ratings helped ITV achieve a peak-time share for the day of 55% against BBC1’s 18.3%.

ITV’s overnight ratings for its coverage of the England versus

Scotland Euro 2000 qualifier showed that the match attracted an average

audience of 15.6 million, representing a 57% audience share. Figures

peaked at almost 18 million for the match. ITV Nightly News also

attracted its highest audience, with 5.3 million viewers. The ratings

helped ITV achieve a peak-time share for the day of 55% against BBC1’s

18.3%.





Gavyn Davies, chairman of the independent review panel on BBC funding,

has attacked the commercial television industry for opposing proposals

to raise the licence fee. Davies rubbished a report commissioned by the

broadcasters that warned of a pounds 5bn threat to television businesses

if digital viewers had to pay an extra levy. He said that Nera, the

independent economic consultancy responsible for the research, had

exaggerated the price effect of the digital supplement.





Aegis Group has restructured the international division of Carat, its

global media network. Jerry Buhlmann, former managing director of BBJ

Media Services, becomes chief operating officer, working alongside chief

executive officer, Eric Drancourt. Martyn Rattle, Nikola Blagg and Nigel

Morris have all been appointed vice-presidents. In addition, Susannah

Outfin joins from APL New York as an international business director,

based in London and Paris.





The Independent on Sunday has launched a new series of design-oriented

tabloid magazines. The first, Inside, appeared in last weekend’s paper

(October 21) and covers the world of design and interiors. The paper is

also running a promotion with its sister title, The Independent, and

Amazon.co.uk, whereby readers who collect four tokens can claim a free

certificate, entitling them to pounds 10 worth of music or books from

Amazon.





The Independent Television Commission has appointed Richard Peel as

director of public affairs and regions. Peel spent ten years working in

publicity and public relations for BBC News before joining the England

and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as director of corporate affairs at the

beginning of last year.





Granada Media has put together a deal between Pharmax and Granada

Motorway Service areas. Pharmax’s baby-care products Infacol and

Sudocrem, will be branded in the newly refurbished parent-and-baby

rooms. Advice leaflets will be available and Sudocrem vending machines

are under development.



Granada plans to increase the number of its parent-and-baby rooms over

the next year.





Three of the four consortia bidding for the new radio licence for South

Wales feature a former Welsh international rugby player on their

teams.



The Radio Corporation, which includes Classic FM’s managing director

Roger Lewis, has brought in Gareth Edwards. Nation 105FM, a consortium

involving Red Dragon Radio, has teamed up with Nigel Walker, while

Vision has Ieuan Evans on board. The fourth bid is from Radio Limited,

which has links with The Guardian. Completed applications for the

licence were due by November 23.





Martyn Healy, formerly group creative director at Emap Radio, has become

managing director of Galaxy 105.6 in the North East, following Jim

Hicks’ move to become managing director of Galaxy 102. Healy has held a

number of positions in the Metro Radio Group, now Emap, during the past

15 years.





The Matrix video release is the first product to have an advertising

campaign on Digital One, using both audio and data. The data is

scrolling text, similar to the opening credits of the film, which will

be replicated on Core’s web site, www.core.musicradio.com. Opus, the GWR

sales division, put the deal together with Warner Brothers Home

Video.





Chrysalis Radio has poached Daniel Owen from the Radio Authority to

become its new strategy and development manager. Owen, who was deputy

director of development at the RA, joins in March to oversee further

expansion at Chrysalis, including bids for new analogue and digital

licences.





Books etc is launching a pounds 200,000 pre-Christmas ad drive in the

London area. The campaign will use posters and escalator panels on the

Underground, posters at London rail stations and colour press ads. The

campaign is through Total Media.



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