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The Independent’s continental backers have come under pressure to agree a share issue covering the continuing costs of last year’s restructuring and the price war. Parent company Newspaper Publishing is seeking to raise £55m, one shareholder claims…

…The Independent promotions consultant Phil Lawlor has left the company and been replaced by head of competitions Roz Collier.

BMP DDB Needham media planning director Andrew Hearnshaw is to join BBJ as planning director and group account director next month. Zenith Media associate director Clare Bugler is also joining BBJ as account director.

The Daily and Sunday Express have joined forces with Virgin Atlantic to offer a two-for-one flight promotion. A TV campaign breaks on Saturday through D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles and IDK.

MBS Media is launching a £2.5m Birmingham Midshires building society TV campaign on Central, Westcountry and HTV (West) on January 16.

Pearl & Dean claims to have gained 20 per cent of the UK cinema advertising market for the first time since the mid-Eighties.

LTA launches a community relations programme this week offering £100,000 of space free for a six-week campaign on Child Abuse.

European Union trade and industry chiefs have dismissed as futile the quota system aimed at protecting the TV industry from Hollywood .

KP has been signed up to sponsor Reboot, a wholly computer-generated animated children’s series for ITV.

BBC Holidays magazine unveils an extensive redesign in its February issue on sale from this week. The BBC title has also introduced a number of editorial changes.

The Radio Authority has re-awarded Piccadilly Radio its Manchester licence for a further eight years.

Spectrum Radio is running a competition with Moneygram/American Express offering a cash prize of £5,580, one of the largest offered by a radio station.

The Media Business Group has retained the £20m BCA media account.

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