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BBC Worldwide claims “progress in all areas” in its annual report for 1994/5. Total revenue is up 19 per cent to 305m with profits up 14 per cent to 14 million.

UK Gold, a BBC joint venture, will break even by the end of this year, BBC Worldwide claims.Harrington Kilbride, the contract publisher, announced pre-tax losses of 5.13m for the year to December 31, 1994. The company will attempt to raise new capital by a share issue at the end of July.

Forty per cent of all adult TV viewing is “fully attentive” compared with 30 per cent for under 35s, according to the latest Foretel study from Carat Research. It claims news programmes and game shows in particular fail to appeal to younger viewers.

Vernon Lawrence, controller of drama and entertainment at ITV Network Centre, is joining MAI Productions as managing director…

…The ITV Network Centre is appointing Paul Spencer, head of comedy at Carlton UK, as controller of Network Comedy.

Laser is close to securing a sponsor for ITV Sunday night drama London’s Burning, which returns to the screen in September.

Chiltern Radio, which is facing a hostile bid from GWR, will post a defensive response document today (Wednesday).

Associated Newspapers is cutting seven ‘backroom’ jobs in services and support and raising the price of the Daily Mail on Saturdays from July 8 from 32p to 35p, the Mail on Sunday rises to 75p the next day…

…It is also considering a bid for Metro Radio Group after Capital Radio and Chrysalis put their joint 37.6 per cent stake up for sale.Virgin Radio is launching Newsbreak, an advertising package offering a solus spot between Virgin’s news and sports bulletins, available six times per day.

TOPPS, the ‘on the buses’ TV scheme, is launching in the South-east. TOPPS aims to be available on 2,200 buses throughout the UK by the end of the year.

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