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TV industry insiders believe the pace of terrestrial digital TV will be dictated by BSkyB when it launches its own digital satellite broadcasting next year…

…Terrestrial broadcasters are understood to be in talks about developing digital receiver equipment so as not to rely on pay-TV technology controlled by Rupert Murdoch (Torin Douglas, page 17)…

BSkyB’s pre-tax profits could be 158m – double last year’s 78m – say analysts. The company unveils results for the year ending June 30 tomorrow (Thursday)…

…UK cable and satellite subscribers rose to 4.18 million in June – up from 3.45 million a year ago, according to unofficial estimates.

Sales of The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Independent fell by 3.9, 1.2 and 1.16 per cent respectively during July. All three raised their cover prices at the beginning of the month.

TSMS has launched DRTV for Dealers, a package designed to attract car advertisers to its ITV channels. The package includes call handling and free mobile phones for viewers who respond.

Take a Break, published by Bauer, has seen its circulation stand still at 1,502,030 during January to June, according to the company…

…OK Magazine, from Northern & Shell, has posted a 167 per cent increase in circulation to 200,017.

Children decide which TV programmes the family watches before 7pm, according to research by Young & Rubicam. The research also found that children rarely watch TV alone.

YMG Carat has been appointed to handle the 3m regional press-buying account for Specsavers.

Campell’s denies reports it has moved the media buying for Homepride from O&M Media to Zenith.

Guardian Media Group has increased its stake in Golden Rose Communications from 5.4 per cent to 11.2 per cent.

MCI Communications and News Corporation are planning a joint venture to offer Internet on-line services for corporate and private customers.

Microsoft, the software giant, is reportedly negotiating a minority stake in Turner Broadcasting Systems, which owns Cable News Network.

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