Digests

The Independent’s journalists are braced for more job losses following the resignation of editor Ian Hargreaves over management plans to cut the editorial budget.

The Scotsman has moved its sales team for England into The European’s offices, and has formed Scotsman Media Sales following the paper’s acquisition by the Barclay brothers.

The Media Centre’s decision to use an entire ad break to create a chat-show (right) for Miller beer and promote it as a programme boosted the target audience for the break by 30 per cent to 281,000 18 to 34-year-old men (BARB).

Commercial radio advertising revenue broke all records in the third quarter of 1995 when it hit 69.7m – a 22 per cent year-on-year rise. The total for the year to date is 259.6m.

Future Publishing’s new rugby magazine, First XV, has gone on sale at 3. The title is edited by former England fly-half Stuart Barnes.

The Guardian and The Observer advertising display department has created two group head positions. They have been filled by display sales executives Adam Freeman and Chris Pelekanou, who become group head, magazines and group head, newspapers respectively.

Fox Broadcasting is understood to be negotiating with Flextech to acquire a stake in TCC, the Flextech-owned cable and satellite children’s channel…

…Flextech made pre-tax losses of 13.3m in the nine months to September 30. The group has also announced the appointment of executive director Adam Singer as non-executive deputy chairman.

Telewest, the cable TV operator, is reportedly planning redundancies and restructuring to cut costs and address falling customer satisfaction.

The Radio Authority has licensed its first digital audio broadcasting multiplex provider – National Transcommunications. NTL will broadcast a showcase of local commercial stations in the West Midlands.

Tara TV, an Irish cable TV channel, will be launched by UIH Programming in the UK next March.

Bravo won a judges special award at the Promax awards for media marketing and promotions. Gold awards went to Channel 4 for best outdoor advertising and Radio 5 Live for best print ad.

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