DIGESTS

Sky TV has unveiled its 120m winter schedule at the same time as signing up its 5-millionth customer. The new schedule renews Sky’s commitment to UK production, including acquired series Jimmy’s and Revelations. Springhill, an original drama, goes into production in the new year…

…BSkyB is planning new arts, education, games and computer channels, according to Sky director of programmes David Elstein in his 1995 Forman Lecture. Cable and satellite’s 400-500m annual programme spend is ‘complementary to, not competitive with, terrestrial TV,’ he claims.

UKTV, the failed highest bidder for Channel 5, plans to take its case to Brussels following the High Court’s rejection of a judicial review. Virgin TV’s judicial review of its failed application takes place on January 17…

…Pearson is expected to confirm Greg Dyke as its new chief executive in a presentation to analysts today. Current chief executive Frank Barlow is to retire.

Scottish Courage has centralised its 30m media account into The Media Centre.The business includes Foster’s, John Smith’s, McEwans, Kronenbourg 1664, Theakstons and Newcastle Brown.

Country 1035 is launching a 500,000 TV and poster campaign (right) on Boxing Day, the first time the station has used TV. The push has been created by Manifesto.

Conrad Black has increased his shareholding in the Telegraph to more than 64 per cent after buying a five per cent stake from the Hartwell family, the previous owners.

Good Housekeeping editor Sally O’Sullivan is to join IPC Magazines as editor-in-chief of the Home Interest Group. She is replaced by Pat Roberts Cairns, the founding editor of House Beautiful.

Steve Platt, editor of the New Statesman for the past five years, has resigned. Multimillionaire Philip Jeffrey, who controls the title, has announced plans for a share issue.

Mediaforce has won the sales contract for the Cork Examiner Publication Group, giving it a 70 per cent share of Ireland’s national newspapers.

Anglia TV is planning 11 redundancies following a programme services review.

Maiden Outdoor has joined forces with BT to launch Postercall, the first direct-response service for outdoor. Advertisers are being recruited to participate in a three-month trial to start in the new year.

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