Digests

Pattison Horswell Durden is thought to be in talks about a joint venture with a UK media operation. It is not Lowe Howard-Spink. PHD declines to comment.

Carlton Communications chairman Michael Green said at Carlton’s AGM on Tuesday he was “monitoring carefully” MAI’s plans to merge with United News and Media. Carlton is tipped to mount a counter bid or make a move on regional ITV licences STV or HTV.

The Mirror Group is believed to have deferred its search for a new editor for The Independent. Former Mirror managing director and editor of The Times Charlie Wilson will continue as acting editor until the end of 1996. He replaced Ian Hargreaves in November.

Concord, the poster buying specialist, has been appointed by M&C Saatchi to handle poster buying for its 5m ITV account. Concord already handles the poster buying for Channel 4.

Abbey National General Insurance has shortlisted TMD Carat, Zenith Media, and one other agency, to pitch for its 10m media buying account.

The Media Centre has appointed Steve Anderson, press director at Zenith, to run its Dixons media buying account.

Sky Television and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment are launching a sports video brand – Atherton’s Innings – in Sky’s first move into home video.

The Radio Authority is expected to receive at least 20 applications for the Yorkshire regional licence by the deadline next week. Latest to announce a bid is Excel FM backed by Independent Radio Group.

Channel 4 is expected to receive 35m to reinvest in British TV and film production after the Government voted to cap a reserve fund under the controversial funding formula. Although the formula will stay in place, the percentage will be reduced.

Scottish Radio Holdings reports record turnover in the quarter to December 31 with broadcast revenue up ten per cent year-on-year.

Tyne Tees Television director of broadcasting Peter Moth has resigned for personal reasons, the broadcaster confirmed this week. His daily responsibilities will be taken over by head of current affairs, Peter Mitchell.

GWR is to introduce two-minute solus ad breaks on its Gold AM services across the group to attract advertisers targeting 35 to 44-year-olds.

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