UK Living is to invest an extra 1m in programmes this year. The money will be spent on two new series: a live magazine show and a programme targeting young women. The move follows a record 42 per cent rise in UK Living’s viewing share – from 0.7 to 1.1 per cent – in the first 11 weeks of this year.

CLT, the Luxembourg-based media group, has struck a deal to merge its broadcasting interests with German media group Bertelsmann in an attempt to stand their ground against US media giants.

NBC Super Channel increased airtime sales bookings by 68 per cent year on year in the first quarter of 1996. First-time sponsors include Rolex and UPS. New brands on air include Peugeot, Emirates Air, Hilton International and Diners Club.

Two consortia are expected to challenge BSkyB for rights to televise football’s Premier League when negotiations open in May.

United News & Media’s merger offer with MAI has been declared unconditional.

The Scotsman’s deputy managing director Richard Scudamore has left the company.

The Sunday Times is adding 12 pages of Scottish editorial and creating a broadsheet lifestyle section, called Ecosse.

Channel 4 claims its teenage soap, Hollyoaks, is watched by 700,000 teenagers.

United Artists Programming has appointed Kate Hornby from the Family Channel as research manager.

The Daily Telegraph is launching a weekly tabloid technology supplement, Connected. The first issue on April 16 will be supported by TV advertising.

New Scientist magazine (right) is running a four-week poster and radio campaign beginning with its April 20 issue.

IPC Specialist Group has sold Classic Cars magazine to EMAP National Publications. EMAP already publishes three classic car magazines.

IPC Weeklies Group has appointed Helen Stables as group marketing and promotions manager.

BMW has appointed River Publishing to produce its quarterly BMW Magazine.

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