BSkyB has posted a pre-tax profit of 257m, an increase of 66 per cent, on turnover of 1.01bn for the year to June 30. Ad revenues grew by 20 per cent to about 160m, while subscription revenues were 848m.
News International, Mirror Group, Future Publishing, John Brown Publishing, the Audit Bureau of Circulations and a number of new media companies are working with New Media Sales & Marketing, a new venture to promote advertising on the Internet. NMS&M plans to get an ABC audit of Websites and prepare a media planners’ guide to the Internet.
BBC Magazines has appointed Sales & Media Services to handle advertising sales in Scotland and the North of England for its new Match of The Day magazine.
Buena Vista Home Video has bought a 48-sheet poster campaign for the first time to promote the video release of Disney’s 101 Dalmations. The company usually uses six-sheets but has used 3,000 48-sheets from Mills & Allen for a week for this push. The campaign includes a site at Vauxhall Cross in London with 101 wagging tails (above).
BBC Radio has appointed Dominic Riley, a business development manager at Kingfisher, as marketing manager for its digital audio broadcasting services.
Bass and BBJ Media have renewed Carling Black Label’s radio sponsorship for the 1996/97 football season involving 13 different local stations.
Hello! magazine has raised its cover price from 1.25 to 1.35.
The Newcastle Chronicle & Journal is to produce a weekly colour tabloid newspaper for Newcastle United Football Club.
BBC Resources is part of a consortium pitching to produce ITV’s Formula One coverage next year. The consortium, Fast Track Productions, is pitching against Anglia/Meridian’s MACh 1, Visage Productions, Television Sport & Leisure and Independent Sports Network.
The Independent Television Commission has appointed Eve Salomon, its sponsorship and advertising officer, to the position of deputy secretary of the commission.
Buspak and TDI, the transport advertising companies, have agreed to standardise the size of advertising panels on buses to remove the need for multiple print runs.