WPP Group is looking for a media chief to head its global Kodak media buying and planning account, which is held by its agencies J Walter Thompson and Ogilvy & Mather. It will be the first joint JWT/O&M media role.

TeleWest has announced an operating surplus for the first time – amounting to 1.5m. The company is to concentrate its marketing on offering subscribers Teleplus, a combined package of television and telephony services.

The Times is claiming sales of more than 900,000 last week thanks to a promotion offering free Eurostar tickets. The News International title claims sister paper The Sunday Times, which was also part of the promotion, sold over 1.4 million copies last Sunday (November 3).

EMAP has made its first investment in the US with the purchase of The Box cable TV service and 6.5 per cent of its parent Video Jukebox Network. The company paid about 10m for The Box and the shareholding (Cover Story, page 44).

ITV has axed Man O Man as part of a revamp of its Saturday evening schedules, as first predicted in Marketing Week (May 21)…

…ITV’s share of TV viewing has fallen from 39 per cent to 35 per cent this year, according to the third quarter Trends in Television report from the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising.

TDI Dublin has unveiled a Guinness-painted train (right) on the Dublin Area Rapid Transit system. The advertising was created by Guinness Ireland’s new agency, HHCL & Partners. TDI in the UK sold a painted Underground train to United Airlines last year.

Punch magazine has appointed SMS, a subsidiary of regional press sales house Amra, to handle its regional advertising sales.

Choice FM, the London and Birmingham black music station, has appointed Katz Radio Sales to handle its national advertising sales.

BSkyB has announced a 24 per cent increase in turnover to 266m in the three months to September 30. Advertising accounted for 11 per cent of revenues and increased 42 per cent year on year. Pre-tax profits increased 31 per cent to 66m.

The Independent raised the price of its Saturday edition by 10p to 60p last Saturday (November 2).

Metro Radio in Newcastle has launched a Metro FM theme bar and restaurant. The bar contains rock memorabilia and a radio studio.

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