Postar, the poster industry’s representative body, has decided to scrap plans for an industry conference in Paris during May. The decision is believed to have been prompted by the city’s high cost to delegates. Another European city is earmarked for later in the year.

Xfm, winner of the new London FM radio licence, says it has yet to decide how its ad sales will be handled. CLT, which owns 15 per cent of the new station, is likely to hold talks with the rest of the winning consortium. Media Analysis, page 16

The Paramount Channel, which is changing its name to the Paramount Comedy Channel, has appointed Dan Brooke, account director at St Luke’s, as marketing director. The channel’s 1m creative account is being chased by five agencies.

Cinema Media is believed to be considering a name change to reflect its Carlton ownership. The cinema ad sales company changed its name from RSA Advertising last year.

BSkyB has announced its third pay-per-view boxing event. For 9.95 and 14.95 viewers will be able to see five boxing matches on February 7 and 8.

GWR’s sale of its share of London News Radio and Leicester Sound to the Daily Mail & General Trust has been halted by the Radio Authority on the grounds of it being against the public interest. The DM&GT owns a local newspaper in Leicester…

…GWR has sold its Classic Gold stations in Northampton, Gloucester and Peterborough to Radio First for 730,000. The disposals are intended to keep GWR within statutory ownership regulations, following its acquisition of Classic FM.

John Brown Publishing is to launch Bizarre (right), a magazine covering strange-but-true stories in February. The bi-monthly will be aimed at 18- to 30-year-old men.

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, will announce a series of digital distribution deals for its international channels BBC World and BBC Prime this week.

The Independent Television Commission’s chief executive Peter Rogers, has confirmed that the 400m total paid to the Treasury by ITV companies for their licences will fall when the licences are re-evaluated next year.

MTV Europe is to launch a channel dedicated to the UK. It also plans another channel to be called M2:Music Television, which will be broadcast by digital satellite.

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