DIGESTS

Capital Radio, which last week announced it was taking over Virgin Radio, is promoting Richard Eyre, previously managing director, to chief executive. David Mansfield, previously group commercial director becomes group managing director, while Paul Davies, managing director of media sales and marketing, becomes commercial director responsible for all advertising revenue…

…Capital’s themed restaurant chain, My Kinda Town, has appointed Russell Scott as chief executive. He is joining from Harry Ramsden’s, where he was chief executive UK and group operations director.

Legal & General has shortlisted incumbents J Walter Thompson, The Media Centre, WWAV Rapp Collins, All Response Media, Prager & Partners and PCS Media along with Leo Burnett, Medico and MD Carat for its 5m media planning and buying.

Maiden Outdoor and Mills & Allen’s offer of 1m free poster advertising space to new or lapsed advertisers attracted 98 applicants. The two contractors, together with Vision, Town & City, and Trainer have drawn up a shortlist of 12 campaigns, with the first campaign to run in August.

Adshel has won a 15-year contract to renew bus shelters in the district of Castle Point, Essex.

Commercial radio is the fastest growing advertising medium for the fourth year running, reaching first quarter revenue of 78m and revenue year on year to March this year of 319m, according to the latest Advertising Association Quarterly Survey.

Fina, the petrol retailer, is spending 250,000 on radio sponsorship of The Pulse in Bradford and the new 96.3 Aire FM in Leeds and Hallam FM in Sheffield.

The world’s first international consultation on Christian advertising takes place at St George’s House, Windsor Castle, from May 19 to 21, organised by the Churches’ Advertising Network.

Scottish Courage is to launch Jack Dee’s (right) first radio campaign for John Smith’s Extra Smooth Bitter next week. Creative work is through GGT and media planning and buying through The Media Centre.

Radio 1’s planning and presentation manager Stephen Mulholland has been made editor – digital audio broadcasting – for the BBC’s Digital Audio Broadcasting department.

The Sun’s decision to back Labour did not pay off in circ-ulation gains. April’s ABC figures show a drop of 5.03 per cent on the previous month to 3.84 million. This compares with April 1996’s circulation figure of 4.02 million.

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