Mirror Group has resigned from the Newspaper Publishers Association. It is believed the move follows clashes with News International. Mirror Group chief executive David Montgomery says: ‘We do not wish to be a member of a club where the other members stab each other in the back.’
BBC Magazines has appointed Gillian Lasker as publisher of its new general women’s monthly title and Anita Bevan from Right Start magazine as the editor. Lasker already publishes Clothes Show magazine, BBC Homes & Antiques and BBC Good Food. The new title will launch at the end of the year. See media analysis page 16.
Telecential and Comtel, the cable operators, have merged to become what is believed to be the third largest cable operator in the UK.
TDI, the bus and London Underground poster contractor, has appointed Andrew Oldham (right), sales director at Media Sales & Marketing, to the newly-created post of commercial director.
Bounceback magazine, the UK’s first magazine for people who have been made redundant, is launching in the UK next month. The initial print run will be 30,000 and it will be published quarterly.
Primesight, the six-sheet poster contractor, is due to float on the Stock Exchange on July 1.
The Paramount Comedy channel has announced snack food brand Phileas Fogg will be its first sponsor. The brand will sponsor original comedy slot Britcom, as well as the channel’s activities at the Edinburgh Festival.
Loaded magazine has appointed Derek Harbinson to replace James Brown as editor of the IPC monthly men’s title. He was previously chief sub-editor of the title. Brown has gone to Condé Nast as editor of GQ magazine.
The Word’s former chief executive, Jeremy Morris, has launched a new relationship marketing agency with the backing of regional press sales house Amra. Third Tier has been set up to focus on opportunities for both national and regional media, through joint marketing initiatives with industries such as insurance and deregulated utilities.
Subaru and Isuzu, the Japanese car marques, are to sponsor Coventry City FC in a three-year deal worth over 1m. The club’s home strip will feature the Subaru brand, while away kits will feature the Isuzu logo.
Marketing Week reported last week that ‘publisher Northern & Vadavision’ was a creditor of The Freedom Festival Company, which operates a gay loyalty scheme. The article should have stated that Northern & Shell (publisher of gay magazine Attitude) and Vadavision (publisher of Thud magazine), were both creditors of the company.