EMAP Choice Publications has appointed TMD Carat Manchester as its media agency. The first work will be a 500,000 campaign for Yours Magazine. The account moves from Universal McCann in London.

National Magazine’s House Beautiful is linking with Barclays to give away 100,000 worth of free Barclays mortgage payments in its October issue.

Fresh Direction is delivering its London guide, in conjunction with Capital Radio, to 150,000 students over the next few weeks.

Harpers & Queen was able to delay publication to include a four-page tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales. Hello! magazine shredded its latest issue before it hit the news stands on Tuesday, and will be publishing a special tribute edition later this week.

The Observer will be giving away a free copy of Wagadon’s new woman’s magazine Frank this Sunday. The promotion was to be supported by a TV and poster ad campaign through Ogilvy & Mather (above) but all newspaper advertising has now been pulled because of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Midland Independent Newspaper’s Sunday Mercury has appointed Fiona Alexander as editor. Alexander, who has been promoted from the position of assistant editor features, replaces Peter Whitehouse, who will continue to write for the Birmingham-based regional Sunday newspaper.

MTV Europe has launched a permanent Website (www. mtveurope.com), which includes an ‘MTV Fantasy Bands’ game offering regular cash prizes. The main language of the site is English, but other regionally-specific information will be available in languages including German and Italian.

United News & Media has agreed to pay 81m to buy US-based exhibition and magazine company Telecom Library. The company specialises in the telecom and computer sectors.

The BBC has poached Granada Television’s director of programmes Peter Salmon. He becomes BBC1’s new controller.

LWT’s entertainment department has appointed former BBC Children’s TV presenter Andi Peters as its new executive director of music.

Channel 4’s director of programmes John Willis left the TV station this week with severance pay of 500,000.

Scottish Media Group has signed a five-year sales agreement with sales house TSMS to sell advertising for Scottish Television and Grampian. There had been speculation that the group planned to ditch TSMS in favour of Granada sales house Laser.

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