Royal Mail has invited six agencies to pitch for its media buying, worth up to 30m a year. The shortlisted agencies are thought to include Zenith, TMD Carat, New PHD, Mediapolis, the incumbent MediaVest and one other.

SeaFrance, the ferry operator, has signed a 12-month deal with Carlton Television to sponsor its regional weather forecasts. The deal was negotiated for SeaFrance by CIA Medianetwork. The sponsorship will begin on September 22.

The Universe, the Catholic newspaper claiming to be the religious newspaper with the largest circulation in the UK, has appointed Logie Bradshaw Media to increase ’secular advertising’ in the title.

Condé Nast and Wagadon have teamed up to run a voucher promotion which enables readers of The Independent and Independent on Sunday to get magazines free. The promotion is being backed by a 250,000 TV and radio campaign, which breaks this week…

…Condé Nast’s long-awaited Traveller magazine (right) launches this week.

Classic FM has appointed Giles Howard as sales director, to replace Jon Waters. He joins the station at the end of September from Capital Radio, where he was sales controller.

Paul Colbert, the editor of Gruner & Jahr men’s title Focus, has denied the magazine is to introduce ’nipple content’ to compete against other men’s lifestyle titles. The title will begin an advertising and PR campaign this Friday to promote editorial changes and ’move the magazine away from the “anoraky” image of science-led titles’.

World of Travel magazine, published by Highbury House Communications, hit the newstands this week with a cover price of 2.25. The bi-annual publication is aiming for a launch circulation of 50,000.

Heart FM has promoted Kevin Palmer to programme controller. Group programme director Keith Pringle has stepped down from the role, to take charge of programming at Heart’s recently acquired Faze Group and prepare bids for future radio licences.

Midland Independent Newspapers (MIN) has announced a 53 per cent increase in operating profit, from 10.3m to 15.8m, for the first six months of this year.

Bulletin International, the video news release agency, has hired GMTV’s Geoff Beattie as senior producer. The agency last week announced that Stephen Horn, the CBI’s director of communications, will join Bulletin as operations director.

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