DIGESTS

Channel 5 has picked up the rights to cover the weekly Pepsi Chart Show Event, scheduled for launch next year. The Pepsi-branded show is expected to include a chart run-down, music video clips, and live bands performing at a central London venue…

…C5 and cable channel Living have signed a two-year deal to broadcast The Roseanne Show in the UK. The entertainment and chat show is due to launch in the US in autumn 1998.

Manchester United has confirmed plans to launch a TV channel alongside British Satellite Broadcasting and the Granada Media Group. The subscription-based MUTV will be a jointly owned by the three partners in the venture, and is expected to launch in autumn 1998, offering six hours a day of programming.

Capital Radio has put its 12.9 per cent stake in rival radio operator GWR, valued at 23.9m, up for sale. The stake has been held since GWR sold its ILR stations covering Coventry, Leicester and Nottingham to Capital in 1993.

Carlton Screen Advertising and Pearl & Dean, the cinema sales houses, will begin issuing audience admission statistics calculated for each ITV region from mid-October. Changes in the reporting system should overcome ‘past discrepancies over market share of the sales houses’, says CSA managing director Adam Poulter.

London News Radio has promoted Neil Webster to head of sales at the station. He will be responsible for all LNR’s sales and sponsorship at the station. Agency sales will be managed by Tony Robinson, and local sales by Nick Jordan.

ITV launched a Website on Monday (www.itv.co.uk) produced jointly by ITN and IPC magazines. The site will featuring programme information, interactive games, video previews and competitions. ITV will also launch a trade site later this year targeted at ad agencies, advertisers and journalists.

The Sunday Times Magazine is launching 24-page full colour supplement New London (right) this weekend, which will be stapled into London and South-east editions of the magazine. The sup-plement will be carried on the first Sunday of each month.

The Mirror launches an Internet edition of the newspaper this Wednesday. Geoff Stimson, managing director of the group’s new media division Mirror Media, says he aims to develop a range of additional content to run alongside the updated news content of the site.

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