DIGESTS

ITV’s controller of factual programmes, Paul Corley, is to leave ITV Network Centre at the end of the year. David Liddiment, ITV’s incoming director of programmes, will divide Corley’s responsibilities between three new controllers of news and current affairs; documentaries and features; and daytime. Dianne Nelmes has been already appointed controller of daytime.

Mark Booth is expected to take over from Sam Chisholm as BSkyB’s chief executive at the company’s AGM on Wednesday.

The Big Issue (right) is launching a listings supple-ment for the London area on November 24. At the same time the cover price increases to 1 from 70p, with vendors making 60p on each sale.

Capital Radio’s new sales division – Capital Advertising – is planning to launch three ad packages, offering advertisers the chance to buy audiences by region, demographic breakdown and music genres across stations represented by the sales house. The Brand Strand, Style Surfers and Capital City Link packages are expected to launch at the beginning of December.

The Monopolies & Mergers Commission will release its report on Capital Radio’s bid for Virgin Radio to the Department of Trade & Industry on Friday. The DTI will publish its decision in the next 20 days.

Elaine Brooke has been appointed general manager of the Reader’s Digest Music Operations UK. Brooke joins Reader’s Digest from the Book Club Associates, where she headed its Music Direct Club unit.

Student Radio Network, which claims to have almost 500,000 listeners around the country, is looking for a station sponsor.

Sarah Davis, former publisher of Vanity Fair, has been appointed Modern Review deputy chairman.

Johnston Press’ bid to acquire the newspaper interests of North Derbyshire Newspapers has been given the go-ahead by President of the Board of Trade Margaret Beckett, without a referral to the Monopolies & Mergers Commission.

Rupert Murdoch, the media tycoon, has signalled that his son Lachlan Murdoch is the preferred candidate to succeed him as head of The News Corporation’s worldwide media interests.

Carlton Food Network will extend its transmission hours by three hours a day from January.

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