British Interactive Broadcasting, the digital satellite TV service backed by BSkyB, has declined to comment on reports that it may delay its launch from autumn 1998 to early 1999.
The Media Shop has promoted Caroline McGrath, board director of its Scottish subsidiary, to director of the Scottish office, filling the role left by Valerie McGavin. Bob Sims, managing director of the Media Shop, says he intends to further strengthen the team at the Glasgow office.
The England & Wales Cricket Board has appointed Richard Peel, head of corporate communications for BBC News, as its director of corporate affairs.
Channel 4 and S4C Wales will broadcast a red ribbon logo on screen throughout Monday December 1 to mark World Aids Day 1997. C4 will screen the logo on its station idents and S4C will use it in break bumpers between programmes and ads.
The Daily Telegraph is to boost its Saturday paper. From next month, the title is to have up to 168 pages.
Granada is seeking a main sponsor for its new late-night satellite channel show ‘Babewatch’, fronted by ex-Neighbours star Emma Harrison and Page 3 girls Melinda Messenger and Jo Guest. Babewatch launches on January 1 on ‘Men and Motors’ – the late night version of Granada’s flagship satellite channel Granada Plus. It is described as a more laddish version of Channel 4’s Girlie Show.
Sleaze Nation, the underground music and clubbing magazine, is launching its first paid-for issue, sponsored by Levi-Strauss.
CIA International and MJP founder Mike Jarvis has joined European IT agency Banner & Co as international marketing director.
The Radio Authority has confirmed it will advertise an additional national radio licence on the digital platform next March. GWR and EMAP are among those tipped to bid for the national service. GWR-controlled Classic FM, Virgin Radio and Talk Radio are guaranteed slots on the digital radio platform alongside the BBC’s existing services.
H P Bulmer, the cider manufacturer, has decided to stay with its incumbent JWT media – which is poised to merge with Ogilvy & Mather’s The Network to form MindShare – following a review.
Carolyn Reynolds, controller of drama serials for Granada Television, has been appointed controller of drama at Yorkshire Television. It is the first appointment since Yorkshire Tyne Tees Television joined Granada Media Group.