DIGESTS

Channel 4 News has appointed Jim Gray, deputy editor of the programme, as the replacement for former editor Sara Nathan.

Wagadon, publisher of The Face and Frank, has revealed the title of its next launch, a lifestyle and music magazine. Called Deluxe, it will be aimed at young men and has styled itself ‘a mainstream title that’s post-lad and pre-dad’.

BBC head of children’s commission Roy Thompson and the head of children production Lorraine Heggessey will unveil the children’s BBC winter season next Monday…

…BBC Worldwide has named BBC Homes & Antiques deputy editor Julie Savill as editor of the home interest title it is planning to launch in spring 1998. However, it will not yet unveil the magazine’s name.

Phil Teeman, director of The Network, is leaving to take up the newly created role of European sales director at The Discovery channel.

NEC Harlequins, the rugby club, has launched a mega rear-bus advertising campaign featuring some of the club’s star players.

United News & Media confirms it may sell United Provincial Newspapers, its regional newspaper group which includes the Yorkshire Post and the Sheffield Star.

Cosmopolitan has linked with Vision Express to launch a range of eyewear. Frames have names such as Daring, Passion, Reckless and Seduction.

Pharmacia & Upjohn, the manufacturer of Nicorette, has signed a 225,000 deal through TDI to sponsor the New Year’s Eve free travel service on London Transport’s buses and tubes (right). Media planning is through Zenith Media and the creative work through Bates Dorland. It features the strapline: ‘You can do it. Nicorette can help.’

The Pace Report, a new survey commissioned by digital set-top box manufacturer Pace Micro Technology, claims that almost two-thirds of people say they are not interested in pay-per-view TV as part of a digital TV package. It goes on to say that 65 per cent of people consider pay per view is ‘of no value at all’ when they think about buying a digital set-top box.

Teletubbies, BBC Worldwide’s pre-school children’s series, has won the Grand Prix, Japan Prize at the 24th Japan Prize International Education Programme Contest. The contest featured 163 programme entries from 47 countries.

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