Media consultant Craig Pearman has died at his Chieveley home, aged 55, this week. The ebullient industry figure held a number of senior sales posts at London Weekend Television and Yorkshire-Tyne Tees TV. He was managing director of sales house Media & Airtime Sales before setting up the consultancy Craig Pearman Limited in 1993. A family funeral takes place next Tuesday. Flowers can be sent to funeral directors Camp Hopson in Newbury. A memorial service takes place in March at St Bride’s church in central London.

GMTV and the GMTV magazine are launching a joint ratecard to attract lapsed advertisers onto the breakfast TV channel and new clients to the magazine. The ‘Best of Both Worlds’ package runs from March 1 to May 31. GMTV sales and marketing controller Mike Gull says: ‘These packages make it easier for new advertisers to twin the power of TV with the individual strengths of print’.

VNU Business Publications is preparing to launch a new computer magazine for consumers in the Spring. A title for the new launch has yet to be decided.

Private Eye is outsourcing all its advertising sales to Madison Bell. Madison Bell claims it can boost the title’s advertising revenue by about 25 per cent.

Classic FM has signed a 500,000 one-year sponsorship deal for its Hall of Fame feature with Renault. The deal includes a feature on the Henry Kelly show and a Hall of Fame weekend poll.

The Outdoor Advertising Association’s search for a new chairman has taken a fresh turn with the decision to split the post and appoint two directors: one to handle media industry affairs and one to oversee external relations, such as Government lobbying. Appointments are expected in the first week of February.

Martin Conry’s memorial service will take place in St Anne’s Church Manchester on January 22. Conry, who was TMD Carat Manchester managing director, died in November.

Kiss 100, the dance radio station, has appointed Adam Turner as its commercial director. He comes from video company VCI, where he was marketing manager.

BBC Worldservice controller of marketing Graham Mytton is leaving to work on an audience research consultancy business. He will be replaced by Worldservice overseas marketing manager Alan Booth.

CNN has promoted Chris Cramer to the post of president of CNN International from the post of vice president. Prior to joining CNN in 1996, Cramer spent 25 years in News and Current Affairs at the BBC.

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