BSkyB has increased its turnover by 20 per cent to 691.8m and has confirmed the launch of a digital service in June 1998 in its results for the six months to December 1997.

Cable & Wireless Communications is understood to have reduced the shortlist for its 50m media planning and buying account to BBJ Media Services, MediaVest and incumbents The Media Business with Michaelides & Bednash.

Twentieth Century Fox International Television has promoted Randall Broman to vice-president European sales. He was previously director of European sales.

Former co-presenter of Channel 4’s The Girlie Show, Clare Gorham (right), has taken on the post of editor at Pride magazine. Pauline Miller – a former News International manager and publisher for the Thompson newspaper group – joins her as publisher.

FCA! has linked with sister media agency Optimedia to set up Sellavision, which produces informercials for satellite and regional TV in the UK.

America Online Inc. and Bertelsmann AG have teamed up in a joint venture to acquire the online service CompuServe Europe on Tuesday (February 3). CompuServe Europe will continue to operate as a separate brand targeted at the business market, while AOL will be aimed at a consumer audience.

Future Publishing’s sport and entertainment division has created a special agency sales team to sell its consumer magazines Total Film, T3, Total Football and No Limits World, as well as future launches aimed at young males. The team will headed by Simon White, from The Express, Jenny Thomas from BRAD and Melanie Bowles from the film magazine Flicks.

Solent Regional Radio has appointed Martin Ball as sales and marketing director. He moves from Xfm, where he was sales director.

Pubmaster, the pubs group, has appointed The Outdoor Media Consultancy to organise poster holdings on 100 pubs. Five major outdoor contractors have been invited to pitch for the business.

Maiden Outdoor has produced a CD-Rom for agencies and advertisers, detailing the structure of its premium Apollo network. It also outlines the brands and cam-paigns that have appeared on Apollo since its launch a year ago.

Paradigm’s media arm, The Media People, has won the media account for the National Music Centre for Popular Music. The centre is due to open at the end of the year and will be promoted through TV and press.

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