A ruling on whether JC Decaux’s proposed takeover of outdoor rival the More Group should be referred to the Monopolies & Mergers Commission is expected on Thursday or Friday. This week the More Group announced the acquisition of regional outdoor contractor Town & City for 6.6m.
Speculation has increased that Grey is about to buy the Media Business Group. It is thought talks began in March when TMBG announced to the Stock Exchange that it had been approached by an interested buyer.
BSkyB has appointed Frances Naylor as creative director, movies. She moves from VH-1 UK, where she was executive producer.
The FA Cup final, in which Arsenal beat Newcastle United 2-0, was watched by 8.9 million viewers at its peak on ITV.
Optimedia has won the 1m media planning and buying business for Leonard Cheshire, the disablility charity.
ITV is expected to appoint a design agency this week to create a new identity for the channel. Ortmans Young International, Red Pepper and English & Pockett have been shortlisted.
Clinic has designed a range of new brand logos for different divisions of Lego Media International, the unit set up to develop media products for children. The first brand logos are for the software range – Lego Games, Lego Constructive, Lego Learning and Lego for Girls.
The Mirror Group has launched a joint co-production movie project with the Motion Picture Corporation of America and will launch a spoof film called ‘Titanic Too – It Missed The Iceberg!’
The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph are to be supported by a generic sports advertisement through J Walter Thompson, promoting the newspapers as ‘the last word in sport’. The ad will break on Sky and Channel Four on Saturday.
The Express and Express on Sunday are claiming that the World Cup part-works supplement has added about 80,000 to circulation for the Saturday edition and about 70,000 for its Sunday edition. Launched on Saturday, the part-work is to run for a further three weeks.
The Guardian is teaming up with premium lager brand Kronenbourg 1664 to provide football fans with a 52-page A5 colour guide to the World Cup with the newspaper this Saturday.