The Welsh Tourist Board has shortlisted Media Options, Mediapolis, The Media Business and Booth Lockett Makin for its 5m media account.

EMAP has announced a 17 per cent increase in pre-tax profits to 141.7m, on turnover of 772.6m.

Virgin Radio has extended the contract for presenter Jonathan Ross for another year. Ross began hosting his two-hour Sunday morning show in January.

Channel 4 has appointed Nick Kennerley to the new position of deputy commissioning editor for sport and special events. He was formerly senior producer at Trans World International UK.

Granada Media Products has licensed a range of merchandise featuring Bodie and Doyle, characters from cult Seventies TV show The Professionals.

BBC Wales has appointed Catrin Howkins as marketing and promotions manager. She was previously advertising sales manager at CableTel.

The Discovery Channel and the BBC are launching an Asian TV network as the first venture in their global partnership.

IPC Magazines has created the post of intellectual property director and has appointed Rebecca Miskin to look after book publishing, international rights issues and syndication.

TDI is boosting its sales team with two senior external appointments and four internal promotions. Moves include Alison Reay, sales controller at Laser Satellite & Cable, who becomes TDI client/agency sales manager.

Ziff-Davis has appointed Debra Blundell as director of customer publishing.

Dotmusic, Miller Freeman’s Internet site, has become the first UK Website to sign blanket licensing deals with record companies over rights to play music clips. Visitors to the site can upload sound samples from artists signed to EMI, Virgin, WEA and East West.

Nescafé’s 48-sheet poster ‘Wake Up To Britain’s Favourite Coffee’ (right) through McCann-Erickson was the best remembered and recognised poster campaign of 1997, according to research from RSL Signpost and Maiden Outdoor.

The Sporting Life has teamed up with City Index to offer spread betting on its Website.

COI’s head of media Karen Pearce has resigned to set up a consultancy called Building Bridges aimed at helping clients and agencies target ‘niche ethnic markets’.

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