The Express is to launch its 50,000 jackpot football game Football Forecast on Saturday. It will be supported by advertising on ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and by a direct mail campaign.

BBC1 launched its autumn schedule yesterday (Tuesday), with highlights including a David Attenborough series called The Life of Birds, Victoria Wood’s first situation comedy Dinnerladies, and an adaptation of the classic novel Vanity Fair.

Mary Quant, the famous Sixties fashion designer, tries to squeeze her foot into a fur-trimmed patent leather children’s boot in the latest press ad for children’s shoe company Start-rite through Grey Advertising, with media through Mediacom.

Continental Research is forecasting 12.9 million multi-channel homes by 2003: 7.4 million of these (57 per cent) with digital TV; and 5.5 million (43 per cent) with analogue satellite and cable TV.

The Evening Standard has asked former British Vogue publisher Alison Parker of Alison Parker Associates to join the newspaper as a consultant to look at ways of developing the client sales team.

Emap On Air has promoted Sarah-Jane O’Malley to sales director of Emap On Air stations in the North, covering Leeds, Manchester, and Newcastle. She was previously head of sales for the company’s Magic brands.

Times Newspapers has appointed Trevor Pryer, previously advertisement manager for The Sunday Times, head of client sales. Marie Foulkes, previously display advertisement manager for The Times, has been appointed advertisement manager.

Janet Goldsmith has been appointed managing director of the Sci-Fi Channel Europe. She was formerly head of managing director of Carlton Select and Carlton Food Network.

The Radio Authority has received 13 applications for its regional radio licence for the central Scotland area by deadline on 2pm yesterday (Tuesday). They include bids backed by Capital and Chrysalis Radio, as well as plans for an Asian music and information station called Asian Sound Scotland.

Untold, a new lifestyle magazine for black men, claims to have achieved a circulation of more than 30,000 for its June/July launch issues.

The Guardian is launching a 76-page A5 colour guide to the forthcoming football season called The Season in its August 10 edition.

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