Digests

Scottish Media Group is offering 31.2m to buy VCI, the independent video publisher.

ONdigital has appointed eight new people to its sales and account management team. They will report to director of sales Doug Goodwin.

BMG Entertainment UK, the record and video company, has centralised its 10m planning and buying account into Media Campaign Services until the end of the year.

Twinings, the tea specialist, will test bus advertising for the first time as part of a new 2.8m branding campaign by newly appointed agency Mitchell Patterson Grime Mitchell. Ads will also run in consumer magazines with the strapline ‘There’s more to tea with Twinings’.

Aegis reported a rise of 14 per cent in its pre-tax profits for the six months ended June 30, up from 21.4m on the same period last year in its latest unaudited interim statement. Turnover has gone up 9 per cent from 1.8m to 2m for the same period.

ITV has commissioned a new people-based documentary strand called Real Life for transmission next year. It is expected to be scheduled in the 10pm slot, if ITV succeeds in moving News at Ten.

UKTV network, a joint venture between the BBC and Flextech, is due to launch UK Play, a music and cult comedy channel, on October 10.

John Mulholland, former editor of Sporting Life, has been appointed number three on The Observer with the title of deputy editor.

The Media Business Scotland has won the strategic media planning and buying for the former Royal Yacht Britannia, which is to become a tourist attraction. Ad agencies 1576 and the Leith are understood to be pitching for the creative business.

…Euan Jarvie, former media director at the Media Business, has been promoted to managing director.

Mega Profile, a media company, launches this week. It will use construction projects as giant poster sites. The company is headed by Andy Hopkinson, board director of Abbott Mead Vickers.BBDO.

IPC Magazines has appointed Terry Tavner, editor of Eva, as editor of Woman’s Own following the death of her predecessor Keith McNeill.

EMAP has poached Fiona McIntosh, editor of The National Magazine Company’s title Company, to become the new editor of Elle.

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