David Durman, former editor-in-chief for IPC’s weeklies, is understood to have joined Cabal Communications.

The Scottish Media Group claims that it achieved sales of about 135,000 for the Sunday Herald, which was launched in Scotland last week.

Portland Outdoor Advertising has won the COI’s five-year buying and planning contract for outdoor and ambient media, beating incumbent Concord, IPM, Posterscope and Poster Publicity.

IPC magazines is to launch Chat Crime & Passion, a direct competitor to Cabal’s Crime Weekly. The new magazine, a 60-page spin-off from Chat aimed at 18- to 55-year-old women, goes on sale on February 19.

Reuters Group has announced its preliminary results for the year ended December 31 with pre-tax profit down seven per cent to 580m, operating profit up two per cent to 550m and revenue up five per cent to 3.03bn.

The Department of Trade & Industry has referred Newquest to the Monopolies & Mergers Commission over its bid for Portsmouth and Sunderland Newspapers.

Sport First is understood to have achieved an Audit Bureau of Circulations figure for the month of January of about 85,000.

CIA Medianetwork has appointed Neil Allen as its UK press buying manager.

Open, the TV home shopping system formerly called British Interactive Broadcasting, has signed a deal with ticketing agent First Call, which will sell concert tickets when the platform launches in the autumn.

NTL, the cable network, will launch an interactive TV games channel with software publisher Infogames Entertainment on its digital TV system this autumn.

Good Housekeeping, the National Magazine Company title, is to launch a new standalone magazine this autumn with the working title Buy the Best. It features advice on buying household and other goods.

…Cosmopolitan has promoted Leah Hardy, former features editor, to executive creative editor, and former managing editor Carol Bronze to executive managing editor, following the promotion of Mandi Norwood to editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan.

G-One, the independent radio production company set up by the Ginger Media Group and Unique Broadcasting, has appointed design agency 4i to create its corporate identity.

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