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IPC Magazines blames a price war for forcing it to slash the cover price of key title What’s On TV. Results yesterday showed circulation revenue fell 3.1 per cent to &£106m for the six months to March 31. Advertising revenue was up 0.8 per cent to &£176.6m…

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…IPC-owned NME maga-zine and Nme.com are to be the official music print and online media partners for this year’s Carling Weekender festivals in Reading and Leeds.

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GWR, the radio group, is to launch Classic FM TV as part of a marketing deal with its 18.8 per cent shareholder Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT). The two companies will also develop local Internet portal sites in areas where GWR has radio stations and DMGT has newspapers.

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B’lowfish has created the first taxi-side advertising campaign for independent mortgage adviser Charcolonline. Media was handled by Starcom Motive.

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MindShare and Walker Media have been shortlisted to pitch for Marks & Spencer’s media account with incumbent BMP/OMD. The winner will work alongside Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R.

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The Wireless Group has formally complained to the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition on behalf of its TalkSport radio station. It claims the European Broadcasting Union’s acquisition of bundled TV and radio rights on behalf of its members – including public service broadcasters such as the BBC – impedes competition.

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Flextech former vice-president David Brennan is to set up a media consultancy.

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Total Media’s 1999 turnover was up 50 per cent to &£29m, from &£20m last year. With &£10m of business wins so far this year, the agency says it is looking for a turnover of at least &£40m this year.

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Primetime Radio, the digital radio station run by the Saga Group, has appointed Ron Coles as operations director. Coles has worked for Radio 1, Virgin Radio, Talk Radio and, most recently, Atlantic 252.

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Conquest has created a &£2m 96-sheet national poster campaign for national airline Singapore Airline.

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Zenith Media has been appointed to the &£25m global media business for IN2Film – the magazine-style souvenir programme for cinema goers.

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