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UK newspaper stocks were firmer in an otherwise weak market after Rupert Murdoch said yesterday (Tuesday) that the cost of newsprint could begin to force up cover prices – signalling a possible end to the newspaper price war.

The Scott Trust selection committee has shortlisted 11 journalists for the position of editor of The Observer.

The Times advertisement manager Trevor Pryer has been appointed ad manager at The Sunday Times. He is replaced by The Times head of international sales Simon Jones.

The British Media Industry Group has delayed its cross-media ownership presentation to the Department of National Heritage to revise its findings on the measurement of ownership.

The Government has cleared Mirror Group’s purchase of a 19.9 per cent stake in STV.

The European has begun a £1m promotional campaign through Collett Dickenson Pearce for its new colour supplement, launching this week.

Commercial radio attracted total revenue of £219.7m last year, up 23.2 per cent year-on-year, the Radio Advertising Bureau confirmed this week.

QVC, the home shopping channel, has denied it will withdraw from the Sky Multi-Channels package, although it will soon be available to non-SMC subscribers with a Videocrypt receiver.

UK satellite dish ownership grew by 52,000 in November to 2,861,000, according to the latest figures from GfK Marketing Services.

The Guardian Media Group has appointed a team led by deputy ad director Carolyn McCall to handle ad sales for the spring launch of Wired.

Jon Marchant, former commercial director at Granada TV, is joining Sponsorvision as development director.

Ford was the first advertiser on BBC World.

VNU has acquired BusinessAge, the magazine published and edited by Tom Rubython.

The Traditional relationship between women and their magazines has irrevocably changed, Channel 4 will claim at its seminar, Talking to Women, on Friday.


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Marketing Week

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…as Maurice woos Conservative Party

Marketing Week

Maurice Saatchi’s continuing association with the highest echelons of the Tory party was confirmed yesterday when he was seen visiting 12 Downing Street – the office of the Government chief whip. Speculation has been rife in political circles that the New Saatchi Agency will spirit the Conservative account away from Saatchi & Saatchi. The Conservative […]

Radio audience growth slows

Marketing Week

Commercial radio consolidated its audience gains of the past two years between October and December, despite a continued decline in all radio (including the BBC) weekly reach, according to Rajar data published this week. All commercial radio’s weekly reach rose year-on-year to 60 per cent of all UK adults (57 per cent), although its 49 […]