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Media - 1998
WPP, the marketing services company, has bought Tyrell, the provider of computer-based production equipment, for undisclosed terms.
ITE, the organiser of international trade shows, has acquired IEG-Solingen of Germany for £1.4m.
Daily Mail & General Trust is acquiring Why Publications, the Midlands-based publisher of a free advertisement weekly, for £14m.
Emap has launched a £720m takeover bid for Petersen Companies, which will enable it to achieve its ambition of entering the US magazine market.
Granada is acquiring Artist Services, the Australian programme maker, in order to obtain a base to expand into the southern hemisphere.
Guiton Group of Jersey and the Guernsey Press Company are to merge to create a combined newspaper group for the Channel Islands.
Chrysalis is to launch the Galaxy FM dance music radio station from two centres in Middlesbrough and Newcastle next summer, creating up to 70 jobs.
Highchase of London has acquired Impala Designs, the Ipswich-based display and advertising sign company.
Daily Mail & General Trust is acquiring Radio Mercury, which broadcasts in Reigate and Crawley, from Independent Radio for £3.7m.
City of London PR Group is to acquire Boswell City Financial PR for undisclosed terms.
Direct Network Publishing is acquiring Symphony Telecommunications, the supplier of premium-rate information services, for £10m.
Dialog is acquiring Write Works, the Oxford-based developer of online purchasing systems, for up to £6.3m.
IBC is to merge with LLP Group, the publisher of Lloyd's List, to create a £315m business publishing group called Informa.
WPP Group has bought Performers Group, the Belgian healthcare specialist with annual sales of $4m.
Media Business, the advertising sales company, is to be acquired by MediaCom, a division of Grey Advertising of the US, for £28m.
Prism Leisure, the home entertainment wholesaler, is to be acquired by Linkwill, a newly-formed unquoted company, in a £6.5m deal.
Columbus Group is buying EFM Publishing, the publisher of the European Fund Manager magazine, for up to £2m.
Mail Marketing, the Bedminster-based direct marketing company, is planning to open a call centre in Bristol which will employ up to 100 people.
Taylor & Francis is acquiring Routledge Publishing, the academic publisher, for £90m.
Trinity, the regional newspaper company, has sold its US operation to a management team for £34m.
BSkyB is to recruit a further 1,200 staff at its Scottish call centre as well as an extra 500 engineers in order to cope with demand for its new digital TV service.
Reuters has acquired Agence de Presse Medicale, the French medical news service, for undisclosed terms.
IPC has acquired Link House Media, the magazine publisher, for undisclosed terms.
Harmsworth Publishing of Cambridge has acquired Landmark Information Group, the Exeter-based provider of site-specific land and property information.
Kingston Communications has bought Teleport London International, the broadcaster of TV and radio programmes to Armed Forces throughout the world, for £10m, in order to gain a foothold in the digital TV revolution.
Incepta, the owner of Citigate, has acquired Dewe Rogerson, the public relations and marketing company, for £27m and the new group will be called Citigate Dewe Rogerson.
More Group has acquired Sirocco, the French outdoor advertising company, for £52m, and will use it as a base to expand into other European countries.
Comtel is to recruit an additional 50 customer service advisers in Reading to cope with an increase in calls from cable TV customers.
Tempus is acquiring VSM Media, the US media communications company, for up to £8.7m.
Scottish Media Group is set to acquire VCI, the video publisher, for £31m, although a rival bidder may emerge.
Photobition, the media services provider, is acquiring Katz Digital Technologies, the US digital graphics company, for £30m.
Scottish Media has acquired TAS Publishing, the trade journal publisher, for £3.1m.
Reed Elsevier is selling its illustrated books division to management for £33m, and the new business will be called Octopus Publishing Group.
Pearson has sold Register Group, the provider of advertising data, to Emap and Extreme Information for £12m.
Sanctuary Group is to acquire Ted D Bear Group for about £2m as part of a strategy to become Europe's largest independent operator of music facilities.
Abbott Mead Vickers, the advertising agency, is linking up with BBDO Worldwide to acquire Irish International Communications for an initial £3.8m.
WPP has acquired Barry Gowers Advertising, the London-based healthcare agency, for an initial £0.7m.
Chrysalis Group is acquiring Choice FM Birmingham, the dance music radio station, for £6m.
Reuters has bought the fund information service of Lipper Analytical Services of the US for undisclosed terms, as part of a strategy to move into the funds data business.
Hurst Publishing, the publisher of Auto Trader magazine, has been acquired by the BC Partners venture capital group for £260m, and a trade sale or flotation could follow later.
Interpublic of the US is set to acquire International Public Relations, the UK owner of the Shandwick advertising agency, in a £104m all-share deal.
Sleepy Kids, the animation company, is to merge with three other media companies - Clipper Films, Ridgeway Films, and the Richard Digance Card Company - to create a new group called InkLine.
Medialink Worldwide of the US is acquiring London Bureau, the UK TV consultancy and photographic agency, for £5m.
Mirror Group has acquired the Derry Journal newspaper in Northern Ireland for £18.2m, as part of a strategy to strengthen its position in regional newspapers.
ICC, the business information company, is acquiring Market Assessment Publications for undisclosed terms, which will enable it to offer customers a wider range of titles and more detailed research in a number of industry sectors.
Harvey Goldsmith Entertainments is planning a reverse takeover of Tring, the lossmaking budget music company, in a £8m deal, and will then look for a number of additional acquisitions.
NTL has acquired two cable TV operators - ComTel and Diamond Cable - for a total £1.4bn, in a further rationalisation of the sector that has seen the number of companies fall from 24 to five in the past five years.
Carlton Communications has acquired a 50% stake in Central de Video, the Mexican video cassette maker, for £9m.
Carlton Communications has acquired National Screen Service, the distributor of promotional material on films to UK cinemas, from its management for £2.2m.
Saatchi & Saatchi is selling its Siegel & Gale corporate identity consultancy in the US to management in a £20m deal.
WPP has acquired Conway/Milliken & Associates, the US customer research company, as part of a strategy to expand its information and consultancy operations.
Lopex, the marketing and communications group, is acquiring Compass Marketing, the loyalty schemes specialist, for £2.7m.
DreamWorks SKG of Hollywood is to set up a film production company in London, and will invest £30m a year in the venture.
Pearson is acquiring Simon & Schuster, the US publisher, from Viacom for £2.75bn, and will retain the educational publishing side of the business and sell the remainder to Hicks Muse.
British Digital Broadcasting is appointing British Telecom to manage the customer call centre for its pay-television services, which will create an initial 100 jobs rising to over 1,000.
Capital Radio has acquired Red Dragon Radio, which operates two Welsh radio stations, from Emap for £18.2m.
Pearson has acquired Pasha Publications, the publisher of newsletters on the energy sector, for $18m.
Capital Radio has acquired XFM, the London pop music radio station, for £16m.
Reed Elsevier is acquiring two US legal publishing businesses from Times Mirror for £980m - Matthew Bender and the remaining 50% of Shepard's Company.
Pearson has sold its Future Publishing consumer magazines business to a management team backed by Apax Partners for £142m.
WPP is acquiring Goldfarb Corporation, the Canadian marketing research consultancy, for £24m.
Channel Four is to create 61 new jobs to prepare for the introduction of digital TV and to cope with the increase in the number of programmes being commissioned.
Carlton Communications is to invest £20m in the creation of a new company called Carlton Online, which will develop a number of new internet businesses and create 30 jobs.
Maverick, the US record label, is planning to open a London operation in the next six months.
Eastern Counties Newspapers is acquiring Home Counties Newspapers for £58m, thereby beating off a £60m approach from Southnews.
NTL is to acquire NetChannel UK, the interactive TV business, for about $1m in order to offer home shopping services and internet access to cable TV subscribers.
Telewest Communications has finalised terms for the £649m acquisition of General Cable, the fifth largest cable TV operator.
Kingfisher has acquired F-Beat Records, the owner of the Demon Records music company, for about £2m.
Tele-Cine Cell, the post-production company, is to be acquired by Todd-AO of the US for £10m.
Birchin International is raising £1.4m in a share offer in order to fund the acquisition of Swinton Castle, as it transforms its business from book publishing to residential training.
WPP Group has bought two US marketing consultancies - Charles Rivers Strategies and MSC Channel Research and Consulting.
Abbott Mead Vickers has sold its Leagas Delaney advertising agency to management for £4m.
Newsquest Media has acquired Property Weekly, the publisher of property advertising newspapers, for £2.5m.
Mirror Group is selling its 46% stake in The Independent to Independent Newspapers for £3m, but will retain a contract to print and distribute the newspapers for the next five years.
Camden Graphics, the greeting cards company, is being acquired by American Greetings of the US for undisclosed terms.
Reed Elsevier has called off its £17bn merger with Wolters Kluwer, following an attempt by Wolters to renegotiate terms because of fears that the European Commission would force the combined group to dispose of a large part of the tax and legal publishing business.
More Group is to be acquired by Clear Channel Communications of the US for £446m, which will create the largest outdoor advertising company in the world.
Pearson has sold its law and tax publishing business to Thomson Corp for £70m.
United News & Media has sold United Provincial Newspapers, the publisher of the Yorkshire Post, to Candover Investments for £360m, and its Spanish regional publishing operation to Hebdo Mag International for £43m.
Emap is to acquire London-based Melody Radio for £25m, but will have to sell its Cardiff radio stations to comply with regulations on radio ownership.
Southnews is acquiring the southern regional newspapers business of United News & Media for £47.5m.
Cementone is acquiring ITE, the international trade show business, for £65m, and will change its name to ITE Group.
CSI, the TV sports rights marketing company, has been acquired by Interpublic of the US for undisclosed terms.
Getty Communications has acquired Allsport, the sports photographic agency, for £18m, and will use the business to sell images via the internet.
A new company called Dataforce has been created to acquire two direct mail companies - Mailforce Group and Eros Marketing Support Services - for £14.5m.
Daily Mail & General Trust is about to acquire Essex Radio, in which it already holds 27%, in a deal that values the local radio company at £21m.
PolyGram of the Netherlands is said to be planning to set up a visual special effects unit in London, to be used initially for its forthcoming Thunderbirds film.
Reed Elsevier has sold IPC Magazines, the UK's largest publisher of consumer magazines, to a management team for £860m in order to focus on business and scientific publications.