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BSkyB is to show its first pay-per-view football match on Feb 27 - Oxford United against Sunderland - at a cost of £7.95 per subscriber.
Television Corporation has won a £1.5m contract to produce cricket programmes for Channel 4 through its Sunset & Vine division.
Photobition, the media services company, has launched a £42m hostile takeover bid for Wace.
Vivendi of France has sold its 6.5% stake in Telewest Communications, the UK cable TV company, for £200m.
Creation Records has announced plans to post music on the internet for a month before going on sale in the shops as singles.
Independent Newspapers of Ireland has announced plans for a restructuring of its worldwide operations that will cut up to 10% of its 13,500-strong workforce, and a new printing plant will be set up in Dublin.
The BBC is to invest £10m in a new broadcasting centre in Norwich, and three potential sites are being considered.
The British Phonographic Industry has commissioned Andersen Consulting to examine the possibility of developing a software system to allow digital music to be sold over the internet.
BSkyB is negotiating a deal that will result in Wilcon Homes installing satellite dishes in 5,000 new homes next year.
Seagram is set to announce the merger of its newly-acquired PolyGram business with its Universal Music subsidiaries, which will result in job losses in the UK and the closure of UMI's London headquarters.
Talk Radio has dropped plans to take a 10% stake in Digital One but it will provide content to the national digital radio service.
Sports & Outdoor Media International has bought a 75% stake in Boyd Australia, the outdoor advertising company, and a 50% stake in Boyd China, for £12m.
Addison Wesley Longman is to close its warehouse in Harlow with the loss of 83 jobs, following the company's merger with Financial Time Management and Simon & Schuster to create Pearson Education.
Flextech has rejected an approach from CanWest Global Communications of Canada for its 20% stake in Scottish Media.
Capital Radio and Emap Radio have announced the formation of a joint venture to apply for local digital radio licences in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Regional Independent Media has confirmed plans to cut up to 250 jobs, mainly in the production of newspapers in Yorkshire, but also intends to invest £6.6m on the launch of new titles and the installation of colour print facilities.
Associated Newspapers is planning to spend £8m on the launch of a free daily newspaper that will be given to people using the London Underground.
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.
Aspen Group, the marketing and media concern, has begun discussions with potential buyers having put itself up for sale.
A'Ida Direct Mail of Washington, Tyne & Wear, is to close with the loss of 200 jobs.
Border Television is looking to expand its Century radio format to other parts of the country, and expects to apply for licences in Central Scotland, Yorkshire and the West Midlands.
News Communications & Media is to move newspaper production to South Wales and a new £13m plant in Weymouth over the next 12 months, and its existing plant in Dursley, Gloucestershire, will be closed with the loss of up to 160 jobs.
Scottish Radio, the newspaper and radio company, is looking to spend up to £100m on acquisitions and is to apply for digital radio licences in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Northern Ireland.
Creation Records is planning to become the first established UK record label to offer digital distribution of music over the internet.
Pearson is to acquire a stake of up to 30% in Unidad Editorial, the Spanish newspaper publisher, for a maximum $72m.
Omnicom of the US is in talks to acquire the remainder of Abbott Mead Vickers, in a deal that would value the UK advertising agency at £350m.
Tempus Group is to acquire a 51% stake in MediaCentralen, the Danish media concern, for £1.9m.
Pearson is closing its Ladybird Books operation in Loughborough with the loss of 210 jobs, and the children's books business will be transferred to London.
The Independent Television Commission has cut annual licence payments for 11 ITV franchises from £363m to £292m, and is asking the GMTV breakfast TV station to invest more in programming in return for its £30m cut.
Midland Asian Television has won a 2-year licence to broadcast a new TV channel in the Leicester area.
Chrysalis is linking up with Border Television to jointly apply for regional digital radio licences.
Pearson's £512m deal to sell Simon & Schuster's professional publishing business to Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst of the US has collapsed, and it will now seek legal advice.
DNA Films has announced plans to make 11 lottery-funded movies.
Newsquest, the regional newspaper publisher, is planning to set up an auction service on the internet, allowing individuals to buy and sell small items.
Emap is planning to launch a major new weekly consumer magazine next spring, supported by a marketing spend of up to £5m.
CMG is forming a joint venture company with the government's Radio Communications Agency to help manage Russia's radio spectrum and to develop other foreign markets for the agency.
Capital Radio has outlined a strategy to build up a national business which involves the acquisition of digital radio services in areas outside current local franchises.
The BBC is said to be about to quit its Pebble Mill studios in Birmingham following a series of redundancies, and may move to another location in the city.
GWR is planning to invest £1m in a new digital music radio station aimed at teenagers.
Mail Marketing, the Bedminster-based direct marketing company, is planning to open a call centre in Bristol which will employ up to 100 people.
British Interactive Broadcasting is to rename itself Open as it prepares to launch its TV home shopping and banking service next year.
Westport, the photographic imaging company, is said to be in talks about a reverse takeover with the Sportsworld media group.
Intelligence Database Marketing of Middlesbrough is to be renamed Targetbase Business Solutions, and is planning to establish offices in Paris and Amsterdam.
Watford Council is supporting the West Watford and South Oxhey Film scheme that aims to bring an estimated 4,000 jobs to the area by encouraging movie, entertainment and tourism projects.
The BBC has announced the loss of 35 production jobs at its Pebble Mill studios in Birmingham, following the loss of several key programmes.
The government is considering plans to set up a £20m digital TV channel for schools, and broadcasters have been asked if they are interested in providing content.
Carlton Communications is considering plans to bid for Rank's video duplication business.
On Digital is considering plans to include cut-price telephone calls with its digital terrestrial TV service, and will be discussing the idea with cable operators.
Cable & Wireless Communications is to include the new ITV2 channel as part of its analogue pay-TV service, which will make it immediately available to 850,000 cable subscribers.
The Radio Advertising Bureau is planning to set up a trading system on the internet to enable local radio stations to sell advertising slots.
Regional Independent Media, the local newspaper publisher, is said to be considering plans to cut up to 350 jobs.
The BBC is looking to form a joint venture in the US for the distribution of its BBC World news and information channel to cable and satellite groups.
Cable & Wireless Communications, Telewest, and NTL are said to be preparing to start negotiations about swapping their local cable TV franchises.
Taylor Nelson Sofres has acquired a 60% stake in OBOP, the Polish market research company, and a 34% stake in British Balkan Social Surveys of Bulgaria.
Sony of Japan is considering plans to invest in a proposed new film studio in Edinburgh, which would involve up to £20m being spent on buildings and £40m on 20 new movies.
Orion Publishing has launched a £9m takeover bid for the Cassell publishing company, which beats the £7m offer from Macmillan.
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.
The TalkCo consortium has reached agreement to acquire Talk Radio in a deal that values the station at £25m.
Channel Four is in discussions with a number of potential partners, including Warner Brothers, about setting up more pay-TV channels in addition to the new FilmFour service.
Bloomsbury, the book publisher, is to raise £6m in a rights issue in order to finance US expansion and its joint venture with Microsoft.
Primesight, the outdoor advertising company, aims to complete its 8,000-site network of illuminated advertising panels by the end of next year.
The BBC is considering plans for a substantial increase in its sports programming budget, which could result in the formation of commercial partnerships.
WPP has acquired an 80% stake in Marcom, the Polish direct marketing agency with annual sales of about £5m.
Mirror Group has awarded a £10m contract to Miller to build a headquarters building in Glasgow.
BSkyB is planning to introduce interactive programming to its digital TV service next year, which will enable subscribers to replay video clips of news and sporting events.
TDS House, the Blackburn-based supplier of large screen TV systems, has secured a £2m financing deal with Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance to help its expansion programme.
BSkyB is said to be recruiting a further 2,000 customer service and installation staff in order to cope with the demand for its new digital TV service.
The BBC is considering plans to set up the UK's first public service children's channel, which would be launched on digital TV next year.
Carlton Communications is in negotiations to acquire PolyGram's film and TV library from Seagram.
Live TV is to close its local cable TV stations in Liverpool and Newcastle in order to focus on its national service and larger metropolitan stations.
Telewest has chosen the Open TV system to provide interactive shopping to cable TV subscribers, rejecting the internet-based system that will be used by the other major operators.
Channel Four and Sky Sports have agreed a £103m deal to show international cricket matches over the next four years, having outbid the BBC.
The government has decided to retain the BBC licence fee until the end of its charter in 2006, as it is deemed to be a more suitable mechanism for funding the organisation than advertising or sponsorship.
Endemol, the Dutch entertainment company, is looking to expand its UK television production interests through acquisition, due to rising demand for ready-made TV programmes.
Scottish Media has sold its 26% stake in the VCI video publishing company to Kingfisher for £12m.
Tindle Newspapers of Surrey has bought The Cambrian News, one of the oldest privately-owned newspapers in Wales.
Incepta is looking to build up its public relations business in the US, and is particularly interested in acquiring an investor relations concern on the west coast.
HIT Entertainment is to raise £14m in a share placing in order to fund the production of more animated programmes.
Granada has sold a 6.5% stake in BSkyB to the Alex Brown investment bank for £429m, in order to end its conflicting interests in the two rival digital TV services.
Digital One, a consortium of GWR, NTL and Talk Radio, has won a licence to broadcast 10 commercial digital radio channels across the country.
Macmillan Publishers has launched a £7m bid for Cassell, the book publisher.
British Telecom is planning to close its commercial maritime radio services next year, as they are being replaced by satellite and cellular-based services.
Chrysalis has won the new North East regional radio licence, and will launch the station next summer using its Galaxy dance format.
Scottish Media Group is planning to launch a new Sunday newspaper for Scotland.
Channel Four is to launch a pay-TV channel called FilmFour in November, available on digital, analogue satellite and cable.
Duckworth, the literary publisher, is to set up a new subsidiary to develop projects for turning into feature films and TV series.
IBC has bought three Australian magazine titles and a 50% stake in a conference business for £1.4m.
LLP has bought 12 trade magazines from Armstrong International for £6.3m.
Emap, the media company, is announcing a series of management changes that are expected to prepare the company for a period of international expansion.
Leicester City football club is in talks with Diamond Cable, its local cable company, about a possible joint venture after the current Premiership TV rights with Sky expire in 2001.
The BBC is in discussions with Cellnet and Orange about the possibility of transmitting news headlines over mobile phones, as part of a major review of its news services.
NTL is in discussions with 35 companies about the launch of home shopping and banking services via interactive TV from next March.
Rangers football club is planning to form its own television company, Rangers Television, and discussions are taking place with a number of potential joint venture partners.
Cable & Wireless Communications, the cable TV company, has agreed a deal that will enable it to offer four Flextech channels and five channels from UKTV.
Bloomsbury Publishing is to form an alliance with Microsoft to develop reference works in both print and electronic formats, beginning with the Encarta World English Dictionary.
Solent City Television is planning to open new TV stations for Portsmouth, Southampton and Bournemouth by next autumn.
On Digital is promising to send an engineer within 24 hours to any subscriber complaining of reception problems with its new digital terrestrial TV service.
Cordiant Communications is buying the remaining 25% stake of The Communications Group, the Australian advertising company, for £8m.
Cable & Wireless Communications is launching a package of 10 TV channels, a telephone line, and access to pay-per-view sports and movies, for £9.99 a month.
ITV is said to be planning to boost its programming budget by £50m to £670m, in response to growing competition from cable and satellite TV.
European Press Holdings will close The European newspaper at the end of the year unless a buyer can be found.
Southern Newspapers is considering plans to apply for local TV franchises, and will change its name to News Communications & Media to reflect its widening range of interests.
The Football League is planning to run a trial of pay-per-view football matches from the lower divisions early next year, but has not yet chosen a TV company.
Kingfisher has launched a £47m takeover bid for VCI, the video publisher, trumping an agreed bid from Scottish Media.
Taylor Nelson Sofres is looking for acquisitions to expand its market information business into new countries such as Brazil, South Africa and the Netherlands.
Telewest Communications, the cable TV group, has postponed a £140m share placing as investors said the price was too high for current market conditions.
The Independent Television Commission is to allow digital TV operators to sell TV sets that exclusively carry their own services.
Comtel is to recruit an additional 50 customer service advisers in Reading to cope with an increase in calls from cable TV customers.
Granada and Littlewoods are planning a home shopping channel called Shop! and it will be launched on digital terrestrial TV in November.
Trinity, the regional newspaper group, is planning to sell its US operations to management for up to £30m.
Channel 5 has reached agreement with Emap to produce a TV version of the FHM men's magazine.
MediaOne of the US is increasing its stake in Telewest Communications, the cable TV group, by 8.4% to 30% at a cost of £245m, which is expected to make Telewest's position more secure in the rapidly consolidating sector.
Ulster Television is considering plans to sell its 0.3% stake in SES, the owner of the Astra satellites, in order to raise about £12m to return to shareholders.
Television Corporation is looking to expand its TV production business into continental Europe and the US through acquisitions and joint ventures.
Bloomberg is in discussions that could lead to it acquiring The European newspaper.
PA News is set to move to a new headquarters in Leeds, which will be triple the size of its existing base in the city.
The BBC has appointed NM Rothschild to review its property portfolio, which could lead to the sale and leaseback of many of its 500 properties.
Carlton Communications is in discussions with Arsenal that could lead to the acquisition of the football club, while other media groups are also becoming interested in owning clubs.
Mirror Group has reached agreement with the Hearts football club in Edinburgh to show matches and interviews in a bi-weekly show on its local cable TV station.
Acorn has won a $8m contract to supply digital set-top boxes to ImagicTV, the Canadian software concern that is planning the first commercial service for broadcast TV over conventional copper telephone wires.
Aegis, the media buying company, is looking to set up operations in Latin America, China and Taiwan over the next two years.
Emap has bought Automotive Management from Leading Edge Publishing Group.
BSkyB has agreed to acquire Manchester United football club for £623m, prompting concern among supporters and politicians about the possible impact such a deal will have on the sport.
WPP is acquiring a 30% stake in AGB Italia, the Italian provider of TV audience research, for undisclosed terms.
Pearson has sold its 20% stake in the Canadian Financial Post to Southam for £14m, as part of a strategy to sell off passive investments.
Johnston Press is to buy eight weekly newspapers in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire from Eastern Counties Press for £8m.
Daily Mail & General Trust is to close its Channel One cable TV station due to insufficient subscriptions.
Incepta is said to be considering the acquisition of Dewe Rogerson, the London-based public relations company, for about £30m.
NTL is to invest £25m setting up internet-based home banking and shopping services for its forthcoming digital TV service.
Pearson has sold its remaining minority stake in the Flextech television company, raising £27.6m.
Metal Bulletin, the publishing and information services group, is planning to make further acquisitions before the end of the year.
TBWA is to acquire a stake of up to 70% in Nippo, the Japanese advertising agency, in order to help expand its Asian business.
The Office of Fair Trading is to investigate ITV's decision not to supply its TV channels to BSkyB's forthcoming satellite service.
Golden Rose Communications has announced a joint venture between its Jazz FM radio station and Telstar Records to promote new recording artists on premium price CDs.
Cable & Wireless Communications is planning to launch its own interactive TV service, having signed deals with companies such as British Airways and Barclays Bank to offer home shopping and banking.
Newsquest, the regional newspaper company, is to start offering internet access to readers of its 184 titles by the end of the year.
A number of companies are preparing bids for the £100m contract to collect the BBC licence fee, including a consortium of WPP, the Post Office, and Bull Information Systems, and rival bids from British Telecom, Andersen Consulting and EDS.
Telewest Communications is buying a further 27.5% stake in Birmingham Cable for £125m, as part of a strategy to become the UK's largest cable company.
ITE, the organiser of international trade shows, is looking to spend up to £60m on acquisitions over the next year in order to expand into eastern and central Europe.
BSkyB has abandoned its legal action against On Digital over the compatibility of set-top boxes because it believes that On Digital's simpler box will "highlight the advantages of Sky's box".
British Telecom is to open up a new advertising medium by displaying adverts in 85,000 of its street payphone kiosks.
WPP is acquiring Crossab, the holding company for the Sexton group of advertising and marketing companies in Sweden.
Glass's Group, the publisher of second-hand car price guides, is to be acquired by Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, the US private equity firm, for £126m.
BSkyB has announced the pricing structure for its forthcoming digital TV service, and it will include a low-cost option with six channels at £6.99 a month.
BSkyB is in discussions to offer Flextech's Living and UK Arena channels exclusively on its digital TV service.
S4C Digital Networks is in discussions to offer its own movie and sport on-demand services to subscribers of On Digital.
Border Television has rejected an unsolicited takeover approach from Scottish Radio.
BSkyB is in discussions with E! Entertainment of the US about the launch of a UK version of the US company's entertainment TV channel.
Cartoon Network, the cable TV channel, is to launch a comic featuring its cartoon characters later this month, and it will be published by Burghley Publishing.
Telewest is to double the number of cable channels carrying video-on-demand from four to eight due to the popularity of the service.
The EU has ruled that digital TV subscribers will be able to purchase set-top boxes subsidised by BSkyB without having to subscribe to BSkyB's 200-channel service, although this may not be practical if different decoding standards are used.
NTL is bidding for Cablelink, the Irish cable TV company that is being offered for sale by public tender and is expected to fetch £175m.
Carlton Communications is said to have secured the supply of a film and a crime channel from Universal Studios of the US, for broadcasting via its On Digital service.
The BBC is planning to launch a parliamentary TV channel called BBC Parliament, which will offer live coverage of the House of Commons and replace the existing cable-only channel.
Cable & Wireless Communications has awarded an initial contract to Pace Micro Technology to make 100,000 set-top boxes in preparation for next year's launch of its digital cable TV service.
WPP is forming an alliance with Asatsu, the Japanese advertising agency, with each company taking a stake of about £100m in the other.
BSkyB has agreed a deal with Channel Four to include both its main channel and a new Film Four movies channel on Sky Digital.
BSkyB is to offer free installation of satellite dishes to subscribers of its new 200-channel digital TV service, in order to eliminate the advantage held by its rival On Digital.
Emap is setting up a new division called Emap Active, which will bring together its 58 lifestyle and recreation magazines.
Reuters is acquiring a 33.5% stake in GL Trade, the software subsidiary of the French stock exchange, for undisclosed terms, which will enable it to provide more order handling services to its clients.
British Digital Broadcasting is to change its name to On Digital, and has decided to start offering its 15-channel pay-TV service in selected regions for a gradual build-up of subscribers.
The Independent Television Commission has assured BSkyB that it can go-ahead with plans to launch a 200-channel digital pay-TV service, despite protests from BSkyB that new rules will affect its ability to run an interactive home shopping service.
Reuters has announced a reorganisation that will create two divisions for information and trading room systems, and a third for marketing and distribution, thereby doing away with its regional structure.
British Digital Broadcasting has agreed a deal with Viacom to include the MTV music channel on its digital terrestrial TV service from next year.
Pearson has acquired a 12.3% stake in Digital Broadcasting Company, a new company that will provide pay-per-view films for digital TV.
Oxford University is to start offering degree courses over the internet from next year, beginning with postgraduate courses in medicine, computing and software engineering.
About 2.8m homes will subscribe to digital terrestrial TV by 2003, and the terrestrial TV groups will win more digital subscribers than BSkyB and the cable companies, according to a report from Continental Research.
BSkyB has been in preliminary discussions with Telecom Italia about the possibility of forming a digital TV consortium in Italy.
Pearson is considering a bid for PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, the film and TV division of PolyGram that has been offered for sale following Seagram's bid for Polygram.
Q Group has announced a series of deals that will take its educational publishing business into Israel, Austria and the Netherlands.
Flextech is in discussions to join the News International consortium that is bidding for a 63% stake in Talk Radio, which would represent its first move into radio.
The BBC World Service may have to close some of its 44 foreign language radio services having been allocated a tighter budget than hoped for in the government's spending review.
Cable & Wireless Communications is planning to strengthen its ties with Telewest Communications, which could involve the swapping of local cable TV franchises.
Border Television is looking to form a consortium with companies such as Capital Radio to bid for local digital radio licences.
Pearson is considering plans to sell the Register Group, the advertising monitoring business, for £30m.
BSkyB is being investigated by the EU following allegations that it was planning to supply its digital TV service to UK cable companies on unequal terms.
The Independent Television Commission is to allow BSkyB to broadcast one of its sports channels on spare digital terrestrial frequencies allocated to Channel 5, although objections could still be raised in Brussels.
The Radio Authority is to change the way that digital radio frequencies are allocated in London to allow an additional 4m listeners in the outer suburbs to tune in, following pressure from companies such as Capital Radio and Emap.
MTV Europe is planning to set up a music television channel on the internet next month.
Carlton Communications is in discussions with a number of media companies about the formation of joint ventures for its forthcoming Carlton Films and Public Eye pay-TV channels.
Cable & Wireless Communications is acquiring a 50.1% stake in Two Way TV for £13m, which will enable it to offer interactive games on its digital TV service.
Creation Records is planning to launch a new internet site in the autumn that will sell music and relay live concerts, with digital distribution being added at a later date.
IPC Magazines is planning to produce a TV version of its Loaded men's magazine, starting with a video diary of the World Cup.
Southern Newspapers has acquired two magazine titles - Insurance Times and Portfolio International - from MSM International for undisclosed terms.
Pearson has agreed to sell the reference and the business and professional divisions of Simon & Schuster to Hicks Muse for $860m, if its $4.6bn acquisition of Simon & Schuster goes ahead.
Guardian Media Group and United News & Media are to back Talk Radio's management in their bid for the radio station, and would aim to convert it into a commercial version of BBC's Radio 5 Live.
BSkyB has announced deals with the BBC, Flextech and Discovery Networks to broadcast 17 channels on its digital TV service, seven of which are based on BBC archives.
The BBC is to link up with Microsoft's Web TV division to combine internet data with TV programmes on one screen.
Avesco is to raise £14m in a share placing in order to fund the expansion of its giant video screens business in the US.
Reuters has acquired an investment trust data service from BT AlexBrown for undisclosed terms.
Up to 15% of households may not be able to receive the new digital terrestrial TV service later this year because their rooftop aerials are inadequate, and the problem is being debated by the BBC, ITV and British Digital Broadcasting.
The Independent Television Commission has announced new rules that will prevent certain agreements between channel providers and distributors such as BSkyB, in which cable and satellite channels are bundled into packages for subscribers.
The Digital One consortium, which includes GWR, NTL and Talk Radio, has presented an unchallenged bid to run national digital radio, and is aiming to set up a 10-channel service.
Thomson Financial Services Europe has acquired the Acquisitions Monthly magazine for undisclosed terms.
United News & Media is said to be considering a link-up with Talk Radio's management to form a joint bid for the radio station.
Yellow Pages is forming a strategic alliance with Equifax which will involve cross-licensing, the development of new products and the exchange of business data.
Mirror Group is considering plans to sell its 20% stake in Scottish Media Group for about £105m, which could result in a media company taking control of the ITV company.
Golden Rose Communications is planning a joint venture with Telstar to set up a jazz record label, and it has also announced its intention to open more themed restaurants and apply for a radio licence in central Scotland.
Ginger Media Group has withdrawn from the Digital One consortium that is planning a bid to run national digital radio, following disagreements about the structure of the company.
The British Phonographic Industry is considering plans to replace United News & Media in the CIN consortium that owns the pop music charts, as it believes cost savings could result if a trade organisation were involved instead of a private sector company.
The government is to impose strict conditions on the creation of BBC Resources, a new private company that will be responsible for the BBC's technical and engineering operations, by insisting that it must either drop the BBC prefix in its name or pay for the use of the brand.
GWR is considering plans to transform Classic FM into a global classical music radio station, but will first move into markets where it already operates such as Austria and Poland.
Capital Radio is in talks with Emap Radio about forming an alliance to bid for a local digital radio licence, as licences for Birmingham, London and Manchester are due to be advertised by the Radio Authority in September.
Axel Springer of Germany has decided not to proceed with plans to bid for the Mirror newspaper company due to concerns over price, and Mirror may now restart merger discussions with Trinity International.
News International is to take a 20% stake in a consortium that is bidding for Talk Radio, but it will face competition from a number of other interested parties including a possible management buy-out.
ITV is refusing to pay BSkyB to carry its channels on the new digital satellite service, which means they will only be available on digital terrestrial and cable.
Capital Radio's acquisition of the XFM pop music station in London is facing opposition from two other radio groups - Ginger Media Group and Choice FM - who have told the Radio Authority and the OFT that the takeover would limit competition.
The BBC has agreed a deal for its TV channels to be broadcast by BSkyB via digital satellite, and the BBC will pay an undisclosed amount to BSkyB for the encryption and coding of its signals.
Jacor Communications of the US and London News Radio have emerged as the two most likely contenders to acquire Talk Radio from CLT-Ufa for about £25m.
Pathe Pictures has won £2.3m in lottery grants to help finance the cost of making its first three films.
BSkyB is to restrict the launch of its digital TV service this month by initially offering it only to its most loyal customers, in order that it can iron out any problems before the main launch later this year.
The Independent Television Commission has been approached by eleven ITV companies wanting early renewal of their broadcasting licences, with most of them trying to get a reduction in the amount paid to the Treasury.
Emap is looking to expand its publishing business into the US, but has warned that many businesses are overpriced at the moment because of competition from buy-out firms.
Columbus Group, the specialist publishing company, is in acquisition talks with a number of companies, and it is particularly interested in buying Dateline, the computer dating service.
Football's Premier League has rejected a BSkyB proposal to televise live matches on a pay-per-view basis next season, due to concerns over financial terms and a plan to move some matches from Saturday to Sunday.
Border Television is to put in an early application for the renewal of its broadcasting licence next week, due to fears that the company may be forced to split into two to ensure proper coverage of the new Scottish parliament.
Mirror Group has broken off merger discussions with Newsquest International, and will instead try to extract a firm takeover proposal from Axel Springer, the German publisher.
Wilmington is planning to step up its acquisitions programme and believes that opportunities will arise as large media groups increase their focus on core areas.
Channel 4 is looking for a partner to help it develop a subscription film channel for digital TV, and the successful partner would gain an equity stake in the project in return for the supply of programming.
Axel Springer Verlag, the German newspaper publisher, is considering a takeover bid for Mirror Group, although the UK newspaper group has denied that any talks have taken place.
Capital Radio is looking at ways it can use its brand for a new digital TV channel, although it does not plan to make a direct investment in television.
Lopex is acquiring Fotorama, the supplier of promotional services, for an initial £4.3m and it has also completed the purchase of SLR Direct Marketing.
DreamWorks SKG of Hollywood is to set up a film production company in London, and will invest £30m a year in the venture.
British Telecom is planning to sell its cable TV franchises in Westminster and Milton Keynes in order to help win regulatory approval for its participation in the British Interactive Broadcasting venture.
IPC Magazines is linking up with DC Thomson, Haymarket Publishing, and British European Associated Publishers, to set up a TV channel called the Magazine Channel that will show programmes based on existing magazines.
British Digital Broadcasting has warned that some households may have to upgrade their aerials in order to receive its digital TV service, but it has not yet decided how to handle this problem.
Jacor Communications of the US is said to be interested in bidding for the UK radio stations being sold CLT-UFA of Luxembourg, which includes a stake in Talk Radio, but would have to form a consortium first as US companies are not allowed to control UK radio licences.
Emap is to transform its Empire movies magazine into a radio format, broadcasting it in one-minute slots via its FM stations, and a number of other Emap magazines will also take this route.
ITV has announced plans to invest £21m a year on the production of programmes for its second digital TV channel, which is due for launch in November.
Taylor & Francis, the academic and scientific publisher, is raising £13.7m in a flotation in order to strengthen its balance sheet and raise its profile.
S4C Digital Networks is expected to win a licence over the next few weeks to set up a digital terrestrial TV service, and shareholders in the consortium include United News & Media, NTL, and S4C.
The Stationery Office, the former government-owned printer and publisher, is planning a flotation next year following its return to profitability.
British Digital Broadcasting is planning to offer digital TV subscribers a package of 12 channels for under £10 a month when it launches later this year, which it says will undercut Sky Television.
Pearson is said to be planning to join the bidding for Simon & Schuster, the US publisher being sold by Viacom for at least £2bn.
EMI, the music group, has called off talks with a potential purchaser, thought to be Seagram, as no firm offer has been received.
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.
Viacom, the supplier of TV channels, is threatening to move its European HQ out of the UK if the Independent Television Commission pushes through with plans to change the way that cable and satellite channels are sold to subscribers.
BBC Worldwide is forming a joint venture with West 175 Enterprises to launch cookery programmes in the US.
Granada Group is to offer free set-top boxes to customers of its TV rental service to allow them to unscramble signals when British Digital Broadcasting launches its digital terrestrial TV service later this year.
Incepta, the marketing communications concern, is planning to announce an Italian acquisition over the next few weeks followed by the purchase of equity stakes in Spanish and German companies.
Emap Radio, DMG Radio and Capital Radio are said to have ended negotiations to make a joint bid for the national digital radio licence because of fears that consumers will not want to upgrade their radio sets.
EMI, the music group, has confirmed that it has received an approach from a possible bidder, thought to be Seagram of Canada.
Scottish Media is to invest £6m in new facilities for its broadcasting business, but 53 jobs will be lost following the acquisition of Grampian Television.
Leeds Sporting is planning to launch a regional sports TV channel, and hopes it will eventually be able to televise Leeds United football matches.
Britt Allcroft has bought the rights to the Thomas the Tank Engine children's books from Reed Elsevier for £13.5m.
Independent Radio Group is planning to bid for the new FM radio licence in central Scotland in order to offer a dance-based music channel.
The BBC is looking for a property company to buy, refurbish and lease back about 500 of its UK properties, in order to help rationalise its property portfolio and upgrade facilities for digital working.
The Independent Television Commission is to remove the ban on terrestrial TV programmes being based on magazine titles from September.
The government is to allow British Telecom and other public telecoms operators to offer broadcast services throughout the country from the start of 2001, a year earlier than previously expected, and they can immediately start offering such services to the 17% of homes not covered by cable franchises.
NTL, the cable TV company, is launching a national telephone and internet service, and also has plans to introduce internet over the television and a digital TV service.
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.
IBC is looking to spend up to £50m on acquisitions this year, in order to build up the publishing side of the business.
CLT-UFA of Luxembourg has begun the process of selecting preferred bidders for its UK radio interests, which includes stakes in Talk Radio and RTL Country.
Aspen, the marketing and media concern, has rejected a takeover approach from Photobition.
Aegis, the media buying agency, is said to be vulnerable to a hostile takeover bid following the sale of stakes worth a total £256m.
Channel Four is looking to secure a financing and distribution deal with one of the large US independent film production companies, in order to boost the output of films through its new Film Four subsidiary.
BSkyB has issued a writ against British Digital Broadcasting to prevent it from selling digital TV set-top boxes that are incompatible with its own.
Carlton Communications is linking up with National Geographic Television to invest about £18m in the production of 300 hours of TV documentaries.
Emap is to start selling books, CDs, videos and concert tickets from internet sites based on its consumer magazines, and has launched a new division called Emap Consumer Online.
Scottish Media is in discussions with BSkyB about a plan for a joint bid to cover Scottish premier league football.
LLP, the publisher of the Lloyds List shipping newspaper, is to raise £67m in a flotation next week in order to expand its business information services business.
Home Counties Newspapers is facing potential takeover offers from a number of companies following the referral of Johnston Press' £52m bid to the Monopolies & Mergers Commission.
The QVC home shopping TV station has emerged as one of the favourites to take control of one of Channel 5's spare digital terrestrial frequencies, while the Independent Television Commission is understood to be considering a list of potential operators.
WPP is acquiring DSBS Reclamebureau, the Dutch advertising agency with net assets of £1m.
Boosey & Hawkes is planning a bid for Carl Fischer, the US music publisher.
Granada is transferring a 9.5% stake in Granada Sky Broadcasting to BSkyB, leaving it with a 50% stake, in a deal that values GSB at about £100m.
The BBC is close to agreeing a deal with BSkyB that will enable its TV channels to be included in BSkyB's digital service, and BBC1 will become the first channel on Sky's electronic programme guide.
Scottish Media Group is planning to close its Sky Scottish TV channel as it has failed to meet growth targets.
Pearson is close to selling its Future Publishing magazines business for up to £150m to a management team backed by Apax Partners.
Taylor & Francis, the scientific publisher, is considering plans for a flotation.
Cable & Wireless Communications is to cut 1,500 jobs over the next nine months, in order to make unspecified savings following the creation of the group 18 months ago.
Channel 5 Broadcasting has secured up to £140m of financing from the City in order to fund future developments.
The Independent Television Commission is to introduce measures to allow cable and satellite TV customers to subscribe to fewer channels, thereby doing away with "minimum carriage guarantees".
Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Screen are proposing the creation of a £5.3m film production studio near Glasgow to compete with the Pinewood and Shepperton studios in England.
Warner Music and Sony Music are planning to merge their distribution facilities to create a major new distribution centre for music, videos and electronic games, through a new joint venture company called The Entertainment Network.
More Group, the outdoor advertising group, has received a £475m takeover offer from Decaux of France, which beats the £446m offer from Clear Channel of the US.
The BBC is considering plans to launch eight digital radio channels, including a music channel using its rock and pop archives.
Societe Generale of France is to set up a London-based movie financing division in order to invest in new UK and European films.
Telewest Communications is negotiating a new deal with Flextech in which it will take a 50% share of revenues from a new package of Flextech TV channels, and will no longer be required to supply the channels to a minimum percentage of its cable subscribers.
Telewest Communications is to exercise its right to buy two cable TV franchises in London and Birmingham from Comcast for about £200m.
Carlton Communications is planning a £6m investment to expand production of DVD video discs at its Technicolor subsidiary in California.
Flextech is linking up with the BBC to develop a UKFM pop music TV channel.
NTL has made a £550m paper offer for General Cable, the cable TV operator.
The BBC has reached agreement with InfoRed to transmit World Service news in Mexico City, as part of a strategy to boost the audience for its Spanish and Portuguese language services.
The government is to open a cinema office in Los Angeles to attract US funding for the UK movie industry and to assist in the distribution of UK-made films.
Channel 5 is proposing that it offers its spare digital frequencies to other broadcasters, as it does not want to invest in two of the three channels it has been allocated.
The BBC has agreed a £338m deal with Discovery Communications to set up a cable TV channel called BBC America to show BBC programmes in the US, and other joint venture channels will be set up in other countries.
Trinity International is to continue to look out for acquisitions in local media following its failed attempt to buy United News & Media's regional newspaper titles.
Emap is moving into Malaysia and Singapore through a joint venture with Panpac Media which will incorporate two magazines from each of the companies.
Telewest Communications is in preliminary discussions with football authorities about the possibility of offering pay-per-view matches on cable TV.
GWR Group is acquiring a 90% stake in Radio Melody, the Austrian local radio station, for £3.2m.
Television Corporation, the TV production concern, is on the look-out for acquisitions of up to £50m, and wants to expand its rights business.
CLT-UFA, the European broadcasting consortium, is said to be planning to sell its UK radio activities, which include a majority stake in Talk Radio.
The UK's first national newspaper dedicated to sports is being launched on Sunday, under the Sports First name.
Media Business Group, the media buying agency, is in talks with an unnamed company that could lead to it being taken over.
Reed Elsevier has said it has over £2bn to spend on acquisitions and it is thought to be considering a bid for Matthew Bender, the US legal publisher.
British Digital Broadcasting is in discussions with S4C Digital Networks about co-operating on the launch of digital terrestrial TV, which could involve S4C programming being offered through the BDB service.
Aegis, the media buying agency, is actively looking for acquisitions in Asia despite the economic problems in the region, as part of a strategy to provide a total global service.
United News & Media has acquired a 33% stake in LineOne, the internet service and content provider set up by British Telecom and News International, for about £10m.
The Radio Authority has had 14 bids to operate the new commercial radio licence in the north-east of England, with applications coming from most of the major radio groups.
The BBC and Sky Sports are to pay a joint £8m for the UK rights to televise next year's cricket World Cup.
Scottish Media has £300m available for acquisitions in England, but is limited to small in-fill acquisitions in Scotland.
Cable & Wireless Communications has placed an order with Oracle for operating software for set-top boxes, which will enable it to offer internet access and video on demand when it launches its digital TV service in the autumn.
Littlewoods is linking up with Granada to launch a TV home shopping channel which will be available through British Digital Broadcasting's pay-TV package.
British Digital Broadcasting has named the six companies that will supply it with set top boxes for the launch of digital TV - Pace, Philips, Grundig, Nokia, Toshiba and Sony - and they will use a system that does not require the replacement of existing aerials and televisions.
Independent Newspapers is in discussions that could lead to it taking control of The Independent newspaper from its joint venture partner Mirror Group.
Metal Bulletin, the specialist publisher, is looking to make an acquisition for at least £30m, probably in the areas of shipping, energy or insurance.
Southern Newspapers is considering plans to move into magazine publishing by buying a range of specialist titles for about £6m.
Channel 4 has awarded a £17m a year contract to ITN for the production of Channel 4 News, thereby renewing a long-standing relationship.
Castle Transmission is to invest £100m in new equipment having won a 12-year contract to supply digital transmission services to the BBC.
A new company called Digital Broadcasting Company has been created to offer a pay-per-view movie service on digital satellite TV, and negotiations are taking place with producers and studios to gain non-exclusive rights.
Channel 5 has secured a change in its licence that will allow it to reduce the proportion of original programming hours from 58.9% to 52.7%.
Warwick University has opened a £250,000 TV studio, linked by fibre-optics to BT's national network, to make it easier for academics to make TV appearances.
General Cable is in discussions that could lead to an offer being made for the company.
BSkyB is planning to set up a new service called Sky Exclusives, which will involve transmitting new movies on satellite before they reach cinemas.
Scottish Media Group has sold its 18.2% stake in Ulster Television to CanWest of Canada for £24m, having failed to agree a deal to acquire the broadcaster.
LLP, publisher of the Lloyd's List shipping newspaper, is planning to join the stock market in spring with a valuation of about £100m, in order to reduce debt and fund expansion.
British Interactive Broadcasting is to adopt open technology standards for its home shopping services for digital TV which will be compatible with BSkyB's Open TV system and other operating systems.
BSkyB has threatened legal action against Carlton and Granada, the British Digital Broadcasting shareholders, if they choose a digital TV set-top box system that is not compatible with the one being used by BSkyB.
Cable & Wireless Communications is to invest £400m upgrading its telecoms network to enable it to keep up with demand and introduce digital TV and interactive services.
Emap is linking up with Granada to produce a pilot TV version of the Max Power car magazine, in anticipation of the Independent Television Commission's imminent review of the ban on transforming magazines into TV programmes.
Daily Mail & General Trust has bought Capital Radio's 30% stake in Essex Radio for £6.2m, which follows DMGT's recent £21m bid for the station.
Capital Radio is to bid for a new radio licence in the north-east of England with a proposal to set up a children's station called Fun Radio.
The Commercial Radio Companies Association is asking the government to allocate more frequencies to digital radio as it is feared that areas in the south-east, East Anglia and Northern Ireland will not be properly covered.
Pearson is said to be close to announcing the sale of Churchill Communications, the health communications company, for under £6m as part of a strategy to focus only on market-leading publishing businesses.
Johnston Press is to have its £52m purchase of Home Counties Newspapers referred to the Monopolies & Mergers Commission by the government, due to the dominant position it would achieve in some southern counties.
The government has begun a public consultation exercise on how to handle the conversion to digital TV, but has ruled out ending analogue broadcasts within five years.
Shandwick International, the public relations concern, is changing its name to International Public Relations and expects to make an announcement soon about discussions that are taking place with a number of potential business partners.
General Cable and Telewest Communications are said to be planning a merger to create the largest cable company in the UK, although any such move would depend on the outcome of negotiations over the restructuring of shareholdings in Telewest.
BSkyB has bought a 49% stake in Music Choice Europe which will enable it to offer up to 60 music channels on digital TV.
Channel 4 is to expand its distribution business from 10 movies a year to 16 as a first step in becoming a miniature movie studio.
Pearson has sold its 6.3% stake in Societe Europeene des Satellites, the owner of the Astra system, to a European investor for £160m.
Parallel Pictures, the film and TV company, is planning a flotation on Aim next month, which would value the company at about £4m.
Pearson is said to be considering plans to make a bid for Simon & Schuster, the US educational publisher, in order to combine it with its Addison Wesley Longman business.
Emap Radio is said to be discussing the acquisition of Melody Radio from Hanson, but any such deal would probably come under close scrutiny from regulators as Emap already owns a London radio station.
Border Television has won a licence to set up a new radio station called Boss FM in north-west England.
Flextech is discussing the creation of a UK interactive TV alliance with Microsoft, which would enable it to compete with BSkyB.
The Media Business Group, the media buying agency, is looking to acquire a market research company for about £10m in order to expand the range of services offered.
Tele-Cine Cell, the post-production facilities company, has received a takeover approach from an unnamed company that could result in a formal offer.
On Demand Information has had its shares suspended as talks progress on the sale of its electronic publishing and digital production businesses.
Freepages is linking up with VNU to launch its Scoot freephone telephone directory service in Belgium.
GGT, the advertising agency, has agreed to a £141m takeover offer from Omnicom of the US, following a collapse in its share price that was caused by the loss of the Procter & Gamble account in the US.
Capital Radio is to challenge a recent Monopolies & Mergers Commission report that said its bid for Virgin Radio could not have gone ahead without disposing of its AM licence.
US West is said to be preparing to increase its stake in Telewest from 27% to about 50%, which would probably result in a full takeover within 12 months.
Telewest is blaming BSkyB's price increases for a fall in the number of people renewing their subscriptions to cable TV, and is now planning to launch a low-cost television and TV package as well as a separate channel with programmes supplied by Flextech.
Hurst Publishing has invited bids for its Auto Trader group of newspapers, which could be worth around £200m, and if a sale goes through the chairman could use the money to invest in Reading Football Club.
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.
The BBC is working on the development of a video-on-demand system that will allow digital TV subscribers to view any programme in its archives at any time.
Administrators are looking for a quick sale for First Information, the multimedia company that failed with debts of £2m.
Adscene, the regional newspaper publisher, has received a number of takeover approaches but they have been rejected due to the price not being high enough.
Chrysalis, as part of a consortium that includes Endeavour Productions and Force Corporation, has acquired South Pacific Pictures, the New Zealand TV production company.
BSkyB is undergoing a European Commission investigation into the way it supplies programmes to the cable industry, following a complaint from General Cable about the pricing for sport and movie channels.
Pearson is considering plans to sell its Future Publishing consumer magazines division, which could be worth up to £150m and is likely to attract interest from Time Warner and Emap.
Mirror Group is planning to expand production at its newly-named MirrorTel TV division in order to build up general programming alongside its Live TV channel.
Chrysalis, Emap, Scottish Radio and GWR are thought to be the only remaining bidders still in the running to acquire Melody Radio from Hanson, following the withdrawal of Capital Radio and NRJ of France.
GWR has created a digital division tasked with arranging a consortium to bid for a national digital radio broadcasting licence in the spring.
The government is considering plans to lift the ban that prevents British Telecom from broadcasting TV programmes on its phone network from 2000, a year earlier than expected.
HIT Entertainment has acquired the worldwide distribution rights for cartoons of Bozo the Clown and Laurel & Hardy for about $0.5m.
Telewest has announced the national launch of its Millennium starter package, which includes a phone line and up to 23 basic TV channels for £12.99.
Shandwick International, the public relations company, is in discussions with US investors about a possible takeover.
Capital Radio is to seek guidance from the Monopolies Commission over whether it can bid for another London radio station, following the release of the Commission's report into Capital's aborted bid for Virgin Radio.
BSkyB is linking up with Mentorn Barraclough Carey, the programme production company, to bid for the contract to make Channel Four News.
BSkyB has announced it is on track to launch a digital TV service in the second quarter of the year, despite talk of a shortage of set-top boxes.
BSkyB may have to provide temporary finance to get manufacturers of digital TV set-top boxes to start production, as the manufacturers are reluctant to risk such investment until regulatory clearance is given to the British Interactive Broadcasting consortium.
A number of cable companies including Cable & Wireless Communications, Telewest and NTL are in discussions with At Home Network of the US to set up a new service offering high-speed internet access over cable TV networks.
Webmedia, the independent web site developer, has gone into liquidation due to competition from large companies and small low-cost organisations.
United News & Media expects to complete the sale of United Provincial Newspapers next month, with Trinity International preparing a bid for the north of England titles and Southnews and Newsquest bidding for the free newspapers in London.
British Digital Broadcasting is planning to spend over £550m on the marketing of its digital TV service over the next 12 years, which will include subsidies to enable the set-top boxes to be sold for under £200.
United News & Media is to shed 35 jobs at the Express newspapers due to the introduction of the Quark Publishing System.
British Interactive Broadcasting is in negotiations with 40 retailers, banks, travel and other companies to offer products via home shopping when it launches on BSkyB later this year, and may also offer cheaper products from the US.
The Independent Television Commission has ruled that cable companies should be allowed to block promotions for BSkyB pay-per-view movies if they are not being offered to their subscribers.