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International Call Management, the supplier of telemarketing services, is setting up a new head office in Cirencester, and will also retain its existing offices in Swindon.

VNU is to acquire ACNielsen, the US marketing and media information company, for £1.5bn.

WPP has acquired Premiere Group Holdings, the sports marketing consultancy, for undisclosed terms.

Carlton Communications has sold its Technicolor video and film processing business to Thomson Multimedia of France, in a £1.4bn deal that will also give Carlton a 5.5% stake in Thomson.

VFG is to set up a national network of local TV stations having secured the rights to 36 local TV licences through its Local Broadcasting Group subsidiary.

MEPC has submitted plans to set up a £500m film and media business park at Leavesden Park near Watford.

United News & Media is to invest £20m in the Creative Planet online trading exchange for the US film and TV industry.

The BBC has shortlisted seven architects to build a new £30m BBC Scotland headquarters at Pacific Quay in Glasgow, while Channel 4 has announced plans to relocate its Glasgow office to the site by 2005.

Experian has announced plans to create a further 1,000 jobs at its information services business in Nottingham over the next three years.

Sportal is forming an alliance with Fox Kids Europe to develop a new internet sports service for children.

Telewest is to expand the Liverpool-based technical support centre for its high-speed internet service, with the creation of 70 new jobs.

Associated Newspapers is terminating a newspaper distribution contract with WH Smith News, in protest against Smith's plan to set up a national distribution network for Tesco and Safeway.

Cordiant Communications is to acquire 80% of InterCom Management, the German marketing consultancy, for up to £23m.

Ulster Television is to acquire County Media, the Irish radio broadcaster based in Cork, for £23m.

TheWebShed is to move its web site design business to larger premises in Liverpool in December, and hopes to create 50 new jobs in the next two years.

Datamonitor, the market research consultancy, is planning to raise £28m in a flotation this month, in order to fund expansion into the US and Asia.

Square Mile, the financial public relations firm, is to be acquired by BSMG Worldwide of the US for undisclosed terms.

United News & Media is to sell Express Newspapers to Northern & Shell, in a £125m deal that includes the Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star and a share in the Westferry joint venture.

Guardian Media Group has acquired TNT and Southern Cross, the free magazines for expatriates, for £40m, in order to expand its Trader Media joint venture with BC Partners.

Just Group has acquired MediaKey, the publishing company, for £7.3m, and has also announced plans to raise £14m in a share placing in order to fund the expansion of its US business.

National Archives of Scotland is planning a £9.4m redevelopment of its Edinburgh headquarters.

EMI is to conduct merger talks with Bertelsmann of Germany, which could lead to the creation of the world's largest music group.

Chime Communications has expanded its advertising and public relations business with the acquisition of three agencies - Roose Holdings for £14m, Quentin Bell Organisation for £8.4m and Girardot Partners for £2.1m.

Capital Radio is looking to expand into continental Europe by setting up alliances with radio companies in a number of unspecified countries.

Wireless Group is planning to move into TV programme making by setting up a joint venture with 3BMTV to produce sports documentaries.

Carrick Council is to consider plans from South West Film Studios for the development of a £5m film and TV studio at St Agnes in Cornwall.

Media Content is forming an alliance with Sportel to develop an online marketplace for sports programming rights.

Leagas Delaney, the advertising agency, is being acquired by Envoy Communications of Canada for up to £59m.

AFM Lighting has secured £6m of venture capital to fund the acquisition of Mr Lighting of London, in order to become a leading supplier of broadcast media facilities.

Incepta has acquired Hudson Technology, the US technology consultancy, for £17m.

Telewest has acquired Eurobell, the supplier of cable TV in the south of England, from Deutsche Telekom for up to £280m.

Nuffield Press of Abingdon has undergone a management buy-out, with HSBC Ventures providing finance of £0.9m.

Television Corporation is to acquire Offshore Sport Promotion, the owner of TV and commercial rights to the world offshore powerboat championships, for up to £15m.

Orange Music is planning to set up a network of music download booths in high-street shops, which will enable customers to transfer tracks to their MP3 players.

Sportsworld Media is to sell its outdoor advertising operations in Australia to Eye Corp for £29m.

Reed Elsevier is linking up with Thomson Corporation of Canada to acquire Harcourt General, the US publisher of text books, for £3.1bn, and the assets will be shared out between the two companies.

Trinity Mirror is to acquire Southnews for £285m, in order to strengthen its position in the regional newspaper market in the south of England.

Friday Ad is to set up a call centre for its publishing business in Milford Haven, with the creation of 50 jobs.

Shop America is planning to set up an international call centre for its shopping TV channel in Yorkshire with the creation of 300 jobs, and is seeking suitable sites.

Carlton Communications is to acquire HTV, the Welsh ITV franchise, from Granada Media, in exchange for £181m and Carlton's 20% stake in the Meridian licence.

Telewest is forming a joint venture with the Atomic Tangerine subsidiary of the Stanford Research Institute to develop interactive TV services for broadcasters, retailers and advertisers.

The BBC is considering plans to open up some of its buildings for public access and to move its regional radio sites into city centres.
23-Oct-2000 has acquired Wildgoose Publications, the processor of aerial photographs, for £0.7m.

Wilmington is looking to spend up to £50m on acquisitions to expand its specialist media and electronic information business.

Wireless Group is to acquire the remaining 75% of Wave FM, the Southampton-based radio station, for £21m.

Granada Media is forming a joint venture with Boots to set up a health and beauty digital TV channel and e-commerce business, and the two companies will invest £18m in the first year.

BSkyB has won government permission to acquire full control of British Interactive Broadcasting, the operator of the Open interactive TV service.

ITE Group has received a £30m investment from VS&A Communications Partners of the US, which will be used to reduce debt and expand its trade exhibitions business through acquisition.

Angus Council is seeking organisations that may be interested in setting up a digital media centre in Brechin, in order to provide a range of media facilities and training to the public, students and businesses.

Capital Incentives, the Chester-based staff motivation company, has undergone a £9m management buy-out, and plans to create 75 jobs over the next three years.

Online Classics is acquiring Iambic Productions, the independent TV producer, for £5m, and is raising £7.4m in a share placing.

EMI and Warner Music are looking to dispose of a series of assets in order to gain approval to merge, after the European Commission indicated that their proposed £13bn merger would be blocked.

Carlton Communications is planning to acquire Andre Deutsch, the publisher of sports and TV books, from VCI for less than £5m.

Technicolor is to acquire Groupe Covitec, the Canadian supplier of technical services to the film and TV industries, for £27m.

MM Group, the direct marketing company, is to create 295 jobs in North Down over the next three years, in a £4m investment that will provide a virtual communications centre to link its existing operations in Bristol to Bangor.

Music Choice Europe has raised £46m in a flotation to fund the development of its digital audio broadcasting business on the internet and interactive TV.

UBC Media is planning to acquire Classic Gold, the radio company, from GWR for £2.1m.

TV Travel Shop is forming a joint venture with TUI Group of Germany, as part of a strategy to expand its TV holidays business across Europe.

Mice Group is looking to spend up to £20m on acquisitions to expand its promotions and exhibitions business, and will open its first US office in San Francisco next month.

Incepta is to acquire Su Yeang Design, Orange Design and Ebrand Communications of Singapore for up to £13m.

Tempus has acquired Fusion 5, the US marketing consultancy, for about £4m, and an 80% stake in Interactive Creative Marketing of Japan for £2.3m.

Taylor Nelson Sofres is seeking further acquisitions to expand its market research business, and is particularly interested in IT, health and vehicles.

Future Network is planning to invest £33m in the launch of more than 30 magazine titles this year.

Granada Media is acquiring a 5% stake in Arsenal for £47m, and will invest a further £30m if the football club can secure planning permission for a new £150m stadium.

Television Corporation is to exercise an option to buy the remaining 50% of Mentorn, the independent TV production company, for up to £22m.

Emap is bidding to acquire Times Mirror Magazines from Tribune in order to expand its US publishing business, but is facing competition from a number of other bidders.

Hollinger is planning a £10m relaunch for the Electronic Telegraph newspaper, with the creation of a network of sites covering areas such as jobs and travel.

Brunswick has acquired SRU, the corporate research consultancy, for undisclosed terms.

Linguaphone has acquired two interactive learning companies - CD Live and Interactive Language Teaching - and received a £2.8m investment from ProVen Private Equity and Quester.

Ambient has announced plans for the £85m flotation of its WMRC e-commerce division in September, in order to raise £19m to develop new services.

Emap is selling 25 German and Swiss business magazines to Bertelsmann for £14m, and the proceeds will support new investment and reduce debt.

Saville Audio Visual has acquired Studio 45 of Coventry out of receivership, in order to expand its audio-visual equipment sales and hire business in the Midlands.

Liverpool City Council has approved plans for the development of a film production and training studio in Dingle, which will be run by a new company called the Liverpool Film Academy.

RMR is planning to set up a US office in Austin, Texas, this month, in order to further the expansion of its online conference and exhibition business.

Candover is considering a number of bids for Shepperton Studios, including one from Pinewood that would result in the creation of a £120m movie production business.

Warman & Bannister is planning to relocate its 40 public relations staff from Meadowcroft to a larger site in the Cambridge area.

Guardian Media Group has sold its remaining TV businesses to Endemol, its joint venture partner, for £26m, and the proceeds will be invested in radio, regional newspapers and the internet.

Burnham International, the distributor of company annual reports, is being acquired by Barclays Private Equity in a £6m deal, and the business will be merged with Tecmail to create one of the country's largest independent mailing groups.

Marketing Management Services International is planning to set up new research offices across the UK, Europe, America and the Middle East, with the creation of 740 jobs.

John Wiley & Sons, the publishing company, is planning to build a £9m office complex in Chichester, and up to 400 staff will be relocated from other sites by 2002.

WPP has acquired a 4% stake in Inferentia, the Italian e-business consultancy, for £5m, as part of a strategy to develop its new media operations.

Pearson is to acquire National Computer Systems, the US educational services group, in a £1.7bn deal being funded by a rights issue.

Timothy Benn Publishing is to merge with City Financial Communications to create a combined financial publications group called City Financial Media.

Granada Media is to acquire the broadcast, programme production and international distribution business of United News & Media, in a £1.75bn deal that includes the Meridian, Anglia and HTV franchises.

Incepta is to acquire DVL Smith Group, the strategic research company, for up to £7.5m.

Daily Mail & General Trust has acquired Forum Verlagsgruppe, the German education and recruitment publisher, for £18m.

Incepta has acquired Cunningham Communications, the US agency that focuses on technology, for £49m.

Granada Media is investing £20m in a joint venture with Liverpool Football Club to develop an online platform to broadcast delayed coverage of live matches, and the new company will be called Liverpool FC Broadband.

United News & Media is to sell Miller Freeman Europe, the operator of more than 100 trade shows, to Reed Elsevier for £360m.

Daily Mail & General Trust has acquired Trade Exhibitions, which includes ten of Australia's leading consumer and trade shows, for undisclosed terms.

On Digital is seeking 1,100 staff for a new call centre in Pembroke and a further 400 to add to its Plymouth call centre, in order to strengthen its customer services operation ahead of its internet TV launch.

Ashley Public Relations is seeking permission to set up a £5m film and TV studio near Liskeard in Cornwall.

Red Dragon Radio is to relocate its Cardiff-based radio station to a larger site in Atlantic Wharf in November.

United News & Media is to sell Miller Freeman USA to VNU for £433m, but is still looking for a buyer for Miller Freeman's European business titles.

Carlton Communications has sold its Quantel image processing equipment business to management for £51m.

Two Four Productions is to develop a new web-based TV service from its site in Plymouth with the creation of up to 70 jobs, allowing its corporate clients to include real-time and interactive images in their web presentations.

Fourth Estate, the independent publishing house, has been acquired by HarperCollins for undisclosed terms, and its 36 London-based staff will move to new offices.

P&O has sold Quantum Publishing to a management buy-out for £20m, and the business will be renamed Quantum Business Group.

News International is to set up an administration headquarters at a 30,000 sq ft office being built in Chandlers Ford near Southampton.

Pearson has acquired The Forum Corporation, the US management training company, for £60m, in order to expand its FT Knowledge subsidiary and develop a global education business.

Orange has acquired Ananova, the Press Association's new media division, for £95m, leaving PA to focus on the wholesale supply of news and information.

Cordiant Communications is acquiring Lighthouse Global Network of the US for £259m, in order to expand its marketing services business.

Cordiant Communications is to acquire Domino White & Partners, the US marketing agency, for up to £20m.

Advanced Alchemy Group is looking to recruit a further 50 researchers and operations staff, following the recent move of its marketing research and consultancy business to Oxford.

Solsoft, the Bristol-based developer of web sites, is looking to recruit a further 160 staff this year, and will soon need to move out of its Clifton premises and into larger offices near Temple Quay.

Pearson is forming a joint venture with Pacific Century Cyber Works to develop interactive education channels for Asian TV and online networks.

Pearson is acquiring an 87% stake in Family Education Network, the US online education company, for £85m.

United News & Media is negotiating the formation of alliances with mobile phone operators in order to expand its internet-related businesses into the mobile data market.

Regional Independent Media, the newspaper group, is facing the prospect of a takeover approach from Gannett, as the US owner of Newsquest has asked the Department of Trade & Industry for permission to make a bid.

Highbury House Communications has acquired the publishing operations of Columbus for £59m, while Columbus's dating business will be demerged into a separate company prior to a listing on Aim.

Scottish Radio Holdings has acquired KPH, the Irish publisher of weekly newspapers, for £23m.

Mice Group is expanding its conferences business with the acquisition of City Conference Services for £2.5m.

Saatchi & Saatchi is to be acquired by Publicis of France for £1.2bn, creating the world's fifth largest advertising agency.

Scottish Radio Holdings has acquired Title Media, the publisher of the Ireland on Sunday newspaper, for £6m.

Pearson is to acquire Talkback Productions, the independent television production company, for £62m.

Daily Mail & General Trust is to sell its radio assets to GWR for £146m, and the two companies plan to form a closer partnership in their print, internet and radio businesses.

Scoot has acquired Loot, the free-ads newspaper, for £190m, in order to attract more readers to its online and interactive TV services.

Experian is planning to build a new £10m e-commerce centre in Nottingham, and expects to create up to 1,000 jobs in the city over the next three years.

Incepta has acquired Milan-based Financial Communications and Financial Net for up to £5m, in order to develop an integrated communications and marketing group in Italy.

TV Travel Shop is considering plans for a flotation in order to fund the expansion of its cable and satellite channel into other European markets.

United News & Media is planning to invest £120m in its Miller Freeman online publishing operations over the next two years.

ITN is being considered for flotation by its five parent media companies, which would give it more freedom to develop news services for TV, radio and digital channels.

Granada has acquired NFER-Nelson, the provider of test and assessment products, for £20m, in order to expand its Granada Learning online education business.

SR Communications is to create 150 jobs in Leicester, having opened a new direct marketing, print management and storage office at the Meridian Business Park.

Emap is planning to launch two cable TV channels, and has also announced a joint venture with Channel 4 to develop web-based services for teenagers.

IPC is planning to expand its internet business by launching new web sites for its home decoration and country living magazines.

Corpdata, the Teignmouth-based market research company, is planning to expand its staff from 70 to 130 over the next two years, and is seeking new premises in the town.

Bloomsbury has acquired A&C Black for £16m, in order to expand its catalogue of reference books in both print and electronic form.

Reed Elsevier is to sell Springhouse Corporation, the supplier of information and services to the US nursing market, to Dutch publisher Wolters Kluwer.

Carlton Communications has acquired Screenvision for £63m, in order to move into the US cinema advertising market.

Scottish Radio Holdings is looking to spend up to £150m on acquisitions, in order to expand its core businesses of radio, outdoor advertising and newspapers.

Telewest is planning to expand its cable TV business beyond its network areas by offering services that use wireless technology and DSL telephone lines.

Tequila Manchester is to merge with BDH to create a combined £10m direct marketing group, and 27 staff will be brought together at new offices in Didsbury.

Incepta is to acquire JKD Communications, the online media design company, for up to £10m.

TMA Global, the Plymouth-based marketing strategy company, is planning to open a branch office in New York.

Highbury House Communications has acquired Security Publications, the publisher of consumer magazines, for £5m.

QXL is to acquire, the German online auction company, in a £627m deal that will create a new group called QXL ricardo.

WPP has agreed a £2.8bn merger with Young & Rubicam of New York, which will create the largest advertising group in the world.

Carlton Communications is looking to sell its Technicolor film processing business, in order to raise £1.5bn to invest in its TV and online operations.

Johnston Press has bought the Lincoln Standard Group and Four Counties Newspapers from Southnews for £16m.

Scoot is linking up with Cambridge Positioning Systems to develop location-based mobile internet services, which could for example be used to book a nearby restaurant and then receive a map showing how to get there.

Chrysalis, the music and media group, has announced plans to invest £15m in its new internet and digital radio operations.

BSkyB has acquired Sports Internet for £300m, in order to expand its online sports business with new content and e-commerce potential.

United News & Media is to sell its UAP consumer magazines business in the US to Trader Publishing for £338m, and the proceeds will be used to reduce debt and invest in its new media strategy.

Reuters is to acquire The Yankee Group, the US e-business research company, for £47m.

Static 2358 is planning to raise up to £50m in a flotation in order to finance the international expansion of its interactive digital TV business.

Newsquest is to acquire News Communications & Media for £444m, in order to create a combined regional newspaper publishing group with 286 titles.

Tarsus, the exhibitions and publishing company, is to acquire Paris-based Groupe MM for up to £14m.

Elateral has raised £9m of venture capital funding in order to develop its internet-based marketing consultancy, and is planning to float early next year.

Metal Bulletin has acquired Atalink, the publisher of annual titles for trade associations, for £13m.

Ingenta has announced the reverse takeover of Aim-listed investment vehicle Delyn, and will raise £3m in a share placing in order to fund the expansion of its online academic research business.

Confetti Network has acquired, the German online wedding business, for undisclosed terms, as part of a strategy to expand across Europe.

Tactica Solutions, the Norwich-based document management company, has undergone a £60m management buy-out, and the 365-strong workforce will be expanded.

Sportsworld Media has acquired Sports & Outdoor Media International, the Australian sports advertising company, for £50m.

Incepta is acquiring Sard Verbinnen, the New York-based public relations agency, for £36m, in order to expand its financial communications capabilities on the US.

Capital Radio has announced an agreed takeover offer for Border Television, in a deal that values the Carlisle-based media company at about £146m.

Filmgroup is planning a flotation with an expected value of up to £300m, in order to raise funds for the development of an internet-based video on demand service.

The BBC is looking for a company to form a joint venture to manage its property portfolio, which is expected to lead to an expansion of its properties around the Television Centre in London.

Scottish Media Group is to set up a holding company to highlight its four main activities - TV, radio, publishing and outdoor advertising - and has also announced plans to drop the word "Scottish" from its name.

Incepta is acquiring Smarts Advertising & Design, the Scottish advertising agency, for £2.5m.

Digital Animations is raising £12m in a share placing to fund the development of virtual character technologies for TV, video and the internet.

Cambridge University is linking up with the British Library, the London School of Economics and three US institutions to invest £50m in the creation of a web-based global public library called

Pearson is launching a £311m takeover bid for Dorling Kindersley, and aims to combine the business with its Penguin book publishing division.

Sanctuary is to acquire Castle Music, owner of the rights to 45,000 songs, from Rutland Trust for £46m.

BSkyB is considering plans to develop online and TV betting services in partnership with Ladbroke.

London & Edinburgh Publishing is planning to acquire Profile Pursuit, the publisher of corporate magazines, for up to £21m.

Zone Vision, the London-based broadcaster of thematic TV channels, is planning to raise more than £20m in a flotation on Nasdaq in order to fund its expansion across Europe.

MetroMail, the direct mailing house, is to invest £5m at a new factory on the Whitehouse Industrial Park in Peterlee, with the creation of about 30 jobs.

QXL is acquiring Bidlet, the Scandinavian online auction business, for £313m, and is now expected to seek partnerships in France and Germany.

DC Thomson has acquired Parragon, the non-fiction book publisher, for £100m, as part of a strategy to expand its comics business into more mainstream publishing.

Scoot, the telephone and internet directory service, is setting up a 44,000 sq ft office in Uxbridge.

Dialog is to sell its core information services division to Thomson Corporation of Canada for £174m, in order to focus on its technology assets under the new name of Bright Station.

Future Network is to invest £25m in internet development and US magazine launches this year.

Chime Communications has acquired three companies for a total £20m - Harvard Public Relations, Insight Public Relations and Brass Tacks Publishing.

United News & Media has sold the food and retail exhibitions business of Miller Freeman to William Reed for about £5m.

Trinity Mirror has sold the Belfast Telegraph to Independent News & Media for £300m, and has also announced plans to invest £150m in the development of its internet operations.

Emap is to invest £250m in its internet activities over the next three years, in order to increase revenues from its 42 web sites.
17-Mar-2000 is acquiring Rejsegalleriet of Denmark and Reisbureau Nova of the Netherlands for £1.6m, in order to expand its sports travel agency business.

Britt Allcroft has acquired Media Merchants, the producer of children's TV programmes, for £14m.

IMS has announced plans to demerge its football news service, raising funds to expand its European operations and to extend coverage to other sports.

Enic is planning to float Paradigm Media on Aim in order to raise £20m and finance the expansion of its sports and media investment business.

MORI, the polling organisation, has undergone a £32m management buy-out with the backing of 3i, and is planning to grow internationally.

Stratus Holdings, the book publisher, is planning to raise £5m in a flotation on Aim, in order to expand its printing capacity and set up a London sales office.

Taylor Nelson Sofres is to acquire Competitive Media Reporting, the US advertising tracking service, for £56m.

Highland Council is to consider plans from Robertson Group of Elgin for the construction of a £10m movie studio in Inverness, as part of a £100m project that would also include housing and a hotel.

NTL is to create 500 new jobs at its call centres in south Wales, following the announcement of plans to launch a new service providing free internet access.

Pearson is forming an alliance with AOL to develop an internet-based education network, and has also announced the acquisition of minority stakes in a number of online educational companies.
07-Mar-2000, the Ipswich-based digital mapping company, is considering plans for a £250m flotation in order to fund the development of its database of world place names.

Carlton Communications is to expand its Technicolor division through the £31m acquisition of Consolidated Film Industries, the US processor of large film formats for the movie industry.

BSkyB has acquired a 9.9% stake in Chelsea, in a £40m deal that will also see the development of a joint venture internet portal for the football club.

Telewest is forming an alliance with Andersen Consulting to develop new technology for video-on-demand and interactive TV.

News International has sold its internet service provider to World Online for undisclosed terms, in order to focus its internet operations on e-commerce and online content.

United News & Media is to sell its Visual Communications stock photography business to Getty Images of the US for £137m.

United News & Media has announced plans to invest £370m in the internet over the next three years, and will bring its European internet operations together into a single new division.

Southnews is acquiring Adscene, the regional publisher of free newspapers, for £52m.

Reed Elsevier is planning to invest £750m in its online businesses over the next three years, and is also launching a £250m cost-cutting campaign.
24-Feb-2000 is to acquire Computec Media, the German publisher of computer magazines, for £48m.

Rank has sold Pinewood Studios to a consortium backed by 3i for £62m, which could be followed by the sale of its remaining film-related activities.

Rank has acquired a digital disk duplication business from Pioneer North America for £11m, and will spend £6m expanding the facility.

Wilmington is to raise £28m in a share placing in order to reduce debt and expand its specialist publishing business through acquisition.

ITE Group is to acquire the E-Business exhibition from Redman Media for up to £10m.

GWR is to set up a £6m internet business called Ecast Ventures, which will include a network of local web sites and a radio entertainment portal.

Photobition is planning a US share listing, as part of a strategy to double its sales of display graphics in the US within a year.

Perth & Kinross Council is to consider plans from the Scottish Film Studio Partnership for the development of a £225m commercial film studio next to the Gleneagles golf course in Perthshire.

BSkyB has announced plans to invest £250m over the next 18 months on the development of its internet business, by putting more content on computers and mobile handsets.

NTL is to set up a customer management centre in Waterford with the creation of 250 jobs, having recently acquired Dublin cable provider Cablelink.

Granada has bought a 9.1% stake in Australia's Seven Network for £56m, and has also set up a joint venture TV production company with Seven.

WPP Group has acquired Rada Recruitment Communications through its J Walter Thompson Specialised Communications division, for undisclosed terms.

Reuters is planning to invest £500m in its internet operations over the next four years, and has announced a joint venture with Aether of the US to distribute its services to mobile handsets.

Westminster Scaffolding is to acquire MotionPoster in a £15m reverse takeover, in order to market electronic moving-picture advertising space in train tunnels.

Independent News & Media is setting up a new office at the Lothbury Building in London's Docklands, in order to house 150 staff.

365 Corporation is acquiring Datanet Holdings, the developer of sports-based web sites, in a £31m deal.

Eurobell is to set up a new customer call centre for its cable TV business in Exeter in June, with the creation of 150 jobs.

BBC Worldwide is forming a £62m joint venture with merchant bank Veronis Suhler to build a new publishing-based consumer media company in the US.

Tarsus is acquiring internet portal Martex Communications for £16m, in order to gain access to a delivery system for its online magazines.

Highbury House Communications is acquiring Nexus Media Communications for £39m, in order to expand its database marketing, internet and event organising operations.

PPM Ventures has acquired Document Management Services, the former Stationery Office subsidiary, for £38m.

Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council is considering plans from Avanti Television to set up a £1.3m TV recording studio and national media centre at the Welsh Hill Works at Porth.

Pearson has raised £250m in a share placing, in order to fund the expansion of its internet operations over the next two years.

EMI is planning a £12bn merger with Time Warner, in order to create the largest music group in the world.

Dennis Publishing is to relocate its London headquarters to a 38,000 sq ft facility in Cleveland Street.

Chrysalis is planning to build alliances with new media companies and internet start-ups, in order to develop new outlets for its radio and TV content.

Arthur Shaw is acquiring Belgravia Internet Productions for an initial £2.3m, in order to produce broadcasts for transmission over the internet.
19-Jan-2000 has secured £100m of new funding from Vivendi of France, in order to expand its telephone and internet directory service.

Scottish Media Group is to acquire Ginger Media Group for £225m, in order to build up its radio and TV activities.

Independent News & Media is to acquire Internet Ireland, the internet service provider, for undisclosed terms.

QXL has acquired Jubii Auktion, the Danish online auction business, in a £6.6m deal.

Geo Interactive Media is planning to raise £196m in a share issue, in order to fund the expansion of its international multimedia business through acquisition.