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Media - 2001






















Spark Response is planning to create up to 300 new jobs at its call centre operations on Tyneside, and a new unit will open at Doxford Park in Sunderland next month.

Incepta has acquired Global Intelligence & Security, the US business intelligence company, for £2.4m.

Eagle Rock Entertainment, the music and media company, has undergone a £34m management buy-out from Edel Music of Germany.

Maiden Group is to acquire Checkmain, the London-based outdoor advertising company that trades as Felgate Billposting and has about 100 staff.

Channel Television, the ITV franchise for the Channel Islands, has been acquired by Iliffe News & Media for about £20m.

Storyland is looking to set up an animation studio in Dundee at some stage in the future.

Highland Council has received plans from Tulloch for the development of a £15m Vincero Productions film studio and visitor centre near Inverness, and work is due to start in March.

WPP has acquired Berlin Cameron & Partners, the US advertising agency with 40 staff, in order to expand its Red Cell global network.

The BBC may be required to spend up to £100m upgrading its transmitter networks, under government proposals to speed up the development of digital TV.

Beattie Media is planning to expand its network of nine public relations offices with new locations in Manchester and the US.

Mentorn is to set up a TV production office in Glasgow with the creation of at least 15 jobs.

Taylor & Francis has acquired Curzon Press of London for £1.4m, in order to expand its academic book publishing business.

Johnston Press has acquired Days Out UK, the travel database and guidebook publishing company.

Oxford Metrics, the supplier of special effects systems for use in films, is planning to increase its workforce from 70 to 100 next year and is seeking larger premises in the Oxford area.

Scottish Media Group has acquired Town & District Posters, the outdoor advertising company, for £0.4m, in order to expand its Primesight business.

Sports Resource Group is to acquire Sports Media Consultancy, the provider of sports branding and event marketing services, for £0.1m.

DDD Group is planning to raise £10m in a flotation on Aim to fund the development of 3D imaging technology for television.

The BBC has submitted plans for the £400m redevelopment of Broadcasting House in London, in order to provide accommodation for BBC Radio & Music, BBC News and BBC World Services, and space for 5,000 staff.

PrimeEnt has sold its Portman Entertainment film and TV production business to a management buy-out for £1.2m.

WPP is to acquire Global Sportnet Beteiligungs, the German sports marketing agency with 16 staff.

CSS Stellar has acquired The Peters Fraser & Dunlop Group, the London-based talent agency, for up to £22m.

Guardian Media Group is to relocate the Edinburgh office of its ScotFM radio station from Leith to a 37,000 sq ft premises at the Baillieston business park.

Highbury House Communications has acquired Millennium Magazines, the publisher of the Satellite TV Europe programme guide, for up to £1.5m.

Intasport is planning to recruit 15 additional telesales staff at its new football marketing office at Meir in Staffordshire over the next three months.

Pearson is investing £3.4m in a joint venture with CTV Media to provide English language training programmes in China, in preparation for the 2008 Olympics.

WPP has acquired Penn Schoen & Berland, the US strategic research and polling consultancy with 81 staff.

Podia is to acquire Event Vision Companies, the London-based organiser of corporate entertainment, for an initial £2m.

Consignia and Opus Trust are forming a Leicester-based joint venture called Optecon, in order to provide direct mail and billing services with a workforce of 120.

Scottish Radio Holdings has agreed to acquire the remaining 76% of Radio Ireland, the owner of the Today FM radio station, for £36m.

Incepta has acquired Hauck Research Services, the marketing consultancy with 90 staff, for an initial £4m.

Creston has acquired Real Adventure Marketing Communications, the Bath-based marketing services company, for £7.2m.

Taylor Nelson Sofres is to acquire Theatrical Entertainment Services and sister company RapidChek Reporting, the US supplier of cinema tracking services, for £26m.

Entertainment Rights has acquired Woodland Animations for £5.1m, in order to gain the rights to Postman Pat and other children's characters.

Peebles Publishing, the Glasgow-based publisher of trade journals with 45 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, and will be renamed Peebles Media.

Scottish Radio Holdings is to acquire Southampton-based radio station Wave 105 from the Wireless Group for £18m, and is also paying £1m for a 25% stake in Fife-based Kingdom FM.

Galleon Group, the graphics design and interactive media business, is to carry out a reverse takeover of Andaman Resources in a £13m deal that will give it a listing on Aim.

Sportal, the sports internet company, has been acquired by UKbetting for £0.2m, and the remaining 60 UK-based staff will be made redundant.

Distraction Formats, the Canadian media production company, is to relocate its global sales headquarters from Paris to London after securing a capital injection of £0.9m.

VFG, the TV and film industry distributor, has sold its sales and manufacturing operations to management for £4.1m.

John Menzies is to acquire the Sheffield and Guildford news wholesaling operations of Turners News for a reported £15m.

Highbury House Communications has acquired Property Mart Magazine, the publisher of magazines in the East London and West Essex areas, for up to £5m.

HIT Entertainment is to expand its children's media rights business with the acquisition of the Pingu animated penguin for £16m.

Electric Word has acquired the schools management publishing business of The Stationery Office for a nominal sum.

Sanctuary has acquired the Black Box Music classical and jazz record label for £0.3m.

Ten Alps Communications is to acquire Pacesetter Holdings, the London-based events organiser, for up to £2m.

Reed Elsevier is investing £17m in a strategic partnership with Riverdeep of Ireland to develop interactive learning products for children.

Teamtalk Media is to acquire 80% of Radio Tara, the operator of the Atlantic 252 radio station, from RTL for £2m.

Einstein has sold its TeN professional training business for £0.8m, in order to boost its cash position.

Digital Animations is to acquire Black Graphic Design for £0.5m, in order to expand its internet and interactive TV design business.

Music Copyright Solutions is raising £2m in a share offer to fund the expansion of its music royalties collection system and the acquisition of the Leosong catalogue.

News International is planning to relocate its central Peterborough facility to a 40,000 sq ft office at Cygnet Park.

Chime Communications has acquired MMK Markt, the German consumer and corporate public relations business, for an initial £1.8m.

Taylor Nelson Sofres is to acquire Sponsorship Information Services, the supplier of intelligence on sponsored events with 36 staff.

Access Partnership, the publisher of safety documents for schools, is to create 50 jobs at a new call centre in Hanley this month.

Sports Resource Group is to acquire Multisport for up to £13m, in order to expand its sports rights business.

Xtreme Information, the advertising monitoring service, is to be acquired by Veronis Suhler of the US for about £35m.

AnswerCall Direct has announced the creation of 68 new jobs, following a £1m investment in a telemarketing call centre in Portadown.

WPP has acquired AKKA, the French public relations firm with 22 staff, in order to expand its Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide business.

The BBC is looking into the possibility of selling its 170,000 sq ft BBC Wales headquarters in Cardiff in order to relocate to the bay area of the city.

Highbury House Communications has acquired DMG World Media's Power Portfolio of magazines for £0.8m, in order to expand its Cumulus Business Media subsidiary.

Taylor & Francis is seeking acquisitions in Europe and the US to expand its scientific and academic publishing business.

The BBC has announced a £220m property partnership with Land Securities' Trillium subsidiary, which will involve the creation of a media village in London's White City and provide the BBC with a further £35m to invest in programmes.

Incepta has acquired two sponsorship consultancies - Karen Earl and Redmandarin - for a total £10m.

E3 Media, the Bristol-based digital communications agency, is planning to open new offices in Birmingham and Manchester by next March.

The BBC has won conditional government approval for three new TV and five new radio services, including two digital TV children's channels and a culture channel.

Chime Communications is to shed up to 10% of the 1,000 jobs in its advertising and public relations business, and will delay plans for expansion in the US.

WPP has acquired Mediafax, the marketing research agency in Puerto Rico with 72 staff, in order to expand its Kantar Media Research division.

United Business Media has acquired Kenko Sangyo Shimbun, the Japanese exhibition and publishing group, for about £5m.

Trinity Mirror has sold its Colmore Circus office in Birmingham to Pillar Property and Parlison Properties for about £8.5m, and will relocate its presses outside the city centre.

Euromoney Institutional Investor has acquired Gulf Publishing Company, the US publishing house, for about £6m.

Pearson has sold its FT Energy publishing business to McGraw-Hill for about £59m.

United Business Media has acquired UK Floorcovering Exhibitions for £1.3m.

Advance Visual Communications has acquired Xoo, the London-based new media consultancy, for £0.1m.

Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council is to consider plans from Fairfield Properties and Westair Properties for the development of a movie studio complex at Llanilid, with the creation of 2,000 jobs.

Economist Group is to sell the Journal of Commerce transport publishing business to Commonwealth Business Media of the US for undisclosed terms.

Highland Council is in discussions with Aberdeen-based TVP Film & Multi Media about plans to develop a £30m film studio in Inverness, and details are expected to be announced next month.

Cinven is planning to buy the trade and health publications of Vivendi Universal of France for about £1.3bn.

The Telegraph Newspaper Group is moving its subscriptions department to Chatham in Kent over the next few months, where it will create about 100 jobs.

Channel 5 is looking at ways to develop alternative sources of revenue, which could lead to the introduction of home shopping programmes, merchandising and other direct sales opportunities.

Listening Company, the call centre operator, is planning to recruit a further 200 staff at its Enterprise House office in Portsmouth.

Scoot has sold the Loot free-advertising newspaper to Daily Mail & General Trust for £45m, and is now seeking a buyer for its remaining businesses.

WPP has acquired MJM Creative Services, the US conference and event production company with 80 staff, in order to expand its Brand Union division.

Market Research Solutions has been acquired by Harris Interactive of the US, which will involve the transfer of 75 staff at offices in Oxford, North London and Newport.

BPP Holdings has sold an 82% stake in its Blackstone Press legal publishing business to Oxford University Press for about £11m.

NTL is to close its cable TV and telecoms call centre in Newport with the loss of up to 134 jobs, although some staff will relocate to its Swansea office.

Video Networks is planning to raise up to £100m over the next year to fund the expansion of its broadband interactive TV service, and has just secured the video-on-demand rights to Premier League football.

Incisive Media is acquiring Matching Hat, the publisher of financial magazines, for up to £11m.

Incepta has acquired Gunpowder, the Italian marketing services company, for up to £12m, and Admaster and MSI Strategic Communications of the US for up to £5.7m.

Ministry of Sound, the London nightclub, has secured a £24m investment from 3i to expand its media and music operations.

VNU of the Netherlands has agreed to sell its educational information division to 3i, the UK venture capital group, for £121m.

United Business Media is to acquire Roper Starch Worldwide, the US consumer market research and trends consultancy, for about £50m.

Sports Resource Group is to acquire IEC, the Swedish sports media rights company, for £17m.

MotionPoster has acquired Evtacon Productions in a £0.3m deal that will help the company to commission new advertising sites.

BV Group is to acquire Midnight Communications, the public relations company with offices in London and Brighton, for up to £1m.

Huntsworth is to acquire Harrison Cowley, the public relations firm, for up to £25m, in order to expand its marketing services business.

Granada has acquired Border Television from Capital Radio for £50m, and Capital will use the proceeds to invest in its radio business.

Cordiant has acquired Presentation Communications International, the London-based live communications specialist with 60 staff.

WPP is to acquire The Identity Business of Ireland, in order to expand its Enterprise IG global branding consultancy.

Daily Mail & General Trust has acquired Metrolina Antiques & Collectibles Fairs of the US from GAH International for £2.8m.

IPC Media, the consumer magazine publisher, has been acquired by AOL Time Warner for £1.15bn.

Cordiant Communications and Publicis of France have agreed to merge their media buying operations, which include Zenith Media and Publicis's Optimedia.

Tempus, the owner of the CIA media buying agency, has agreed to a £425m takeover offer from Havas Advertising of France.

Cordiant has acquired International Business Information, the Japanese business communications consultancy, for £7.5m.

Taylor Nelson Sofres is to acquire Circulo Reider, the Mexican supplier of market information with 250 staff and annual turnover of £9m.

WPP has acquired The Marketing & Communication Agency, the London-based internal communications consultancy, in order to expand its Brand Union division.

ITE Group has acquired a 75% stake in Extension 21, the organiser of the Harrogate Womenswear Fashion events, for an initial £1.7m.

Profile Media has acquired Hazleton Publishing, the sports book publisher, for an initial £2.5m.

United Business Media has acquired a 50% stake in the Dutch national news agency's press release distribution division, ANPPS, for £3.9m.

Trinity Mirror is planning to set up a new multi million pound printing facility for the Western Mail & Echo at Pacific Park in Cardiff.

Media Generation is planning to raise £1m in a flotation on Ofex in order to expand its Quicksilver contract publishing and exhibitions business.

Emap has sold its Petersen magazine division in the US to Primedia for £366m, in order to focus on its core activities in the UK and France.

GDS Publishing, the Bristol-based contract publisher, is planning to double its 160-strong worldwide workforce over the next 12 months, partly as a result of its expansion into organising e-business conferences.

Scoot is to shed 285 jobs and stop any further expansion of its online directories business, while a cash injection is being sought to secure its future.

WPP is to acquire QCi Assessment, the customer relationship management consultancy with annual sales of £1.8m, in order to expand its OgilvyOne division.

Teamtalk has acquired Hampson Radio, the provider of satellite-based in-store radio services, for £1.5m.

WPP has acquired VML, the US integrated marketing services company with 200 staff, for undisclosed terms.

Carlton Communications is forming a partnership with the Public Broadcasting Service and Corporation for Public Broadcasting to invest £14m in the production of TV programmes for the US market.

CSS Stellar has acquired GEM, the US consumer marketing consultancy, for up to £21m, in order to expand its sports management business into North America.

NTL has won a £25m contract to provide digital radio transmission services to MXR, which will involve the creation of a new distribution network using both the internet and radio frequencies.

Media Square is to acquire 80-20 Marketing, the Evesham-based marketing consultancy with an annual turnover of about £0.6m.

Sanctuary is in negotiations to acquire Trojan Records for about £10m, in order to expand its back catalogue of music.

Static, the interactive media company, is being acquired by OpenTV, the US supplier of software for set-top boxes, for £42m.

Ealing Council has approved plans from Fragile Films and the Manhattan Loft Company for the £50m redevelopment of Ealing Studios, in order to improve the TV and cinema production facilities on the 3.8 acre site.

Precise Communications is to merge with the Unique broadcasting company to create the Unique Communications Group, which will provide a wide range of marketing, broadcasting and corporate communications services.

Tamarind, a new sales and marketing venture, is opening a call centre at Moulton Park in Northamptonshire with the creation of 140 jobs.

BSkyB has announced a deal with Stamford Homes of Peterborough to install satellite TV services in 450 new homes each year.

Civilian Content has acquired Isis Productions, the producer of music and children's programmes, from Westpool Investment Trust.

Guardian Media Group is to buy the Scot FM radio station from the Wireless Group for £25m, and will rename the business as Real Radio Scotland.

Winchester Entertainment is to acquire The Feature Film Company, the film distributor, in exchange for 80,000 new ordinary shares.
12-Jun-2001, the online music company, is being acquired by Vitaminic of Italy in a deal worth £21m.

Emap is to acquire the remaining 50% of Media Nature from Bayard Group for £16m, in order to expand its magazine publishing business in France.

Sportsworld Media has acquired Uplink Sport 2000 and Uplink Media of New Zealand for £2.5m, in order to expand its sports TV production business.

Daily Mail & General Trust has acquired International Fine Art Expositions of Florida for £13m, in order to expand its exhibitions division in the US.

United Business Media has acquired Allison-Fisher International, the US automotive information provider, for £32m, and will merge the business with its NOP World market research division.

Cordiant Communications is planning to merge its Scholz & Friends advertising business in Germany with United Visions Entertainment, in order to produce TV programmes that include commercial messages.

Wolff Olins, the brand consultant, has been acquired by Omnicom, the US-owned advertising agency, for undisclosed terms.

Mersey TV has won planning permission to extend its Childwall site in Liverpool, which will involve new film sets and additional car parking.

MacLaurin has been acquired by Hatch-Group, a new company backed by Bridgepoint Capital that is planning to create a Europe-wide public relations agency.

WPP has acquired Communique Public Relations, the Manchester-based public relations company with 35 staff, in order to expand its Burson-Marsteller business.

PrimeEnt is planning to set up a nationwide network of local TV stations starting with the £9m acquisition of Your TV & Radio, which has broadcasting licences in south Wales and the Isle of Wight.

I Feel Good has bought three magazine titles from John Brown Publishing for £6.4m, including Viz, The Fortean Times and Bizarre.

WPP is to acquire Finsbury, the public relations company, for an initial payment of about £15m.

Aegis is to acquire Demoscopie, the French market research consultancy with annual turnover of £3.5m, and MEMRB Customs Research Worldwide, which has offices in 22 countries.

WPP has acquired Springbok Technologies, the Texas-based public relations company with 60 staff, through its Cohn & Wolfe subsidiary in the US.

Yes Television is planning a £23m expansion of its digital TV and internet business in Cardiff, with the creation of 210 jobs over the next four years.

Grampian Records is planning to invest £2.5m in the expansion of its CD factory at Wick, with the creation of up to 30 new jobs.

Media Square is expanding its marketing business with the acquisition of Affiliate Agency of Manchester and Tin Can of Worcestershire.

Metal Bulletin is to acquire the US publishing assets of Cahners Business Information Metals Group from Reed Elsevier for £7.6m.

Research Solutions, the Stockton-based market research company, is planning to double the size of its current field team to 60.

Zone Vision has secured £8.3m of private equity funding to launch new TV channels and expand into new markets such as Latin America.

Cordiant Communications has acquired Bulletin International, the London-based public relations agency, for up to £8.5m.

Television Corporation is to raise £5.8m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its TV production business and to develop the UK Powerboat Grand Prix in Plymouth over the next six years.

Highbury House Communications has acquired ten trade magazines from Reed Elsevier for £4.8m.

Haywoods Design is expanding its brand management design consultancy into larger offices in Coventry, and will create an unspecified number of new jobs.

Sportsworld Media has acquired Elite Sports Properties, the Australian sports marketing group, for up to £14m.

Reuters is to acquire five businesses from Bridge Information Systems of the US for £190m, including North American Information Systems, EJV, eBridge, CRB Index and Bridge Trading Technologies.

Huntsworth is expanding its marketing services business with a £14m share placing and the £5.3m acquisition of three companies - Woodside, Stephanie Churchill and PBC Marketing.

NTL is creating 100 new jobs at its customer call centre in Nottingham, due to rising demand for its digital TV services.

TDI, the advertising group, is planning to relocate its London office to a 32,000 sq ft scheme at Camden Lock early next year.

Wireless Group is renegotiating its £40m banking facility in order to secure adequate resources for the development of its radio business, which could lead to the sale of some radio licences.

Coltas Group is to create 60 new jobs at its Glasgow-based advertising agency, having won a £40m contract for Tiny computers.

Two Way TV has secured £12m from SMI Media Invest to fund the expansion of its interactive games channel on digital TV.

Pearson is forming a joint venture with IBM to develop interactive learning services for the home, and trials will take place in the US and a number of European countries.

Mice Group has acquired Grant Leisure, the management and marketing consultancy, for a nominal sum, and will invest £1.5m in the business.

Guardian Media Group has announced a deal with Emap to expand its Real Radio service across the north of England.

Profile Media has bought Marketlink Marketing Communications, the supplier of mail order and internet sales support, for £14m.

AirMedia has raised £9m of venture capital to expand its mobile internet marketing business into continental Europe.

Quadriga is planning to install a new digital TV and high-speed internet system in more than 6,000 hotels across Europe and the Middle East.

Excel Publishing is creating 50 new jobs in Manchester following a £2m expansion of its business magazines.

CN Group has acquired two more radio stations in the Midlands - Centre FM of Tamworth and The Bear of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Stream Group is planning to raise £4m in a flotation in order to fund a London sales office and the development of new content for mobile phones and digital TV.

Colleagues Group, the Bath-based direct marketing group, has been sold by Moore Corporation of Canada to management for undisclosed terms.

Newsquest has acquired Dimbleby Newspapers, the local newspaper publisher, for about £12m.

London Underground is linking up with DHJ Media and TDI to install up to 400 advertising screens that use IMAX projection equipment at stations throughout the central zone.

WPP has acquired Glendinning Management Consultants and a 77% stake in French branding agency CB Associes for undisclosed terms.

Brighter Pictures, the TV programme producer, has been acquired by Endemol Entertainment of the Netherlands.

Crown Sports has bought the publishing interests of Information Australia for up to £8m.

C&B Communications, the London-based publisher of corporate magazines, has undergone a management buy-out from C&B Publishing.

Cordiant is to acquire Gallagher & Kelly, the Irish public relations company, for up to £9.4m.

LBM Solutions is planning to create 600 jobs in the Manchester area, including 500 at a new direct marketing call centre in Wythenshawe and 100 at its Altrincham headquarters.

Wireless Group is to relocate the 96.3Q FM local radio station from Paisley to a larger studio near Glasgow city centre this summer.

Entertainment Rights, the intellectual property rights company, has acquired Link Licensing for £15m.

Capital Radio has confirmed plans to invest £11m in the internet, digital radio and marketing in 2001.

ANT Marketing, the Sheffield-based telephone marketing group, is planning to create a further 200 jobs in Sheffield by setting up a new call centre at the historic Sheaf Quays building.

BizNet Solutions, the web design and internet marketing company, has opened a new head office in Belfast and is now looking to open branches in Dublin and Boston.

Picardy Media is planning to raise £7m in a flotation on Aim in order to fund the expansion of its digital media business.

Applied Psychology Research has raised £6.9m of venture capital to help with the development of programme finder software for the Independent Television Commission.

TelMe is to close its Birkenhead office with the loss of 15 jobs following a decision to abandon its business information service, while 45 other jobs will be relocated to Chester Business Park.

Excell Multimedia is to create more than 200 jobs at a new £2.5m call centre at the Riverside Business Park in Irvine, which is expected to open in the summer.

Acxiom is to create a further 200 jobs at its 2Touch telesales outsourcing call centre in Sunderland.

Civilian Content has increased its stake in The Sales Company to 75%, in order to expand the film distribution side of its business.

Aegis has acquired Copernicus, the US marketing consultancy, for up to £11m, and has also announced plans to merge its market research operations into one global network.

Visual Gold, the Telford-based computer animation company, has secured a £2.7m capital investment from Aberdeen Murray Johnstone to expand its TV and film production, with the creation of 35 jobs.

AnswerCall Direct is to create 60 jobs at its telemarketing call centre in Portadown, having just moved to larger premises.

QVC, the TV shopping channel, is planning to create a further 1,000 jobs on Merseyside by expanding its Knowsley call centre and warehouse complex over the next two years.

Interoute is to invest £7.6m in Virtue Broadcasting in order to help with the development of TV-quality video services for the internet.

Direct Solutions International, the print-to-post and distribution service, is to expand its call centre in Jarrow, Tyneside, with the creation of 200 jobs.

AOL Time Warner of the US is planning to expand its internet and media business in Europe this year by making a series of acquisitions and strategic investments.

Music Choice Europe is planning to expand its digital music business by making acquisitions and extending its interactive TV service across Europe.

Bertelsmann Services is to create 60 new jobs at its CD distribution business in Warley this year, with vacancies for IT staff, project managers and manual workers.

Informa has acquired Eaton Massachusetts Business Trust, the bio-research publisher, for £22m, and will develop a series of conferences for the company's scientific journals.

TotalFinaElf and Texaco have reached agreement with Forecourt Television for the installation of TV advertising screens at 1,500 petrol stations.

Invaluable Group, the information provider to the antiques market, has raised £1m to further the development of its products ahead of a planned flotation this summer.

Vitec is seeking acquisitions to expand its broadcasting and photographic services business.

Telewest is investing £15m in SitUp, the interactive TV company that is developing a home shopping network.

United Business Media has bought Cyperus, the French corporate communications company, for up to £15m.

New Media Industries is planning to raise £5m in a flotation on Aim in order to expand its advertising and creative services business.

Incepta has acquired RED Consultancy, the London-based public relations company, for £12m, and Broad Street Productions, the New York-based producer of corporate videos.

Channel 4 is to help fund the creation of jobs at independent TV production companies around the country, following a trial scheme in Glasgow.

BSkyB is to invest about £2m connecting council estates in the London boroughs of Enfield and Newham to digital TV.

Xtempus has acquired Talkcast, the media rights business, in a £25m deal.

MEPC has won support from the Film Council and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to set up a major new film studio at Leavesden near Watford, as part of a £400m film and media business park.

Taylor & Francis has acquired the scientific and academic publishing operations of Gordon & Breach for £22m.

NDS Group is to relocate 180 staff to a new interactive TV research centre in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire, later this year.

The Mill, the supplier of visual effects to film studios and advertising agencies, has undergone a £24m management buy-out with the backing of 3i.

IPC Media is to invest about £5m in a new events and exhibitions business called IPC Live.

HIT Entertainment has acquired Lyrick Studios for £190m, in order to become a leading entertainment studio for children's characters in the US.

Charterhouse Communications is to acquire HS Publishing, the financial publisher, from Hemmington Scott for up to £5.5m.

Channel 4 has announced plans to set up a new company called 4 Ventures to take over its digital channels and other commercial operations.

Daily Mail & General Trust has acquired a 25% stake in Western Exhibitors of the US for £7m, in order to expand its international exhibitions business.

Reuters has acquired a 25% stake in Citywire, the online financial publisher, for undisclosed terms.

Ingenta is to acquire CatchWord, the supplier of online publishing services, for £11m.

Peer Digital of the US is planning to create 70 jobs at its new teleconferencing centre in Glasgow over the next two years.

Advanced Alchemy, the marketing and research group, has set up a new office in Bicester and is looking to recruit up to 40 new staff.

Taylor Nelson Sofres is to acquire MDC Research of Finland for £32m, which will expand its market research business in Scandinavia, Russia and the Baltic states.

Maitland Consultancy is planning to sell a minority stake in its financial public relations business to Havas Advertising of France, which will enable Maitland to expand its services into continental Europe.

MediaWave, the online broadcaster of pop concerts and business events, is to create 50 new jobs in Derby.

The BBC has begun recruiting 80 staff for a new £4m TV and radio news broadcasting facility in Sevenoaks.

Saga Radio has won a licence from the Radio Authority to set up a new FM radio station for the over-50s in the West Midlands.

Informa is to acquire MCM Group, the US financial information provider, for £30m.

The BBC has announced plans to invest £326m in digital TV and radio over the next two years, with the largest investment going to the BBC3 entertainment channel for 16 to 34-year-olds.

Trinity Mirror is considering plans to build new printing presses in Cardiff, Ireland and the Midlands, while facilities in Teesside, Newcastle and Glasgow may be upgraded.

Metal Bulletin is to acquire BCA Publications, the Canadian financial publisher, for £32m.

Creston is to transform itself from a cash shell into a marketing services group by acquiring Marketing Sciences, the market research company, for £8.5m.

4imprint is to acquire Adventures in Advertising Franchise, the US promotional products distribution network, for £8.5m.

AdVal Group is to invest £1.5m in a new joint venture with FT Knowledge, in order to increase the number of training titles offered by its online learning business.

Cordiant Communications is to acquire MicroArts, the US e-business consultancy, for £32m, in order to strengthen its interactive capabilities and help service online brands.