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Media - 2002






















SMG is planning to sell its SMG Publishing division, which includes three newspapers, 11 magazines and an online advertising business, to Gannett UK for £216m.

Ulster Television has acquired Lite FM, the Irish radio station operating from Dublin, for £9m.

Tribal Group has acquired Kingsway Advertising for up to £14m and Action Medical for up to £9m, in order to become one of the country's largest suppliers of recruitment advertising services to the NHS.

EQ Group has acquired Quaestor Research & Marketing Strategists of Leeds for £2m.

Advanced Marketing Services has expanded its book distribution business with the acquisition of two London-based companies - Airlift Book Company and HI Marketing.

Granada is to open a new £5m TV studio in Manchester early next year, in order to produce special editions of Coronation Street.

Rhondda Cynon Taff Council has approved plans from Dragon International Studios for the development of a £350m film studio complex near Llantrisant by 2004, with the creation of 1,700 jobs.

Televideo has acquired Leeds-based CBF Media in a multi-million pound deal, in order to create a leading regional TV sports production group.

News International is planning to relocate its editorial offices to a new building on a lorry park site next to its Wapping headquarters.

Towers Perrin has produced a government report for the creation of the Office of Communications, a new regulator for the media and communications industries that could lead to the loss of 200 of the 1,100 jobs at the five existing regulators.

RMR is to acquire Talent Group, the independent TV production company, in a £1.3m reverse takeover.

Central Press Features, the Bristol-based provider of editorial content to newspapers, has been sold by Northcliffe Newspapers to the Press Association for undisclosed terms.

WPP has acquired Media Club, the Italian independent media agency with 86 staff.

Creston is to acquire EMO Group, the marketing communications company with 57 staff in Swindon and Bristol, for up to £5.7m.

Campus Media is to acquire The Get Real Marketing Company, the brand communication company that focuses on students, for up to £1.2m.

Digital Decoder Corporation is to create 20 new jobs installing the BBC's new Freeview digital TV service in Norfolk homes.

North East Workforce, the Tyneside recruitment agency, is setting up a promotional events business with the creation of up to 200 part-time jobs.

Clear Channel has sold its Score Outdoor advertising display business, which has 40 staff, to a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.

Ten Alps Communications has acquired Brook Lapping Productions, the producer of TV documentaries, for £2.4m.

Hansard Group has acquired Alan Bailey Studios, the public relations company trading as ABS Communications.

MetroMail is planning to create more than 100 jobs at its direct mail business in Peterlee, and is seeking a suitable site for a new larger headquarters.

S4C is relocating its Viewers' Hotline from Cardiff to a new call centre operated by GALW in Porthmadog.

Sport Entertainment & Media is to acquire the boxing and events promotion business of Golden Gloves for £2.5m.

The Daily Express newspaper is considering plans to relocate up to 100 jobs from London to Broughton in Lancashire, and is also expected to find new premises for the staff that remain in London.

Howell Communications is to merge with the Petersen Partnership to create a new South Wales-based public relations and marketing company with 28 staff called Howell Petersen.

Datamonitor has acquired certain assets of Computerwire Group, the provider of technology-related information, out of receivership for an initial £0.6m.

CIT Publications, the Exeter-based supplier of market information, has been acquired by PriMetrica of the US.

Granada and Carlton are planning a £2.7bn merger, which would create a combined commercial broadcasting business with 8,000 staff.

The Photographers Gallery is seeking a suitable 25,000 sq ft site in London to open an office, gallery and bookshop.

John Howitt Group is planning to build a 560,000 sq ft printing plant at Sutton-in-Ashfield to produce magazines, newspaper supplements and catalogues, with the creation of up to 380 jobs.

Air Music & Media is to acquire Hollywood DVD, the home entertainment and music company, for an initial £1.5m.

Sanctuary has acquired Trinifold, the music management and publishing company, for up to £21m.

Real Affinity is planning to acquire Fox Kalomaski, the direct marketing and sales promotion company, for £1.2m.

Sports Resource Group is to acquire Marketing Activity, the sports marketing agency, for up to £0.8m.

Chime has acquired Mansfield Lang Direct, the media buying company, for an initial £0.5m, in order to expand its Pure Media division.

Hobsons is to close its publishing office in Cambridge with the loss of up to 60 jobs, in order to relocate the work to its London head office.

Tribal Group has acquired Atlas Media, the Yorkshire-based public relations firm, for up to £5.8m.

GWR is to acquire the remaining 50% of London News Radio and will then sell the whole business on to Chrysalis for £23m.

Cornwall & Devon Media is seeking permission to build a new £4m headquarters in Truro, which would involve the relocation of 150 staff.

Granada Learning has acquired The Skills Factory, the Lancashire-based educational software company, for £1.6m.

The BBC has won government approval to launch the BBC3 digital TV channel, which will target 25 to 34-year olds and use £97m of licence fee cash each year.

Granada and Carlton are planning to invest a record £825m in new programming for ITV next year.

Bloomsbury has acquired Peter Collin Publishing, the dictionary publisher, for £0.9m.

Taylor & Francis has acquired the publishing business and assets of US-based reference book publisher Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers for up to £3.1m.

Granada Learning has acquired Leckie & Leckie Publishers, the Fife-based publishing company, for £1.5m.

Infonxxhas confirmed plans to set up a call centre in Cardiff for its new directory enquiries service, and will create up to 700 jobs.

WPP has acquired Les Ouvriers du Paradis, the French advertising agency with 33 staff, in order to expand its Red Cell communications network.

Carlton Communications is to set up a production company on the east coast of the US, in order to expand its output of TV documentaries.

Incepta has acquired PR Force NV, the Belgian public relations consultancy with 35 staff, for £2.9m.

Reuters is considering plans to rationalise its London offices, which could lead to a sale and leaseback deal, and NM Rothschild has been appointed to investigate the various options.

Pearson is to launch a new book publishing venture in Ireland through its Penguin division, and has expanded its US educational business with the acquisition of the art history textbook list of Harry N Abrams.

WPP has acquired Gambit AS, the Norwegian public relations agency with 22 staff, in order to expand its Hill & Knowlton subsidiary.

Aegis has acquired Sample Surveys, the London-based market research company, for £5.4m.

BBC East is to set up a 15,550 sq ft multimedia broadcasting centre at the Forum development in Norwich.

Taylor Nelson Sofres has acquired Svenska Gallup, the Swedish market research company with 14 staff.

CSS Stellar has acquired Echo, the Canadian entertainment advertising and marketing agency, for £4.1m.

Music Choice Europe has acquired Multiradio, the distributor of music channels through digital TV, from Orbus for £0.6m.

The BBC has confirmed plans to spend £2.8bn revamping its property portfolio, including new regional headquarters in Birmingham and Glasgow, the relocation of its news operation to London's Broadcasting House and the creation of an open media campus in White City.

Experian has announced plans to build a new 170,000 sq ft office complex at the former Royal Ordnance site in Nottingham, and up to 1,500 staff will be relocated from existing sites in the city.

Mean Fiddler is expanding into continental Europe through the acquisition of a 25% stake in Germany's Bizarre music festival.

Capita Group is creating more than 200 jobs at a former cotton mill in Darwen, which has been transformed into a TV licensing call centre to handle its new contract from the BBC.

Financial Dynamics is setting up an international network of public relations firms called FD International, combining the activities of eight communications consultancies.

Experian is planning to acquire Business Strategies, the economic consultancy with 40 staff.

Pedagog of Risca has secured a £1m investment from Finance Wales to fund the development of video technology for mobile phones.

Vacher Dod, the publisher of parliamentary directories, is to be acquired by Huveaux for £4.5m.

Capita Group is setting up a new administration office and call centre in Bristol's Temple Street to manage its 10-year contract for the BBC's licence system.

Derby City Council is launching a feasibility study into the development of a £8m visual arts and media facility in the city centre, in partnership with Metro Cinema, Q-Arts and Media Archive for Central England.

Trinity Mirror has sold Ethnic Media Group, the publisher of five national Asian and African-Caribbean titles, to a management buy-out for £10m.

ImageState has acquired Pictor International, the London-based stock photography company.

BT Group is to acquire the Scoot online directories business for about £8m, in order to re-enter the classified information market following the recent sale of Yell.

Haynes Publishing is to acquire the printed manuals business of Gregory Automotive Publications of Australia from Universal Press for £2.1m.

Infonxx, the US directory enquiries companies, is considering plans to set up a call centre in Cardiff with the creation of up to 200 jobs.

Metrodome has sold its Metro Direct and Triton Trading Services mail order video and DVD divisions, as well as its DTK Metrodome record label, to Gotup & Went for £0.1m.

Daily Mail & General Trust is planning to acquire the newspaper publishing interests of Leek-based Hill Brothers Group, in order to expand its Northcliffe Newspapers regional newspaper division.

Telewest is to shed 250 jobs at its call centre in Knowsley over the next three months, but 198 jobs will be created at the nearby Albert Dock site due to an expansion of its Blueyonder broadband internet service.

Taylor Nelson Sofres has acquired Evaliant Media Resources, the US-based provider of online advertising data with 17 staff.

Digital Sport is to acquire Time Management Global, the sports management and representation group, for up to £1.8m.

WPP has acquired London-based research consultancy HeadlightVision, the Samcor Communications Company in the US and a 60% stake in Chinese PR company H-Line Worldwide.

Expomedia has acquired a 51% stake in International Exhibitions & Conferences of Morocco for up to £0.5m.

Woolworths has announced that its VCI subsidiary has sold the trading assets of its entertainment distribution business, Disc Distribution, to Deluxe Video Services for under £1m.

Teamtalk, the sports radio and internet group, is to be acquired by UKbetting for £14m.

Tornado is to acquire Virtue Broadcasting, the provider of online broadcasting services, for £5m, and will change its name to Tornado Virtue.

Emap is looking to spend up to £373m on acquisitions to expand its radio and magazines business.

Mean Fiddler has acquired Ritz 1035, the London-based music radio station, for undisclosed terms.

Sanctuary is to acquire Air-Edel, the music publisher, for £1.2m.

Scottish Radio Holdings is selling its outdoor advertising business to Clear Channel UK for £33m.

Carlton Communications has formed a joint venture with Thomson Multimedia to acquire the cinema advertising operations of UGC of France and RTBF of Belgium for £62m.

EMI has acquired Mute, the independent record label, for an initial £23m.

Guardian Media Group is planning to acquire the Jazz FM radio station for £41m, following government proposals to relax the laws on media ownership.

Linguaphone has raised £1.9m in a share offer to fund the expansion of its language training business, increase its internet presence and develop new products.

Uovo is to restructure its e-business agency following its acquisition by Fi System of France, and Fi's London-based staff will relocate to the Uovo office in Beaconsfield.

CSS Stellar is to acquire Craigie Taylor International, the Guildford-based sports sponsorship company, for up to £10m.

British European Associated Publishers, the publisher of puzzle magazines, is to undergo a £37m management buy-out from Sanoma Magazine of Finland.

WPP has acquired a 60% stake in BrandOne Advertising, the Chinese direct marketing company with 22 staff, in order to expand its OgilvyOne Worldwide business.

NTL is to close its office in Huddersfield town centre in May and relocate the 39 staff to other sites.

Derwent Information is setting up a scientific publishing office in Glasgow, with the creation of 51 jobs.

Taylor & Francis is to relocate its journal publishing business and about 130 staff from sites in Abingdon, Reading and London to Milton Park, near Didcot.

Lexis Public Relations, the London-based PR company, has undergone a management buy-out for about £5m.

WPP is to acquire Irish Marketing Surveys, which has 130 staff in Dublin and Belfast, in order to expand its Millward Brown communications research business.

NEMC is to create 50 new jobs at its Washington-based mailing business, to provide fulfilment and call centre services.

Taylor Nelson Sofres has acquired Elrick & Lavidge, the US marketing research company with annual turnover of $23m.

Corinthian Television Facilities, the TV production company, is to set up an 85,000 sq ft headquarters in Chiswick Park.

Granada Media is to invest £1m in Anglia Television's Magdalen Street studios in Norwich to create a new centre for daytime programming, but the Hardwick House site will be closed with the loss of 25 jobs.

Ulster Television is to acquire Treaty Radio, the Irish radio broadcaster, for £10m.

NTL is creating a further 70 call centre jobs in Swansea and 30 in Cardiff to cope with rising demand for its broadband internet service.

The British Film Institute has revealed plans for the development of a £35m film centre, including five cinemas, at the South Bank Centre in London.

Gillman & Soame, the Oxford-based photographic company, has been bought out of receivership by a management team, saving 80 jobs.

CSS Stellar is raising £9.4m in a share placing, in order to reduce debt and expand its sports and entertainment management business.

John Brown and Citrus are to merge their contract publishing businesses to create a combined group called John Brown Citrus, and Citrus will relocate to John Brown's offices in west London.

Johnston Press has acquired Regional Independent Media, the local newspaper publisher, for £560m, partly funded by a £220m rights issue.

Ingenta is to acquire Heron, the supplier of online educational course packs created by Stirling, Napier and South Bank Universities, for about £0.3m.

Trinity Mirror has announced plans to invest £60m in a new press site at the Fort Dunlop development in Birmingham by 2004, and additional investment will be made in new presses in the North East and Cardiff.

Just Group's administrators have sold a number of businesses, with the international co-edition book publishing division going to The Quarto Group, the children's magazine division to Toontastic Publishing and the children's educational publishing division to Ashgarden.

East Devon District Council is to consider plans from the Full Picture Company for the development of a £66m film and TV production centre on a 200-acre site at Greendale Barton near Exeter, which will create about 200 jobs.

SBN, the national student radio network, is to be sold by Channelfly to Campus Media, in preparation for a £2.5m share placing that will fund the expansion of the broadcasting business.

Lawrence is to acquire Ringpress Publishing, the pet books publisher, for up to £3.4m, and the enlarged publishing division may be sold off at a later date in order to focus on animal health care and feed additives.

WH Smith has sold its Helicon online reference publishing business to RM for £0.7m.

Scottish Radio Holdings is to acquire the Longford Leader Group, the publisher of regional newspapers in Ireland, for £5.6m.

Quarto has bought the publishing assets of Marshall Editions, Marshall Developments and Marshall Publishing out of administration for up to £1.2m, gaining a backlist of 300 titles.

Aegis has acquired Market & More, the European market research company with operations in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and France, for an initial £3.6m.

Telesgop is to relocate its Llandeilo-based TV production business and 30 staff to the new £10m Media Technium centre being developed for up to 30 companies at nearby Gelli Aur.

Taylor Nelson Sofres has acquired the custom research division of Greenfield Online, in order to expand its TNS Intersearch business in the US.

South Birmingham College is to start work on the development of a £16m arts and digital media centre in the summer.

Taylor Nelson Sofres is to acquire the broadcast monitoring division of BMC News, which has annual turnover of £1.9m, from Xtreme Group.

Caspian Publishing has acquired Dennis & Beyond from Dennis Publishing, which will double the size of its contract publishing business.

Teleconomy has acquired Net Profit, the London-based new media analyst and publishing company, and the headquarters for the combined group will be in Lancaster, where the present 80-strong workforce is expected to grow.

Chemex International is planning a reverse takeover of Independent Media Distribution, the London-based supplier of content to radio stations, and its current business operations will be sold to Deangate Investments.

The Industrial Development Board has helped Digital Theater Systems of the US relocate its audio technology research and development centre to Bangor, with the creation of 18 jobs.

MotionPoster is to acquire Metrocom for £5.2m, in order to expand its advertising business into the Far East.

The BBC is to set up a new commercial subsidiary from its BBC Broadcast operation, which employs 750 staff in the management of 17 TV channels, five national radio networks and 39 local stations.

Acxiom is planning to recruit a further 100 staff at its 2Touch telesales outsourcing call centre in Sunderland, taking the workforce to 700.

Yell has agreed to acquire McLeod US Publishing, the US directories business, for £414m.

VFG's film and TV rental equipment business has been bought out of receivership by VFG Holdings, a new company backed by HBOS and ING Barings, in a £9m deal.

MetroMail is creating 40 new jobs at its direct mail business in Peterlee, with vacancies in mail production, laser printing, warehousing and engineering.

Aegis has acquired two US interactive media agencies for £1.9m - San Francisco-based Lot 21 and Massachusetts-based Vizium.

Faulds Advertising of Edinburgh is seeking acquisitions and expansion opportunities in London and Manchester following a management buy-out of the group.

United Business Media has acquired Cozint, the healthcare research and consulting group, from ZS Associates for £7m.

WPP has acquired the media buying business of Purely Media in Manchester, and the 10 staff will be relocated to its nearby Mediaedge office.

Future Network has sold its Silver Shark magazine publishing business in Poland to Wydawnictwo H Bauer for £2m.

Screen has acquired Joyce-Loebl, the Gateshead-based developer of the SmartSeat entertainment system for trains and arenas, for £3.2m.

Sanctuary is to acquire Bravado International, the music licensing company, for an initial £7.8m.