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Media - 2008
Communisis has acquired Absolute Intuistic, the Surrey-based data services company, for up to £13m.
Pearson is to acquire Fronter, the Norwegian online learning company with gross assets of £6.6m and offices in ten countries.
IQ Holdings is to acquire Viewpoint Field, Viewpoint Studios and The Wire from Illuminas for an initial £0.7m, in order to expand its data collection services.
United Business Media has acquired Global Games Media, the German organiser of games development conferences, for up to £1.3m, in order to expand its Think Services business.
Bloomsbury Publishing has acquired John Wisden & Co, the Hampshire-based publisher of cricket books.
The Number is to expand its directory assistance call centre in Plymouth by March 2009, with the creation of 90 jobs, but its Cardiff centre will close with the transfer of up to 300 jobs to its Conduit customer care sites.
Independent News & Media is to relocate its London-based staff to the Kensington headquarters of Daily Mail & General Trust next year, in order to share back-office services and save up to £3m a year.
William Reed has acquired Harpers, the Kent-based drinks industry magazine, and the staff will relocate to its Crawley headquarters.
Infoserve is looking to recruit a further 70 staff at its online search business in Darlington.
United Business Media has acquired Xinhua PR Newswire, the Chinese news distributor with about 50 staff, for £4m.
BiP Solutions is to relocate its Glasgow-based information business and 60 staff to Pacific Quay, with the creation of 100 new jobs.
Cosgrove Hall is considering plans to relocate its remaining Manchester-based TV production business to Granada Studios by the end of the year.
DM has bought the trade and assets of market research firm Data Locator Group out of administration for £3.2m.
Bunnyfoot is to open a market research office at Electric Works on the Digital Campus in Sheffield in March 2009.
Aimimage has bought the assets of London-based camera hire firm Ice Film Equipment out of liquidation, securing seven jobs.
Arena International, the marketing services agency with offices in Disley and London, has been acquired by QobliQ for £2.8m.
GI Solutions Group, the Leicester-based direct marketing firm, has been acquired by private equity investor Grove Industries for undisclosed terms.
Sportech has acquired 4thegame.com, the football community website, for £0.6m.
Freshbaked has merged with the Limegreentangerine marketing and branding agency, creating a combined Cardiff-based business services group with 43 staff.
Begbies Traynor has sold Laser Broadcasting, the owner of radio stations in Bath, Warminster, Bridgwater and Minehead, out of administration to the owner of Exeter-based South West Radio.
Coolabi is to acquire Licensing by Design, the children's characters merchandising company, for £0.4m.
Fuse8 has acquired Radiant, the Leeds-based public relations agency with four staff.
EMI is to vacate its 86,000 sq ft office in Hammersmith and relocate the staff to its smaller office in Kensington.
Cwmni Da is to set up a £2.1m TV and film production centre at the former Goleuad building in Caernarfon, securing the future of 51 jobs and creating 16 new jobs.
The BBC is to relocate half of its network TV spending away from London by 2016, with the development of "sustainable creative clusters" in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, London and Salford.
Shed Media is to open a TV production office at Pacific Quay in Glasgow, in order to become part of the new Digital Media Quarter.
Foolproof has acquired Usability by Design, the London-based website design consultancy.
Digital Marketing Group is to acquire Prodant, the Nottingham-based call centre training consultancy, for up to £0.7m.
Aegis Group has acquired Clownfish, the London-based marketing services firm with gross assets of £0.5m.
CSS Stellar is to sell Icon Display, the Sidcup-based signage design and production firm, to a new company called Maidstone Road Holdings for £4.3m.
Metropress, the publisher of the Antiques Trade Gazette, has undergone a £9m management buy-out backed by Matrix Private Equity.
Bgroup is planning to increase the staff at its Newcastle-based advertising agency from 22 to 30 over the next 12 months.
Volvere is to acquire certain assets of Interactive Prospect Targeting, the London-based marketing company with about 80 staff, for £1.3m.
WPP, the advertising agency, is considering plans to relocate its UK headquarters to Ireland for tax reasons.
Bloomsbury Publishing is to acquire Oxford International Publishers, the Oxford-based independent academic publishing company trading as Berg with 15 staff, for an initial £2m.
St Ives is to sell its Dutch music and multimedia business to management for £2.1m.
Folder Media has acquired Fun Radio, the children's broadcaster, for undisclosed terms.
CPM Group has acquired TRO, the events agency with 150 staff in Norwich and Wymondham, for undisclosed terms.
MediaCityUK is looking into the possibility of setting up a production hub for independent radio stations at its site in Salford.
BSkyB is investing £77m in a new broadcasting facility at its Osterley site in London by 2011, having selected Sony as the lead systems integrator.
All3Media has acquired Illumina Digital, the London-based digital TV and multimedia production company with annual turnover of £4.3m.
Tindle Newspapers has acquired three local newspapers in Essex for undisclosed terms, including the Leigh & Westcliff Times, the Rayleigh & Eastwood Times and the Canvey Island & Benfleet Times.
Global Radio is to set up a nationwide network of 35 Heart-branded radio stations, in order to offer an improved service to advertisers.
Aegis Group has acquired Range Online Media, the US search engine marketing agency, in order to expand its Isobar division.
News Corporation is to consolidate its various media and publishing operations at a new complex at its 20-acre site in Wapping by 2012, having dropped plans to relocate to the City of London.
Clash Music has secured Scottish Enterprise funding to support the online expansion of its Dundee-based music and media business, with the creation of 18 jobs.
ITV is said to be in negotiations with Peel Holdings to relocate its Manchester-based TV production centre to the Mediacity development in Salford.
Trinity Mirror is to relocate production of the Liverpool Echo and Daily Post from Liverpool to Oldham at the end of next year, with the possible loss of up to 100 jobs.
Fox Murphy, the Norwich-based marketing agency with 63 staff, has undergone a management buy-out and is now trading as Balloon Dog.
Talent Group is to acquire KMB Productions, the Hampshire-based TV production company, and will rebrand it as Talent South.
Retec Digital has acquired ODD London, the design and marketing agency, for £0.5m.
Essentially Group has acquired Arundel Promotions, the football and cricket event management firm, for £0.3m.
OPEX Group is creating 34 jobs at the new head office for its Stanco exhibition services business at Crosskeys in South Wales.
United Business Media has acquired Pyramid Research, the telecoms market research firm with about 50 staff in the US, London and Hong Kong, for £4m.
Technetix Group is to acquire the assets of Dalvi Technology, the Bedfordshire-based developer of pay TV systems for digital networks.
Carnival Film & Television, the TV production company, has been acquired by NBC Universal for £22m.
BSkyB is to set up a new call centre for its TV, broadband and phone services at City Walk in Leeds early next year, with the creation of 350 jobs.
First Artist has acquired SpotCo, the US marketing and entertainment agency, for £10m, and will combine it with its London-based Dewynters division.
Omnicom, the advertising firm, is looking to set up a new 400,000 sq ft office in London, as its existing site at Bishops Bridge Road will be demolished to make way for a rail link.
Ten Alps has acquired Films of Record, the TV production company, for undisclosed terms.
Manchester City Council is considering plans to invest £5m transforming the former Sharp electronics factory in East Manchester into a digital production hub, in partnership with animation company Red Vision.
Zodiac Training and Third Eye are to offer a new interactive training service that uses virtual reality technology to simulate hazardous environments, which will create about 50 jobs in County Durham.
Picsolve, the Derby-based operator of camera installations at visitor attractions with annual turnover of about £20m, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Fidelity Equity Partners.
Envy is to create 15 new jobs at a £2m TV production facility due to open at Great Portland Street in London in October.
Pepper Post is to be bought out of administration by Partner Capital and the Megginson group for undisclosed terms, and no job losses are expected from its London-based TV and film production business.
Guardian Media Group has acquired ContentNext, the operator of the Paidcontent media blog, in a £15m deal.
Pindar is to sell its Pindar Set directory printing business to Yell, but there are no plans for changes to the 1,600 staff or the directory production site in Scarborough.
BT Group has acquired Ufindus, the online business directory with 300 staff in Lancaster, Chorley, Blackpool, Barrow and Huddersfield, from Iomart for £20m.
Ten Alps has acquired Twenty First Century Media, the Tyneside-based video production company with operations in Glasgow, Leeds and London, for up to £0.8m.
All3Media has acquired Zoo Productions, the US-based TV production company, for undisclosed terms.
Technicolor is to relocate its London-based TV production studio and 40 staff from West Drayton to Lexington Street this autumn, and 16 new jobs will be created.
Resource Team, the Manchester-based online customer review firm, has undergone a management buy-in backed by Ingenious Media Active Capital.
CSS Stellar is to sell the PFD talent management agency to a consortium of investors for up to £4m, in order to focus on sports marketing and events.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is to consider plans from an unnamed international broadcasting company for the development of a £30m media centre in Fenton, including a TV studio and 200-seat auditorium.
Hasgrove is to merge its Connectpoint, Amaze and Pavilion digital marketing operations into an enlarged group called Amaze, and some of the 107 staff will relocate to new offices in Manchester and Liverpool.
Adventis Group has acquired Second2, the Thame-based technology marketing agency, for up to £10m, and the 38 staff will relocate to the Adventis office in Beaconsfield.
PSCA International, the magazine publisher with annual turnover of £12m and offices in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Royal Bank of Scotland.
United Business Media has acquired Next Level, the US provider of sales management and marketing services with 80 staff, for an initial £2.5m.
Town & Country Broadcasting has acquired Xfm South Wales, the Cardiff-based radio station with 30 staff, and it will be rebranded as Nation Radio.
SMG is to sell Virgin Radio to Absolute Radio and TIML of India for £53m, and £15m will be invested in the relaunch of the station under a new name.
JML is to create 20 new jobs at its online and TV shopping centre at Tyne Dock in South Shields by the end of the year.
Retec Digital has acquired Liquid Digital, the London-based screen communication and multi-media creative agency, for £0.3m.
SmartFocus has acquired ASTECH InterMedia, the US provider of data-driven marketing solutions for the news media industry, for £1.6m.
OpSec Security Group has acquired P4M Partners 4 Management, the German provider of online brand protection services with 16 staff, for up to £8m.
Independent News & Media is to invest £7m in the installation of two additional press towers at its magazine printing plant in Newry by 2009.
Easington District Council has approved plans from Coolmore Estates for the development of a £192m film studio at Dawdon in County Durham, including two hotels, a training centre and the creation of up to 2,400 jobs.
Creative Lynx, the Manchester-based design and marketing agency with 40 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
UBC Media is to sell its commercial radio business to Global Traffic Network for £15m, in order to focus on production, music downloading and digital radio software.
Taylor Nelson Sofres is planning to merge with GfK of Germany to create a combined London-based market research group with annual sales of £1.9bn.
Essentially is to acquire Sportseen, the Twickenham-based sports advertising company, for £9m.
Smoke & Mirrors is to invest £5m in the expansion of its London-based visual effects business, including the extension of its Beak Street office and the creation of new jobs.
Capital Ideas Financial Publishing is to buy the wealth management magazine titles of Charterhouse Communications out of administration for £0.2m.
The East of England Development Agency has awarded a £1.5m grant to EPIC to fund the installation of new equipment at the Norfolk County Council TV production centre in Norwich.
Avesco Group has acquired Charter Broadcast, the supplier of broadcast equipment and camera services, for an initial £2.1m.
Boosey & Hawkes, the classical music publisher, has been acquired by Imagem Music for £126m.
Cohn & Wolfe has acquired a majority stake in AxiCom, the London-based pan-European public relations agency with 82 staff.
Kcom has sold its 118 800 directory enquiries service to Connectivity of Reading for £1.5m, but Kcom will retain the operation of the line from its Hull base.
Trinity Mirror has acquired Rippleffect Studio, the Liverpool-based web design agency, for an initial £3.2m.
The BBC has sold its outside broadcast division to Satellite Information Services for undisclosed terms, including a fleet of 15 TV production trucks.
GCap Media is to accept a £375m takeover offer from Global Radio, creating a combined group with about 41% of the commercial radio market.
Opus TF is to merge with Nant to create a combined Welsh TV production company with more than 120 staff called Rondo Media.
Infoserve is to create a further 100 jobs at its Darlington-based internet search business over the next year.
NetPlay TV has acquired Bingos.com, the Majorca-based online bingo company operating in the UK, Spain, Italy and Poland, from Global Gaming Entertainment for £6.2m.
Ekay has acquired WFCA Integrated, the Kent-based marketing communications agency with 59 staff, for £8.5m.
Yahoo is planning to relocate its European headquarters and up to 70 management jobs from London to Switzerland.
Hat Trick Productions is to relocate its London-based TV production business from Soho to a 16,500 sq ft office at Oval Road in Camden.
Ten Alps has acquired Sovereign Publications, the London-based publishing firm with 33 business titles, for £2.6m.
The BBC is considering plans to relocate its Bristol studios and up to 730 staff from Whiteladies Road to a new digital production centre in the city.
Taylor Nelson Sofres is to acquire Compete Inc, the US digital market intelligence company, for an initial £38m.
Formation Group has acquired James Grant Media Group, the London-based talent management company, for an initial £12m.
Haynes Publishing has acquired Vivid Holdings, the Dutch provider of technical information to the automotive market, for £6m.
Yell is to relocate the Reading-based headquarters of its business directories business and 1,350 staff to the One Reading Central development in 2010.
Electric Word has acquired Special Education Publishing, the publisher of educational magazines, from Sussex Research for £0.9m.
Huntsworth has sold CapitalBridge, the identification, analytics and investor relations technology business with offices in London, France, Austria, Japan, South Africa and the US, to Ipreo for £16m.
United Business Media has acquired Vision Events, the operator of IT events with 50 staff in the US and Egham, from Gartner for £5.8m.
Thephonebook is creating 40 jobs at a new directory enquiries call centre opening at Festival Park in Stoke-on-Trent over the next few weeks.
Eros International is planning to relocate the London headquarters of its film production and distribution business from Park Royal to Manchester Square next year.
Taylor Nelson Sofres has acquired Prospera Research, the Swedish market research firm.
HIT Entertainment has sold Guinness World Records to US-based Ripley Entertainment for £60m.
WPP Group has acquired a 75% stake in HeathWallace, the Reading-based website design agency with 60 staff and annual revenue of £4.3m.
UTV Media has acquired Tibus, the Belfast-based web development and design firm, for £5m.
Hasgrove has acquired Politics International, the London-based public affairs consultancy, for about £3m.
RWS Holdings has acquired Document Service Center Technische Uebersetzungen und Software-Lokalisierung, the German technical translations company with 40 staff, for £6.8m.
Eaga has won a £500m outsourcing contract from the BBC to help people switch to digital TV over the next five years, which could create up to 350 jobs.
Midnight Transfer, the London-based film scanning company with 22 staff, has been acquired by Deluxe for undisclosed terms.
Mitcorp, the broadcast equipment supplier with offices in London, Leeds and Glasgow, has been acquired by Creative Video Productions for about £5m.
Greenfield Media has acquired Moonoo Productions, the Cardiff-based digital design and animation company.
United Business Media has acquired Exposure Events UK, the exhibition company, for up to £2.5m.
Clarion Events, the exhibition organiser, is expected to be acquired by private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson for £125m.
Bath News & Media is to relocate its Bath-based local newspaper business and about 100 staff to the Westpoint House development in James Street by May.
Freshwater UK has acquired Merlin Marketing & Public Relations, the Cardiff-based marketing and design agency, for up to £1m, and the 21 staff will relocate to Freshwater's Cardiff office in May.
RDF Media has acquired History Television International, the TV documentary production company, for £0.7m.
Hat Pin has sold The Talent Business, the marketing communications recruitment firm with six offices around the world, to management for an initial £1.5m.
Zest Group is to sell Greensleeves Group, the Isleworth-based reggae music publisher, to VP Records for £3.1m.
Plymouth City Council is considering plans from Urban Splash South West to set up a 6,000 sq ft film studio and production facility at the Royal William Yard, which could be used by a new local TV station called One Plymouth TV.
Dsi CMM has acquired K2 Group, the Manchester-based marketing and communications firm with 300 staff.
VTR has acquired Machine Effects, the London-based visual effects company, for £2m.
WIN has acquired Pocket Group, the London-based provider of mobile entertainment services, for up to £4.5m.
NEMS Market Research is looking to double the 70-strong workforce at its Billingham-based market research business over the next five years, and is currently seeking 20 new staff for its Computer Assisted Interviewing operation.
Aegis is relocating the London headquarters of its Vizeum media solutions business from Upper St Martin's Lane to an 18,000 sq ft office at the Qube building in the West End.
StrataMatrix is relocating its Aberystwyth-based public relations business and up to 20 staff to the Institute of Grassland & Environmental Research site at Gogerddan.
TMN Group is to acquire TAPPS, the Dutch direct marketing company, for £8m.
Pearson has acquired Money-Media, the US-based provider of money management information services, for undisclosed terms.
Skipton Building Society has acquired Broadsystem, the communications management and marketing services firm with 218 staff in Buckinghamshire and Bristol, for £7m.