MEDIA: BRIEFS

Christian TV gets backing

Christian TV gets backing



ARK2 Television, Britain’s first Christian cable television Channel

which delayed its launch because of a lack of funding, has secured

financial backing of pounds 1million. A final decision on whether to go

ahead with transmission will be made in October.



Dunblane restraint urged



The Press Complaints Commission is urging media organisations to reduce

the scale of their presence in Dunblane following the murder of 16

children and their teacher last week. The PCC has not received any

formal complaints about the behaviour of newspaper or magazine

journalists in Dunblane but it issued an advice note to all editors on

Friday March 15 warning them of ‘the fine line between public interest

and private suffering’.



Pearson profit rise



Pearson, the media entertainment and information group, increased pre-

tax profits for 1995 by 23 per cent to pounds 365m. Operating profit

dropped by five per cent to pounds 260m, largely because of a pounds

35m drop in operating contribution from BSkyB in which Pearson sold its

stake.



Garden series sponsorship



Southern Water is to sponsor Meridian Broadcasting’s Grass Roots

gardening series as part of a wider campaign to encourage gardeners to

use water more effectively.



Commercial radio advertising revenue for the fourth quarter of 1995

stood at pounds 77.6million, the highest ever quarterly revenue. It

brings the total 1995 commercial radio ad revenue to pounds 270.2

million, representing year-on-year growth of 22.7 per cent.



Sports building title launched



Sports Build ing and Design, a quarterly publication, is to be launched

in September by Kent-based publishers Pennington Publications. It will

cover developments in the construction and design of sport and leisure

facilities.



IT tests published on the Net Emap Computing Labs, Europe’s largest

publisher-owned computer testing facility, is launching an Internet

archive of independent IT product tests (http:llwww.emap.com/labs).



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