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
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
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).