Paramount channel launched
Viacom-owned companies Nickelodeon and Paramount have launched the
Paramount Channel, a new cable and satellite service which will have a
‘Friday night on Channel 4 feel’. It will air between 8pm and 4am,
following Nickelodeon which runs from 6am to 8pm, and will target adults
aged 25-35. The programme line-up for the service will feature mainly
situation comedies and comedy dramas. A UK version of the US
entertainment news shows Entertainment Tonight is also being produced.
Scots titles stay on course
European Press Holdings, the new owner of the Scotland on Sunday, The
Scotsman and the Edinburgh Evening News has ruled out a change of
editors or editorial direction for the three titles in the foreseeable
future. EPH, which owns the European newspaper and is controlled by
David and Frederick Barclay, acquired the titles from The Thomson
Corporation last week for between pounds 80 and pounds 90 million.
Hands up at Harpers
Newby Hands has been promoted to associate editor of Harpers and Queen,
but retains her position as director of health and beauty.
Loos joins Company
Rachel Loos, woman’s editor of the Daily Mirror, has been appointed
assistant editor of Company magazine with effect from December. She
joins the recently appointed editor Fiona McIntosh who also worked on
the Daily Mirror.
Future overtakes NatMags
Pearson-owned Future Publishing has overtaken the National Magazine
Company as the fifth largest UK publishing house ranked by cover price
revenue, according to new figures from publishing information company
The Magazine Business. Sales of the first issue of Future’s Total
Football magazine, launched in August 1995, hit 81,490, well over the
expected 75,000 circulation.
ITV should reschedule news
Half of all adults believe that ITV should be allowed to schedule the
News at Ten at whatever time best suits it, according to a survey
produced by CIA Media Lab.