ITV unveils plans to see off rivals
ITV is spending pounds 800 million on new drama and a brand new Saturday
evening schedule to take on Channel 5 and the new satellite channels
coming on air next year. In a presentation to advertisers and agencies,
network director Marcus Plantin promised more drama, special events,
comedy and sport, continued investment in soaps and a return to
screening US movies and series.
Future set to get into the movies
Future Publishing is planning to launch into the film magazine sector
early in 1997 with a monthly title, Total Film. Aimed at a male audience
aged 18-30, the magazine will be edited by Matt Bielby former launch
editor of SFX, Future’s science fiction title. The publisher will be Jim
Douglas former publisher of PC Gamer and CD-ROM Today.
New black title out next month
The Nation, a new black tabloid weekly newspaper, is set to launch on 28
October. Published by Western Hemisphere, a subsidiary of Idaho
Partners, The Nation will be features-led and edited by Richard
Adeshiyan, previously a researcher on the BBC News and Current Affairs
programme, Black Britain.
EC ordered to support Tongue
On 19 September the European Parliament voted to support the Tongue
Report: The Role of Public Service Broadcasters in a Multi-Media
Society’. This will oblige the EC to legislate in defence of public
service broadcasters of member states.
Classic FM to go techno
Classic FM is broadcasting a special technology week sponsored by the
Telegraph. Get Connected! will run from 14 October. Figures from the
Audit Bureau of Circulations put Classic FM Magazine’s 1995 UK/Eire
monthly average figures up by 94 per cent, from 19,835 to 38,574.
Laco leaves music for Disney
Phillipe Laco has been appointed as vice president and managing director
of the yet-to-be-named French Disney channel. MD of WEA Music, since
1991, Laco takes up his position on 1 October. No launch date has yet
been set for the channel.