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NTL is continuing a gentle recovery to health after emerging from bankruptcy earlier this year and has signed 27,000 new customers during the first three months of the year. The cable broadcaster now has 2.7 million subscribers to its home division, which supplies TV, telephony and broadband services to households.


Nick Crisp, who left PHD earlier this year, has joined TCS Media as a senior planner and buyer. He will work across a number of accounts at the media independent, which has recently boosted its new business with a series of wins.Crisp was previously media manager at PHD and has more than 20 years' experience in the industry.


The Financial Times' Scottish advertising sales team has been named the Best National Press Display team at Scotland's annual sales' awards. The team, which is headed by Catherine Markey, has won the award twice in three years and was voted for by 60 media buyers from across Scotland.


Attheraces, the interactive horseracing channel, has signed its first major sponsorship deal since its launch on Sky last year. Betfair, the online bookmaker, is sponsoring the Going Guide on the channel, which is an update on the conditions of racecourse grounds that is broadcast several times a day. The six-figure deal is expected to run for the next 12 months.


John Brown Citrus Publishing has bought children's creative agency and contract publisher Act-Two. The company, which works with brands including Nickelodeon, will be renamed John Brown Junior.


Carat has picked up the entire pan-European media planning and buying business for Arla Foods. The client, which owns Lurpak and Anchor, held a review in order to consolidate its agency business, worth £44m, across Europe.


Mindshare, PHD, Carat and Mediacom have been shortlisted in a review of the media business for Argos Retail Group. The client is expected to consolidate its Argos and Homebase accounts into one agency.


Viacom Outdoor and The Spectator have won the advertising contract for Mercedes following a pitch against The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Adshel, JC Decaux and Wallpaper. The win comes through a competition run by BJK&E called the DaimlerChrylser Media Award.


The Sun, increasing by 5p to 30p, became the latest newspaper to go up in price this week, moving even further from the recent price war with the Daily Mirror. Another national to increase its cover price was The Sunday Telegraph which went up by 20p at the weekend, ending a three-year stint at £1.

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