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Hachette Filipacchi has reissued its most recent ABC figure for Elle after it over-estimated the average for January. The revised total is 200,398 for the July to December 2002 period, compared to 212,505. The publisher has appointed the ABC as official auditor of its portfolio of nine magazines.

 

Walker Media has been working with Marks & Spencer Financial Services on the launch of its new loyalty card. MediaVest Manchester currently handles media planning and buying for the retail store's financial business.

 

Online pay-for-performance search engine Espotting.com is to merge with Nasdaq-listed FindWhat.com, a provider of performance-based marketing services for the internet. The transaction valued Espotting at £97m.

 

The Smash Hits Chart Show is to shift from Five to Channel 4 this autumn. The Emap show will be broadcast in the weekend T4 strand from September.

 

Q magazine will put together an album to accompany next week's Glastonbury music festival, featuring 40 artists scheduled to appear at the event. Publisher Emap Performance has also been selected to produce the official programme given to ticket-holders and will publish the Q Glastonbury Daily free newspaper at the event.

 

Regional newspaper publisher Johnston Press has given a lukewarm prediction of the company's status for the first part of the year. Against the comparable period in 2002, like-for-like advertising revenues grew by two per cent, a trading statement said, and the first five months of the year had been encouraging and ahead of expectations.

 

The Government has moved into ad-funded programming for the first time with a business "makeover" series, Working Wonders. Sponsored by the DTI, the four-part series begins this week across ITV1 Carlton regions.

 

Last week's Government reshuffle saw Gerry Sutcliffe MP become the new competition minister at the Department of Trade and Industry. Former minister for broadcasting and tourism at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Kim Howells, joins the Department of Transport.

 

Barbara Cassani, the newly appointed chairman of the London 2012 Olympic bid committee, has said that Granada boss Charles Allen may be involved in the bid following his success as chairman of Manchester's Commonwealth Games last year. A spokesman for the DCMS said any participation would depend on the proposed Granada/Carlton merger.

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