Three of the country's biggest festival promoters have signed three-year sponsorship deals with IPC Ignite!, the men's and music division of IPC Media. The deals with Mean Fiddler for Reading and Leeds, DF Concerts for T in the Park and Metropolis Music and, lastly, SJM Concerts and MCD Productions for V Festival, will see the NME brand feature at each event. As part of the deals, the NME will sponsor and host a combination of stages and signing tents at the festivals. The magazine will also have exclusive news access on the bands playing, as well as backstage gossip.
Northcliffe Newspapers Group has had the fine imposed on it two years ago for predatory pricing upheld by the Competition Appeal Tribunal. The company was fined £1.3m by the Office of Fair Trading in July 2001 after Aberdeen Journals was found to have abused its dominant position in the city. Despite a lengthy appeal lodged last September, the CAT this week maintained its findings, although it reduced the fine to £1m.
IPM, Interpublic's outdoor planning and buying arm, has appointed Alan Valler as business development director following a raft of new business wins. The company has been appointed the outdoor specialist for Pure Media, replacing Poster Publicity on the task, and has also been handed the planning and buying for Panasonic's corporate campaign, replacing incumbent Portland. Vallar joins from his position as account director at Concord.
James Brown is leaving his I Feel Good magazine company after its sale to Dennis Publishing. Brown, the former chief executive and editor-in-chief at the company he launched three years ago, will continue to work at Dennis as a consultant. The acquisition means that Bizarre, Viz, Fortean Times, Leeds Leeds Leeds and Jack have now officially become Dennis titles.
The shortlist of entries for this year's Regional Press Awards has been announced. Weekly newspapers nominated are: Banbury Guardian, Kent Messenger, Rutland and Stamford Mercury, Shrewsbury Chronicle, South London Press and The Bucks Herald. Evening titles are: Edinburgh Evening News, Hull Daily Mail, South Wales Argus, The Argus, The Citizen and The Lincolnshire Echo. Daily/Sunday titles are: Eastern Daily Press, Sentinel Sunday, Sunday Mercury, The Press and Journal, The Western Mail and the Western Daily Press. Free newspapers are: the Beverly Advertiser, East Riding Gazette, Harlow Star, Kent on Sunday, London Jewish News and the Manchester Metro News.
The Independent has won the exclusive media sponsorship rights from The Guardian for the University of London Careers Service (UCLS) over the next three years for an undisclosed fee. The sponsorship will centre the UCLS's recruitment fairs in December and June and will coincide with specially produced supplements and magazines within the newspaper, alongside additional activity at the events.
Independent bookmaker Betfred is to sponsor ITV1's regional Soccer Sunday next season. The deal with Betfred, part of Done Brothers, is worth about £400,000 and will promote the launch of its online betting service on Soccer Sunday, presented by Manish Bhasin, and a midweek sports programme. Both regional sports programmes feature action from local Nationwide League clubs, with news on the top football stories of the week.