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Space & Time, Kerrang!, Kinetic, Practical Parenting, Total Media, TalkSport, Cedar, Teachers' TV, mag distribution, and Pepsi.

Space & Time retains £3m Countryside account

Surrey-based agency Space & Time Media has retained the £3m media planning and buying account for specialist property developer Countryside Properties, beating off PHD Compass, Agenda and BDW for the account.

Kerrang! campaign highlights breadth of playlist

Emap's West Midlands-based guitar music radio station Kerrang! 105.2 has unleashed a high-powered poster campaign throughout the region, starting yesterday (Monday), to highlight the breadth of its playlist.

Kinetic buys PHD out of Outdoor Connection

Out-of-home media group Kinetic has agreed a deal with PHD to buy its shareholding in Outdoor Connection. On completion, Kinetic will own 100% of the company.

Practical Parenting sponsors Baby Channel show

IPC SouthBank's magazine Practical Parenting has joined forces with the world's first parenting TV channel, Baby Channel, to sponsor its twice-daily Pregnancy & Birth programme, starting yesterday (Monday), as part of a 10-month deal.

Total Media lands investment body's business

Total Media International has won the £1.5m media planning and buying account for North of England Inward Investment following a three-way media pitch. The multi-media campaign, which breaks on 2 November, will include promoting the North of England in the US with a digital message about the region on the NASDAQ Marketsite's Tower in New York's Times Square.

TalkSport clinches weather forecast deal

The UK's only nationwide commercial speech radio station, TalkSport, has clinched a deal worth more than £500,000 to have its weather forecasting sponsored by portable heating and air-conditioning specialists Andrews Sykes. The 12-month agreement started in September.

Cedar retains account for British Airways magazines

British Airways has reappointed Cedar Communications to publish its range of in-flight magazines and sell a growing number of media opportunities.

One in five tune teachers in to specialist channel

More than one in five teachers with access to digital television have watched the Government's Teachers' TV channel in its first six months, according to a board of governors' interim report published today (Tuesday).

Consumer affairs minister joins distribution debate

Consumer affairs minister Gerry Sutcliffe will this week intervene in a Parliamentary debate about the Office of Fair Trading decision on press distribution. This marks increasing government involvement in the issue, following on from media secretary Tessa Jowell's letter to the OFT stating she was "increasingly concerned" by their proposals.

Pepsi plans branded football World Cup challenge

Soft drinks giant Pepsi is to stage a branded content campaign, The Pepsi Max World Challenge, in the run-up to next year's World Cup. Twenty-four teenagers -- two each from 12 countries -- will take on a series of football challenges at grounds around the world, including Manchester United and AC Milan, with soccer stars such as David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho. It will be screened in the UK by Channel 4 from April 2006.

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