Planet Media - A speed-read guide to the major developments of the week

InterContinental Hotels Group, Havas Media, MediaCom EMEA, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Yahoo, MySpace UK, EMI Music, ITV, Ofcom, BBC, Channel 4, Virgin Media, Discovery Networks EMEA, UKTV, Clear Channel Outdoor, Global Radio, News International, The Guardian, Pearson, Emel, The Economist Group, Dennis Publishing, PHD, Cannon, Guardian Media Group, Nielsen Global.

Planet Media - A speed-read guide to the major developments of the week
Planet Media - A speed-read guide to the major developments of the week


Hotel group's £80m review
InterContinental Hotels Group has kicked off a review of its £80m global media account. The review, which covers brands including Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and InterContinental, may result in the consolidation of the business into one media network. In Europe, Carat handles media duties for three IHG brands - Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Express by Holiday Inn.

New co-bosses for Havas
Havas Media has announced that Gabriel Saenz de Buruaga and Anthony Rhind will jointly take the helm at Havas Digital when chief executive Don Epperson steps down at the end of this month. In their new roles as co-chief executives, de Buruaga and Rhind will focus on developing client services, product development and new initiatives.

MediaCom's key hires
Nick Lawson, who was appointed chief executive of MediaCom EMEA last year, has finalised a string of changes to the network's regional team. Lawson confirmed the promotion of Karen Blackett, managing partner and marketing director of MediaCom UK, to EMEA chief operations director. Among other hires, Matthew Mee, MediaCom UK's managing partner for strategic solutions, has been appointed EMEA head of strategy.

PSA reviews £350m account
PSA Peugeot Citroen is reviewing its estimated £350m pan-European media. OMD handles the £67m UK business and PSA's media in Denmark, Switzerland and Russia.


Bartz to lead Yahoo
Yahoo has hired Carol Bartz, the executive chairman of US software outfit Autodesk, as its new chief executive, replacing Jerry Yang who stepped down to his former role of chief Yahoo in November. Yahoo president Sue Decker is to resign to move on to "other challenges" after working with Bartz to ensure a smooth transition.

Jaman offers films online
Former MySpace UK and Europe managing director David Fischer is behind the launch of a new online movie service, Jaman, in the UK. Fischer is serving as managing director of UK and international operations for Jaman. launched in 2007 with a library of independent and international films.


Allen joins EMI Music
Former ITV chief executive Charles Allen has been appointed non-executive chairman of music label EMI Music. Allen stepped down as ITV's chief executive in 2006 and since then he has picked up several chairmanships. Among these, last June he became chairman of Global Radio and in September joined the boards of Endemol and Virgin Media.

ITV sale speculation rises
ITV is reportedly being courted by investment banks ahead of a potential takeover bid. The Independent on Sunday reports that UBS and Goldman Sachs have met ITV. RTL Group, owner of Five, has again been suggested as a potential suitor.

Ofcom fines broadcasters
Ofcom doled out £240,000 in fines to all 15 holders of ITV regional licences for failing to invest at least 50% of their budgets on programming that originated outside London during 2006 and 2007.

Carter backs commercial
Communications minister Lord Carter has pledged to help maintain a strong commercial sector to provide competition to the BBC. Carter is putting the final touches to the Government's Digital Britain report that aims to ensure future growth across the communications, technology and broadcasting sectors. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport denied reports that Carter's forthcoming report will propose merging Channel 4 into a wider but yet-to-be-formed public service broadcaster. In parallel with Carter's initiative, Ofcom will soon publish its final report into the future provision of public service content. Both reports will shape government policy and, potentially, a future Communications Act.

Virgin/Setanta VoD offer
Virgin Media has agreed a deal with Setanta Sports to bring a range of its sport content to its video-on-demand service. The launch of Setanta Replay on Virgin Media will offer a range of content, including Barclays Premier League games, FA Cup matches, England home friendlies and World Cup qualifiers to Virgin Media customers.

Discovery hires Rey
Discovery Networks EMEA has hired BSkyB executive David Rey as its chief operating officer. Rey, business development director at BSkyB, will join in August.

UKTV extends Dave brand
UKTV is to extend the reach of male-focused channel Dave, with the launch of Dave +1 on Freeview this week. It will launch Dave +1 from 2pm on Thursday (22 January), and it will subsequently air daily between 8am and 4am.


Clear Channel in HD launch
Clear Channel Outdoor has launched 250 new high-definition poster sites with a Conservative Party campaign booked by MPG and Posterscope. Clear Channel said it chose the best 250 locations from its 1,200 96-sheets in the UK to launch the new technology, which it claims "bridges the gap" between paper and paste posters.


Global to axe 40 jobs
Global Radio is to axe just over a third of its online and interactive team as Stephen Miron, its recently appointed radio chief executive, concludes his first key review. About 40 staff are expected to go as the firm enters into consultation with a number of its 112-strong department.


Creative job for Newbery
News International's commercial unit has appointed Abba Newbery, managing partner at Universal McCann, as its creative solutions director. Newbery will take on the high-profile role next month.

National titles cost more
More national newspapers have raised their cover prices, as falling circulations and drops in ad spend continue. The Guardian and its Sunday sibling The Observer raised their cover prices by 10p from yesterday (19 January) to 90p and £2 (from 18 January) respectively. The News of the World and Sunday Mirror both increased cover prices by 5p to £1 last weekend. The moves follow the Daily Mirror increasing its cover price by 5p to 45p on 12 January.

FT owner has good news
FT owner Pearson said FT Publishing produced good sales and profit increases last year despite the slow-down in the advertising market in the fourth quarter. Unveiling an update ahead of the publication of 2008 results on 19 February, Pearson warned it is planning on the basis that the worldwide economic environment "will be tough and that trading conditions will continue to be challenging".


Mafham is new Emel editor
Muslim lifestyle magazine Emel has hired former Express Newspapers' ad director Justin Mafham as its first publishing director. He will oversee the international expansion of the title, which claims to have sub-scribers in more than 60 countries.

Economist to shed 13 jobs
The Economist Group is to make job cuts in its UK business following a restructure of its commercial activities that will result in a new strategic sales unit. Up to 13 jobs are to go across the group's conference, economisti intelligence unit and commercial services.

Dennis' new poker mag
Dennis Publishing is to launch a new poker magazine, InsidePoker Business, which claims to be the world's first poker magazine to have an exclusively B2B focus. The magazine will add to Dennis' portfolio of other poker titles, PokerPlayer and InsidePoker.

IN THE NEWS - Omnicom's PHD wins Canon's £50m EMEA media account
As exclusively revealed by, Omnicom's PHD has won Canon's consolidated £50m media planning and buying account in EMEA, the bulk of which was handled by Mediaedge:cia.

The appointment of PHD follows a final three-way battle involving Interpublic's Universal McCann and Aegis Media's Carat.

The account includes the camera firm's £10m media planning and buying duties in the UK, held for the past six years by MEC's sibling agency BJK&E, now rebranded as Maxus.

"Some of the BBC's expansionary activities are undermining the commercial sector's ability and incentives to invest in UK digital content" - Guardian Media Group chief executive Carolyn McCall, speaking at the Westminster eForum Keynote Seminar: Digital Britain

8.2% - Year-on-year decline in UK ad spend in Q3 2008
Source: Nielsen Global AdView Report

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