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Media - 2003
Archant has acquired a further 15 weekly newspapers in London and Kent from Independent News & Media for up to £10m.
Wilmington Group has acquired Agence de Presse Medicale International, the French provider of a health information service, from Reuters for £5.3m.
Chrysalis and Eckoh Technologies have sold their Rivals Digital Media internet business to UKbetting for £2m.
Emap has acquired Print D'Or, the French jewellery trade fair, for £1m.
Milestone Group is to sell its Time FM and Fusion 107.3 FM radio stations in London to Sunrise Radio for £1.2m.
Tarsus Group is to sell its French magazines division to Action Commerciale for a nominal sum.
United Business Media has acquired Eurisko, the Italian market research company, for £23m.
Chime Communications has acquired TTA Public Relations, the property marketing company, for an initial £0.6m.
YooMedia is to acquire GoPlay TV, the interactive games channel, from Sony Pictures Entertainment for £6.4m.
Independent News & Media is to sell its London regional newspaper operations, including 12 titles, to Archant for £62m.
NTL is to relocate its customer accounts department from Stockton to Nottingham, which could lead to the loss of up to 40 jobs.
Informa is to acquire PJB Publications, the Surrey-based news publisher with 240 staff, for £120m.
Granada, the TV broadcaster, is to close its Albert Dock site in Liverpool and relocate up to 20 staff once a suitable alternative has been found in the city centre.
Trinity Mirror is to sell its regional newspaper operations in Ireland to venture capital group 3i for £46m.
The BBC is planning to set up giant TV screens in city centres across the country, following a six-month trial in Manchester.
Electric Word has acquired Primary File Publishing, the educational publisher, for £1.1m.
Virtue Broadcasting is to acquire Kamera Holdings, the Swedish provider of webcasting and content distribution services, for about £2.5m.
The Department for Education & Skills is to invest £1m in the development of a digital TV station for teachers next year, in partnership with Brook Lapping, Carlton and the Institute of Education.
The BBC is looking into the possibility of relocating more TV production operations from London to Manchester, as part of the review of its Royal Charter which expires in 2006.
Granada Media is to relocate Meridian Broadcasting from Southampton to a new £6m site near Fareham, with the loss of 175 jobs, while some work will transfer to London.
Capital Radio has acquired two Choice FM radio stations in London, in a £12m deal that involves buying the remaining 81% of Tainside.
LBM is to open a 30,000 sq ft direct marketing call centre in Altrincham in September 2004, with the creation of 600 jobs.
Taylor & Francis is to acquire Dekker, the US scientific, technical and medical publisher with 170 staff, for £82m.
Sanctuary Group has acquired Creole Records, the reggae music company, for £1.3m.
Pro-Bel, the Reading-based supplier of broadcasting automation equipment, has undergone a £11m management buy-out backed by the private equity arm of Lloyds TSB.
SP Holdings has acquired Retail Source, the retail brand marketing consultancy, in order to expand its SP Active subsidiary.
Taylor & Francis has acquired Swets & Zeitlinger, the Dutch publisher of scientific and medical books with 37 staff, for £12m.
United Business Media has acquired The Oncology Group and Cliggott Publishing from SCP Communications for £22m, in order to expand its CMP Healthcare Media division in the US.
Future Network has acquired the Guitar One magazine in the US from Cherry Lane Magazines for £1.5m.
Express & Star is to acquire Guiton, the Channel Islands-based newspaper publisher and chain of 41 shops, for about £76m.
Media Square has acquired PrePrint Imaging, the Leeds-based retail marketing services company with 76 staff, out of receivership for up to £0.5m.
Scottish Radio Holdings is to acquire Capital Radio Productions, the Irish operator of the FM104 radio station, for £18m.
MGt is to create a further 100 jobs at its call centre in Kirkcaldy, having won contracts from broadcasters ITV1, Channel 4 and Five.
The Number is recruiting 150 additional staff at its telephone directory call centre in Cardiff.
Future Network is to acquire Computec Media UK from its German parent company for £3.2m, which will involve the transfer of staff and computer magazine production to Future's office in London.
Aegis has acquired PSI, the airport advertising company, for an initial £5.2m, in order to expand its Posterscope business.
Huntsworth has acquired Haslimann Taylor, the Sutton Coldfield-based public relations company, for an initial £1.3m.
Proquest Alison, the car manufacturer's information service, is to set up a 30,000 sq ft office at Aspen House in Reading.
The Irish News is planning to invest £8m in the installation of a new printing press in Belfast, in order to bring its newspaper printing operation back in-house.
Archant is to invest £12m at its Thorpe newspaper printing plant near Norwich by December 2004, with the creation of 14 jobs.
Granada Media is said to be considering plans to relocate its Meridian regional news operation away from Southampton, and a number of sites in Hampshire are being considered.
Air Music & Media has acquired the Original Record Company, the owner of the New Sound 2000 record label, for up to £3m.
Granada and Carlton have won government approval for a £4.5bn merger, which will help the ITV companies compete with the BBC and BSkyB.
Aegis is to acquire Isis Research, the supplier of healthcare research services, for £16m.
WPP is to acquire Mungenast Dialog Marketing, the German direct marketing agency with 50 staff.
BSkyB is to create 300 new jobs at its customer contact centres in Livingston and Dunfermline.
RM has acquired Peakschoolhaus, the Nottinghamshire-based education inspection and training provider, for up to £2.9m.
Sanctuary Group has acquired Music World Entertainment, the US music artist management company, for £6.1m.
Jaywing is planning to establish a new direct mailing business at Pride Park in Derby, with the creation of up to 25 jobs over the next two years.
Forever Broadcasting has sold the Juice Liverpool radio station to Absolute Radio for £3.1m.
Reed Elsevier, the publishing group, is to set up a new 25,000 sq ft headquarters at Trafalgar Square in London.
Huveaux is to acquire Fenman, the Cambridgeshire-based publisher of training materials with 16 staff, for £6m.
Howell Petersen, the public relations and marketing company with 24 staff, is considering plans to open a new headquarters at Cardiff Gate Business Park.
The Number is to recruit a further 100 staff for its directory enquiries call centre in Plymouth, taking the total to 850.
IBNet has announced the £8.2m reverse takeover of online advertising company The Deal Group, creating a new company called Deal Group Media.
Maverick Entertainment is to raise £2.1m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its children's programming and video distribution business.
Reuters is planning to relocate its London headquarters from Fleet Street to a 281,000 sq ft office at Canary Wharf in spring 2005.
Daily Mail & General Trust has acquired Sitescope, the provider of property and environmental risk information, for £12m.
Creston is to acquire Nelson Bostock Communications, the London-based public relations company with 49 staff, for £11m.
North West Vision has secured a £6m European grant to invest in the local film and TV industries on Merseyside, with the creation of about 200 jobs.
Aegis is to acquire Censydiam Group, the Belgian market research company, for £4.6m.
Acxiom is to recruit a further 150 telephone-based staff and about 40 executives at its 2Touch customer contact call centre in Sunderland.
MORI, the polling research company with 350 staff, is in negotiations to sell the business to Isis Equity Partners for about £50m.
Boosey & Hawkes, the music publisher, has agreed terms for a £40m management buy-out backed by Stirling Square.
Aegis has acquired the remaining 75% of Blackstone Market Facts, the Indian market research company, for an initial £0.6m.
Informa is to acquire MMS International, the publisher of foreign exchange information, for £22m, and significant job cuts are expected to follow.
McIntyre & King, the Liverpool-based provider of direct marketing support services with 450 staff, has been bought out of administration by a management team for undisclosed terms.
Future Network is to acquire Guitar World and other magazine titles from Harris Publications for £10m.
AskAlix has announced plans to recruit an extra 40 staff at its call centre in Stockton, following a rise in demand for its internet business directory.
Loop Customer Management is to set up a new call centre at Thornbury in Bradford over the next few months, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Johnston Press, the regional newspaper publisher, is to set up a new £40m printing plant in Sheffield by 2006.
Liverpool Film Office is setting up a new headquarters on Wood Street in partnership with North West Vision, in order to promote the city as a location for movies.
Anderson Manning Associates is to set up a new telesales call centre in Londonderry with the creation of 100 jobs, and its existing site in Bangor will be expanded with a further 150 jobs.
Taylor Nelson Sofres has sold MRM Promotional Services to a management buy-out for undisclosed terms, securing the future of 120 jobs, and MRM is seeking new premises in Leicestershire.
Tribal Group has acquired Geronimo Public Relations for £14m, in order to expand its public sector professional services business.
Euromoney Institutional Investor has acquired HedgeFund Intelligence, the hedge fund publisher and event organiser, for up to £16m.
Response Handling is to create 190 jobs through a £1.5m expansion of its call centre in Glasgow.
Positive Contact is planning to increase the workforce at its telemarketing call centre in Runcorn from 100 to about 400 over the next few years.
Watermark Group has acquired Media on the Move, the distributor of newspapers and magazines to the airline industry.
Taylor & Francis has acquired Frank Cass & Co, the London-based journal and book publisher, for £9.5m.
Kleeneze has sold its DMG display marketing business to Premier Direct for £4.1m.
United Business Media has acquired Aprovia UK, the construction industry publishing company, for £79m.
Edotech has acquired Lasertech of Switzerland, in order to expand its independent customer communications business.
Highbury House Communications is to acquire Paragon Publishing, the publisher of 33 consumer magazines, for £32m.
RM has acquired SIR, the data management and statistical services provider that trades as Forvus, for an initial £4.5m.
Media Square has acquired BANC, the London-based brand and advertising consultancy, in order to expand its Equanim marketing communications business.
WPP has acquired Centrum voor Marketing Analyses, the Dutch market research company with 100 staff, in order to expand its Millward Brown business.
Crown Sports is to sell its Crown Content publishing business in Australia to Sportsbrand Media Group for £1m.
The BBC is planning to open a new radio station in Coventry, using a city centre site.
The BBC has awarded a £5.7m contract to Mowlem to build a new broadcasting centre in Leicester by September 2004.
Bowmer & Kirkland has won a £4.5m contract from The Gazette Media Company to build a press printing facility on Teesside.
Cordiant Communications is to sell its Financial Dynamics public relations business to a management buy-out backed by Advent International for £26m.
The Number is to double the number of staff being recruited for its new directory enquiries call centre in Plymouth to 600 by August.
The BBC is to raise £800m in the bond market to finance the redevelopment of its Broadcasting House headquarters in London, which will be a two-stage project involving Land Securities and Morgan Stanley.
Mean Fiddler is to sell its AM radio station to Sunrise Radio for £1.5m, while its bars and restaurants are being sold to Lynnet Leisure for £2m.
Rank has acquired Disctronics, the CD replicator with factories in Blackburn, Crawley, France and Italy, for £34m, in order to expand its Deluxe film services business.
Virtue Broadcasting has sold its Virtue Media Services division to Interoute Communications for £0.8m, as part of a strategy to focus on the corporate communications market.
Ealing Studios has announced that Vanguard Animation is to set up a digital studio at its site in Ealing this summer, as part of the £50m redevelopment of the site.
Amaro Professional Distribution is planning to create up to 400 jobs at its Gateshead-based leaflet distribution business this year, and aims to set up warehouses in Yorkshire, London, the north-west and Scotland.
Huntsworth is to acquire Hatch Group, the public relations company with offices throughout the UK, for £1.6m.
WPP has agreed to acquire Cordiant Communications for £266m, which will strengthen its position in marketing services, Latin America and Asia.
Quadrant is to relocate its corporate communications business and 30 staff to a new 4,200 sq ft corporate headquarters at Greenmeadow Springs in Cardiff in July.
Espotting Media, the London-based online advertising company valued at £101m, is to merge with FindWhat.com.
Scope Creative Marketing has merged with Paradigm to create a combined Sheffield-based marketing agency with 85 staff called Dig for Fire.
Winchester Entertainment is planning to acquire Cobalt Pictures, the film financing and marketing company.
Avesco has sold Creative Technology Outside Broadcast to NMT Outside Broadcast for up to £1.3m.
AskAlix is to create a further 35 jobs at its internet directory telesales centre on Teesside this year.
Tarsus Group is to sell its Exhibition Bulletin magazine to Mash Media Group for £1.1m.
Tribal Group has acquired Davies Byatt, the research consultancy, for £2.3m, and MPC, the corporate communications company, for £3m.
Huddersfield New College is seeking permission to build a £1.5m media and IT centre.
BSkyB is considering plans to expand its in-house advertising department, in order to produce low-cost commercials for first-time TV advertisers.
Carlton Communications is to dispose of its 25,000 sq ft Knightsbridge headquarters in London, and staff may be relocated to its office in St Martins Lane.
Friday-Ad, the publisher of an adverts-only newspaper, is to set up a call centre at the former ITV Digital site in Pembroke Dock, with the creation of 120 jobs.
EQ Group has sold TV Innovations, its US-based healthcare communications division, to management, in order to focus on its UK marketing services business.
Media Square has acquired Le Fevre Communications, the regional public relations company with offices in London and Oxford.
Channel 4 is said to be planning to open a new office at the Pacific Quay site in Glasgow.
Mining Journal, the London-based mining industry publisher with 34 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Aberdeen Murray Johnstone Private Equity.
Guardian Media Group is seeking acquisitions to expand its radio division, which currently includes five regional radio stations.
Chime Communications has sold its Smithfield Financial public relations business to management for undisclosed terms.
Sports Resource Group, the sports marketing company, has agreed terms for a £6.6m management buy-out.
Mice is looking to spend up to £120m on acquisitions to expand its exhibitions and conferences business.
Mushroom Records is being acquired by Warner Music of the US for an estimated £15m.
Taylor Nelson Sofres has acquired NFO, the US market research business of Interpublic, for £264m.
Cinven and Candover are in negotiations to acquire the BertelsmannSpringer scientific publishing division of Bertelsmann of Germany, in a £700m deal.
The BBC is launching a new venture capital subsidiary called BBC Vecta, in order to start up new companies to develop and sell broadcasting services around the world.
MGt is to create a further 200 jobs at its Kirkcaldy call centre, which provides a range of customer support services to leading companies.
Duckworth, the independent publisher, has been bought out of administration by a group of US investors for undisclosed terms.
Dennis Publishing is to acquire the I Feel Good publishing company for £5.1m, in order to expand its Choice Publishers division.
Pearson is to invest £20m in a joint venture with Edexcel, which will administer public examinations under the name of London Qualifications.
Ambient has sold its World Market Analysis research business to the founder of Global Insight for £1.2m.
WPP has acquired Sadek Wynberg Research for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Millward Brown market research division.
WPP has acquired a 40% stake in Marktest Investimentos, the Portuguese market research and media audience management company with 210 staff, in order to expand its Kantar Media Research division.
Bloomsbury Publishing has acquired Berlin Verlag Beteiligungsgesellschaft and BvT Berliner Taschenbuch Verlags, in order to expand its literary publishing business in Germany.
Photo-Me International has acquired the Central Lab Equipment division of the former Gretag Imaging company in Switzerland for £1.4m, in order to expand its photo laboratories business.
Littlewoods is to relocate about 250 jobs in its JCM media business from Edge Lane in Liverpool to a new office in Whiston, while 50 staff in its Business Express division will also move to Whiston.
Aegis has acquired the media buying assets of Independent Media Services of the US for £5m.
AnswerCall Direct is setting up a new £7.3m telemarketing call centre in Armagh with the creation of more than 400 jobs.
Incisive Media has acquired Risk Waters, the financial publisher, for £35m.
Emap is to acquire Excelsior Publications, the French publisher of consumer magazines, in a £64m deal.
Express Newspapers is planning to relocate its London headquarters from Blackfriars to a 198,000 sq ft building in Upper Thames Street next year.
Alpha Newspaper Group of Dungannon has merged with the Northern Newspaper Group of Coleraine, creating a combined newspaper publishing company called Northern Alpha.
Zenith Entertainment, the TV production company, is to undergo a management buy-out backed by private equity firm ProVen.
Highbury House is to acquire Cabal, the magazine publisher, for £10m.
Sterling Publishing has acquired Analysis & Networking, the organiser of pharmaceutical industry conferences, for an initial £0.4m.
Voicentric is setting up a new call centre in Consett, with the creation of up to 60 jobs over the next 12 months.
Decker Media, the Nottingham-based media sales company, has been acquired by Adbus Transport Advertising.
Future Network has agreed to acquire Hachette Digital Presse, the French publisher of computer games magazines, for £3.5m.
Enic, the sports and media group with investments in Tottenham Hotspur and Rangers, is to be taken private in a £40m deal agreed with Kondar and its independent directors.
MGt is to create 25 new jobs at its call centre in Kirkcaldy, having won an outsourcing contract from Simply Television.
Huveaux is to acquire Lonsdale, the publisher of study aids, for up to £6.8m, and the deal will be funded by a £7m share placing.
Taylor & Francis has acquired CRC Press for £60m, in order to expand its scientific publishing business in the US.
MM Group is setting up a new £1.5m customer relationship call centre in Bangor, with the creation of 41 jobs.
Channelfly has sold its Power Promotion dance music promotions business to management for £0.2m.
Oxford University Press has bought the Grove dictionaries business, which will involve the transfer of 11 London-based staff.
MEPC is to proceed with plans to replace the Leavesden movie studios near Watford with a new 200,000 sq ft studio, as part of the £400m redevelopment of the site.
Podia is to sell Jardine Communications, the public relations consultancy, to Global Acquisitions for £0.2m.
Eleco has acquired Leonardo Internet, the provider of integrated web and print design solutions for the construction industry, for £0.2m.
SHL Group has sold The Resourceful Services Group, the holding company for the Park Human Resources recruitment advertising and consulting business, to Work Communications for £4.6m.
Emap has acquired Agor SAS, the French operator of trade exhibitions, for £21m.
Taylor & Francis has acquired Bios Scientific Publishers, the publisher of medical and biological books and journals, for £2.7m.
Propaganda, the marketing and PR consultancy with 23 staff, is to open a new head office in Leeds city centre.
LBM is to create up to 500 jobs at a new £1.5m direct marketing call centre near Stockport, which is due to open in April.
Screen Network is to expand its TV network service to a further seven shopping centres nationwide this year, providing shoppers with advertising, news, features and traffic information.
Pacific Media is to acquire Sirius Retail Television, the operator of three TV shopping channels, for an initial £3m.
Radio First is to acquire Efugio Actividades, the operator of English language radio stations overseas, for an initial £1.1m.
Pearson has acquired S&P ComStock from McGraw-Hill for £74m, in order to expand its 60%-owned market data services subsidiary Interactive Data Corporation.
WPP is to expand its Red Cell communications services network in London with the acquisition of a 49% stake in HHCL from Chime Communications for £3.5m.
Media Square has expanded its marketing services business with the acquisition of FI Direct, FI System, e-principals and Fourninety, gaining 61 additional staff in Leeds and Manchester.