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Media - 2005
Rank has sold its Deluxe film processing business to MacAndrews & Forbes of the US for £433m, in order to focus on gambling and leisure.
WPP is to acquire Bridge Worldwide, the US marketing agency with 120 staff.
Themutual.net is to acquire iD Factor, the Richmond-based online market research company, for up to £3m.
Gala is to acquire the Avago TV gaming channel from YooMedia, and will rebrand it as Gala TV by the end of 2006.
Aegis is to acquire Roland Berger's Market Research in Germany for up to £3.7m.
Datamonitor is to acquire Life Science Analytics, the US-based primary life science database company.
Schofield Publishing has acquired SB Communications, the London-based specialist healthcare publisher, for undisclosed terms.
Television Corporation, the TV production company, is to be acquired by Tinopolis.
Soho Editors is to invest £4m in the worldwide expansion of its post-production talent agency business, by opening six new branches and recruiting 1,500 freelancers.
Johnston Press has acquired Scotsman Publications for £160m, in order to expand its regional newspapers business.
Telegraph Group, the newspaper publisher, is said to be planning to relocate its London head office from Canary Wharf to Victoria next year.
Next Fifteen Communications is to acquire Credo Communications, the strategic communications consultancy with annual turnover of £0.3m, in order to expand its Bite Communications business.
Aegis is to acquire Univero, the Scandinavian market research company, for £10m.
Puzzler Media, the puzzle magazines publisher, has been acquired by DC Thomson for £85m.
Carillion has won a £230m contract from News International to build printing presses in Liverpool, Glasgow and London.
Reuters is to relocate its Nottingham-based software division to a 25,000 sq ft office in the city's Chapel Quarter.
Digital Classics is to acquire Box TV for £6m and NBD Holdings for £1.5m, in order to expand its TV production business.
Daily Mail & General Trust is to acquire Primelocation, the residential property website, for £48m.
ITV is to acquire Friends Reunited, the online business that includes genealogy, dating and jobs web sites, for up to £175m.
RDF Media is to acquire IWC Media, the Scottish TV production company, for £14m.
Apace Media has raised £7m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its TV production operations, and has also announced the acquisition of a 50% stake in Bulgarian cable and satellite company Diema Vision.
Smoke & Mirrors has acquired Red-Post Production, the London-based visual effects company with 20 staff, for about £1m.
The BBC has unveiled plans to expand its TV production operations outside London, with Scotland specialising in comedy, arts, factual, children's and entertainment, Wales on music, performance and documentaries and Northern Ireland on current affairs.
Trinity Mirror has acquired Paldonsay, the parent company of online recruitment business High Street Direct, for an initial £3.3m.
Shed Productions is to acquire Ricochet, the Brighton-based TV production company, for £30m.
Aegis Group has acquired Plus REMARK, the Turkish market research company, for £4m.
Red Bee Media is to acquire Australian Caption Centre, the subtitling and video services company, for £3.2m.
United Business Media has acquired Black Hat, the operator of IT security conferences in the US, Europe and Asia, for £6m.
Daily Mail & General Trust has acquired Expressions of Culture, the US-based exhibitions company, for £2.4m.
Ekay is planning to raise £3m in a flotation on Aim, in order to fund acquisitions and the geographical expansion of its advertising business.
WPP has acquired an 80% stake in Studiocom, the US-based digital marketing services agency with 55 staff, in order to expand its VML subsidiary.
Aegis Group has acquired Planete Interactive and Webcontents, the French digital marketing agencies, for up to £6m.
News International has acquired Propertyfinder, the online classified advertising business, for £14m.
Apace Media has acquired a 75% stake in Steadfast Television, the independent TV production company.
Mezzo Studios has acquired Keyframe, the Leeds-based animation, graphics and new media specialist, for undisclosed terms.
Pro-Bel has acquired Vistek Electronics, the supplier of television signal equipment, for £8.5m.
Centaur has acquired two logistics magazines - Supply Chain Business and Logistics Europe - from UK Transport Press for £0.3m.
The BBC has confirmed plans to relocate its Oxford Road site in Manchester to a new media zone that would also house independent broadcasters, and two sites in Manchester and two in Salford are being considered.
BSkyB is to acquire Easynet, the internet service provider, for £211m, in order to form a new Sky Broadband division.
Wilmington Group has acquired Ark Group, the London-based publishing and conferences company, for an initial £5.4m.
Redbus Film Distribution has been acquired by Lions Gate Entertainment of Canada for £20m.
Aegis Group has acquired Just Media, the London-based media planning and buying agency, for up to £10m.
Emap has acquired Worth Global Style Network, the London-based internet fashion news and trends company with 150 staff, for £140m.
MORI, the polling and market research company with 450 staff, is to be acquired by Ipsos of France for about £88m.
Granta Books, the book and magazine publisher, has been acquired by Sigrid Rausing for about £3m.
The Leadership Factor is to create up to 30 new jobs at its call centre in Huddersfield, due to rising demand for its customer satisfaction surveys.
The Number is to recruit up to 100 additional staff at its telephone directory call centre in Plymouth.
Aegis Group has acquired Kirowski, the Hungarian digital marketing services agency, for up to £6.8m.
NTL has reached agreement to acquire rival cable TV and telecoms company Telewest for £3.4bn, which could result in thousands of job losses through office rationalisation.
News International has sold The Times Educational Supplement and The Times Higher Educational Supplement to Exponent Private Equity for £235m.
Daily Mail & General Trust has acquired iMedia Communications, the digital marketing events and newsletter company, for up to £6.8m.
Switchco is to set up a 4,500 sq ft headquarters at the Met Building on London's Tottenham Court Road, in order to organise the UK's switch from analogue to digital TV.
Apace is to acquire MM Televizia, the Bulgarian TV broadcasting company, for £0.5m.
Real Affinity, the marketing services company, is to be acquired by Aim-listed cash shell Langbar International for £2.6m.
ITE Group has acquired DEW Events, the operator of footwear exhibitions, for an initial £3.4m.
Ten Alps has acquired Rock Hammer Productions, the Derby-based TV production company, creating a new division called Ten Alps Midlands.
Media Square has announced a £63m reverse takeover of the marketing division of Huntsworth, leaving Huntsworth to focus on public relations.
LBM is to create a further 300 jobs at its recently-opened direct marketing call centre in Belfast, and a new building will open at the Springvale Business Park in January.
Aegis Group is to acquire Brindley Advertising, the Irish advertising agency, for an initial £2.6m.
Netb2b2 has acquired Fernhart New Media, the Croydon-based web site design and interactive TV consultancy, for up to £2.5m.
Incisive Media has acquired the remaining 80% of Global Professional Media, the publisher of trade magazines for the legal profession, for £5.7m.
Datamonitor is to acquire Verdict Research, the market analysis company, for up to £4.7m.
United Business Media has sold its Exchange & Mart and Auto Exchange publications to the Exchange Enterprises subsidiary of Newsquest for £50m.
Johnston Press is to acquire Local Press, the Belfast-based newspaper publisher, for £65m, as well as the Leinster Leader group in the Irish Republic for £94m.
Chrysalis has sold its book publishing division to a management buy-out for £12m.
Euromoney Institutional Investor is to acquire TelCap, the magazines and conferences company, for up to £17m.
Wilmington has sold its drinks industry publishing division to William Reed Publishing for £2.2m, including trade magazines and events.
Video Island is to acquire Brafilm for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its online DVD rental business into Sweden and Norway.
Air Music is to acquire Maximum Entertainment, the distributor of children's entertainment on DVD, for £0.4m.
CSS Stellar is to sell its GEM Europe marketing services business to Passhold, a newly-formed company backed by private equity firm Kaye Enterprises, for £2m.
Aegis Group has acquired Market Equity, the Australian market research company, for an initial £6.6m.
Trinity Mirror is planning to acquire Hotgroup, the recruitment company, for £50m.
Formation Group has acquired Imagealert, the Preston-based outdoor sports advertising company that trades as Richard Carpenter Associates, for up to £1m.
MediaZest is to acquire Touch Vision, the audio and screen subsidiary of Touch, for £3m.
Daily Mail & General Trust has acquired Zambeasy and Office Recruit for a combined £4.1m, in order to expand its Associated New Ventures division.
Royal Mail and Royal TPG Post are to sell Postal Preference Service, the direct marketing company, to Interactive Prospect Targeting Holdings for £4.3m.
Cellcast is planning to raise £4.5m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its interactive TV business.
United Business Media has acquired three US-based online and events companies for a total £30m, including Light Reading, Informex and TechOnLine.
Huntsworth is to acquire The Anne McBride Company, the US communications company, for an initial £1.4m.
Garnett Dickinson is investing £20m in the development of a new printing plant at Brookfield Park near Rotherham, and the press should be operational by January 2006.
Trinity Mirror has acquired Financial Jobs Online, the owner of the GAAPweb online recruitment site, for an initial £10m.
Aegis Group is to acquire Alban Communications, the London-based media planning and buying agency, for up to £8m.
Avalon Television has acquired Liberty Bell, the independent TV production company with offices in Newcastle and London.
Huntsworth is to acquire Context Research International for £3m and Brand Health International for up to £5m, in order to expand its public relations business in the healthcare sector.
Aegis has acquired Glue London, the London-based digital creative agency with more than 60 staff, for £15m.
RDF Media is to acquire the remaining 65% of Touchpaper Television, the independent drama production company, for £2.7m.
Johnston Press has completed the acquisition of Score Press, the former SRH division that includes 45 local newspaper titles in Scotland and Ireland, from Emap for £155m.
The North Devon Journal is to relocate to a new 6,000sq ft building in Barnstaple in February 2006.
Reed Exhibitions is to set up a 35,000 sq ft office in Richmond, Surrey, in order to consolidate staff from three existing sites.
Thomson Intermedia has acquired Billetts, the media consultancy, for up to £13m.
Cello Group has acquired RS Consulting, the market research and business consultancy, for up to £4.8m.
Huveaux is to acquire Epic Group, the Aim-listed online learning provider, for £23m, and JB Balliere Sante, the French medical publishing company, for £8m.
Chime Communications has acquired Baxter-Hulme, the Macclesfield-based public relations consultancy, for an initial £0.3m.
Chorion has acquired Silver Lining Productions, the US TV production and merchandising company, for undisclosed terms.
Trinity Mirror is to acquire Smart Media Services, the internet marketing portal, for up to £17m.
South West Screen has secured funding for a £1.1m scheme to help companies expand in the South West-based film and media industry, including support for research initiatives and business development plans.
Cello Group has acquired The Value Engineers, the Buckinghamshire-based brand development company, for £7.2m.
United Broadcast Facilities has acquired CTV Outside Broadcasts, the London-based company with 85 staff, from National Mobile Television for an estimated £15m.
Garlands is creating a further 70 jobs at its call centre in Hartlepool, taking the workforce to 1,400.
Emap Communications has acquired DeHavilland Information Services of London for £18m.
Inmedia Communications, the satellite services company, is to be acquired by Macquarie of Australia for £70m.
Research Now is planning to raise £5m in a share placing on Aim to fund the expansion of its online market research business.
Screen Technology is planning to raise £10m in a share placing to fund the development of a new system for producing large visual display screens.
Creston is to acquire Red Door Communications, the London-based public relations company with 32 staff, for up to £14m.
United Business Media has acquired the US-based Incoming Calls Management Institute for £2.1m, in order to expand its CMP Media subsidiary.
Aegis Group has acquired Digithais Network Company, the Thailand-based marketing agency, for up to £3.4m.
Cello Group has acquired Leapfrog Research & Planning, the Windsor-based market research company, for up to £6m.
Chime Communications is to acquire VCCP, the London-based advertising agency with 90 staff, for £30m.
The BBC is to sell its BBC Broadcast transmission business to Macquarie of Australia for £166m.
Pearson is to acquire AGS Publishing, the US educational publisher, from WRC Media for £148m.
Emap is to acquire the remaining 73% of Scottish Radio Holdings, and SRH's regional newspaper business will be sold to Johnston Press for £155m.
All3Media has agreed to acquire Mersey Television, the Liverpool-based TV production company, in a deal estimated at more than £40m.
WPP has acquired Dynamic Logic, the online market research company with 65 staff in the US and London, in order to expand its Millward Brown business.
Imagesound has acquired Ideal Music, the supplier of music and radio services to retailers with offices in Newbury and London, for an initial £0.6m.
Delling Group is to acquire Full Bredde, the Norwegian subcontractor for delivering printed marketing material, for £0.3m.
QVC is looking to recruit 120 extra staff for its TV shopping business in Knowsley.
United Business Media is to acquire Theme, the hospitality magazine, and Bar, the hospitality exhibition, from Mondiale Publishing for £5m.
Local Radio Company has acquired Bath FM, the Bath-based commercial radio station, for an initial £0.4m.
Leader Communications, the Henley in Arden-based public relations agency, has merged with The Immediate Consultancy of Solihull.
Reed Elsevier is to relocate the distribution centre for its Harcourt Education business to a 200,000 sq ft warehouse at Shirley Park Farm in Rushden by the end of the year.
Autocue International has been acquired by Root Capital for an estimated £2m.
Aegis Group is to acquire AMT, the Italian market research company, for an initial £1.1m, in order to expand its Synovate global research network.
Mind's Eye Productions, the producer of interactive TV games, has been acquired by Walt Disney Company of the US for undisclosed terms.
Daily Mail & General Trust is to build a flexo printing plant in Didcot by 2008, as part of its planned £100m move to full-colour newspapers.
Newsco, the regional newspaper publisher with annual turnover of £3m, has undergone a management buy-out.
Aegis Group is to acquire the outdoor media-related assets of JKJ Media Services of the Philippines for up to £8m, as well as HYPERmedia of Poland for up to £4.9m and ARTea of France for £2m.
T&F Informa has acquired IIR Holdings, the trade conferences and exhibitions group with more than 3,000 staff in 70 countries, for £768m.
Scottish Radio Holdings is to acquire Donegal Highland Radio of Ireland for about £4.7m.
Tarsus Group is to acquire two French exhibition companies - Mobile Office SA and Heavent SAS - for up to £10m.
Eicom has acquired Job Channel, the interactive job advertising channel, from Multimedia Television for an initial £0.1m.
Vertigo Films is looking to raise up to £4m in a private share placing to fund new films and the development of a TV distribution business.
Huntsworth is to acquire Neisser Communications, the Austrian communications company, for up to £0.8m.
Freshwater has acquired Quantum PR, the Birmingham-based public relations company, for undisclosed terms.
QA Research is creating 20 new jobs at its York-based market research business over the next 12 months.
Northcliffe Newspapers is seeking planning permission to build a £50m printing plant near Elsham in North Lincolnshire to print four local evening newspapers.
Pinewood Shepperton has won outline planning permission to invest £40m in the expansion of its two film production facilities near London over the next ten years.
T&F Informa is looking to spend up to £300m on acquisitions to expand its publishing and conferences business.
Yell is to acquire TransWestern, the US publisher of 332 phone directories, for £861m.
Freshwater, the Cardiff-based public relations and marketing company, has secured a £0.5m investment from Finance Wales, and is planning to expand from 32 staff in four offices to over 50 in seven or eight offices by early next year.
Audio Processing Technology, the Belfast-based audio compression company with 15 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Crescent Capital and Trinity Venture Capital.
Telewest has acquired full ownership of Sit-up TV, the owner of Price-drop TV and Bid TV, in a £98m deal.
Future has acquired Cheat Planet, the US computer games website, from Echo Software & Hardware for £4.6m.
United Business Media has acquired ABI Building Data from Emap for £12m, in order to improve its services to the construction and property markets.
Chrysalis is to acquire the 106 Century FM radio station in the East Midlands from GCap Media for £29m.
Telewest Broadband is to create 70 jobs at its call centre in Brierley Hill, including 50 new posts and 20 existing vacancies.
NTL is to sell its Irish cable TV operations to UnitedGlobalCom for £221m, which is expected to help clear the way for a merger with Telewest later this year.
Ulster Television is planning to acquire The Wireless Group, the owner of the TalkSport radio station, for £98m.
Media Steps is to raise £2.5m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its system for advertising on public staircases.
Highbury House is to sell 38 magazine titles to Future for £31m, in order to focus on its computing, video games and photography publications.
Aegis is to acquire Medyaturk, the Turkish media planning & buying agency, for up to £8m.
ITV has acquired SDN, the digital TV multiplex operator that carries ten Freeview channels, for £134m.
Aegis is to acquire Molecular Inc, US internet technology consulting firm, for up to £16m.
Colab, the Coventry-based photographic company with 39 staff, has been bought out of administration by a management team.
Campus Vision is planning to raise £2m in a flotation on Aim this summer, to fund the development of its Newcastle-based university broadcasting business.
Superior Creative Services, the Melksham-based marketing and communications company with 118 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Penton Media Europe, the business-to-business media company, has undergone a management buy-out from its US parent company, in a deal backed by Northern Venture Managers.
Clegg Construction has won a £6m contract to refurbish the Leicester-based headquarters of the Leicester Mercury over the next 14 months.
United Business Media is to sell its NOP World market research division to GfK of Germany for £383m.
KAE, the London-based strategic marketing consultancy, is to be acquired by Optimisa for £1.9m.
Zig Zag Productions is to set up a new office in Brighton with Lace International to develop new TV and DVD ideas, and is also looking to open an office in New York.
Quarto Group has acquired Premier Books of New Zealand for an initial £2.1m.
United Business Media has acquired DotNetJunkies.com and SqlJunkies.com, the independent online communities, in order to expand its CMP Media division's software development media business.
YooMedia has acquired ViaVision, the London-based independent TV broadcaster and production company with annual revenue of £1.3m.
LBM is planning to set up a direct marketing call centre at the Springvale Business Park in Belfast in April, with the creation of an initial 300 jobs.
Stage Three Music is to acquire Mosaic Music, the US rock music catalogue, for about £22m.
Sanctuary Group is to acquire Twenty-First Artists, the music management company, for £16m.
Pinewood Shepperton has bought Teddington Studios out of administration for £2.7m, and will use the west London site to expand its TV and sound operations.
Scramble is in the process of relocating its London-based audio studio from Covent Garden to Soho, and staff numbers will double to more than 20.
East Midlands Development Agency and Lincolnshire Enterprise are planning to set up a £2m media and computing centre at the University of Lincoln, in order to improve the links between the university and local companies.
Tarantula International, the London-based marketing services company with 27 staff, has been acquired by WPP.
Yorkshire Forward is planning to set up a Digital Media Centre in Barnsley in 2006, in order to provide facilities for 70 creative companies.
Hit Entertainment, the children's media rights company, has accepted a £489m takeover offer from private equity group Apax.
Intandem is to raise £1.2m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its film financing business.
RDF Media is looking to expand its TV production business through acquisitions, and a strategic review is expected to consider the possibility of a flotation.
Ipsos UK is setting up a new market research call centre in Lowestoft, and the initial 50-strong workforce is expected to rise to 100 over the summer.
Curious Software, the supplier of broadcasting graphics software with 13 staff, is to be acquired by Vizrt for £4.7m.
Adwalker is to raise about £2m in a flotation on Aim to fund the development of a body pack that displays advertising on a computer screen.
GDS Publishing, the publishing and events company, is setting up an office in Cardiff that will create 75 jobs over the next 12 months.
Aegis has acquired Aztec Information Systems, the Australian market research company, for up to £33m.
Highbury House Communications has sold Highbury Local Publications, the publisher of local magazines in London and Essex, to Archant for £6.1m.
Derby City Council is planning to set up a £3.2m creative business hub in the city centre, for up to 40 firms involved in graphic design, film-making and computer games.
Taylor Nelson Sofres has acquired Interscience Informacao, the Brazilian market research company, for undisclosed terms.
Incepta is to undergo a £200m merger with Huntsworth, creating a combined public relations business with 3,000 staff in 125 countries.
Aegis Group has acquired Columbus Quanti, the Belgian market research company with 40 staff, for an initial £3.8m.
Acoustiguide Corporation, the supplier of audio guides to museums, has been acquired by Espro of Israel for £1.9m.
YouGov is planning to raise £3m in a flotation on Aim to fund the development of its online polling business.
Huntsworth is to acquire Sinclair Mason, the Leeds-based public relations company, for an initial £1.1m.
Incepta is in merger discussions with Huntsworth to expand its public relations and marketing business.
MediaZest has raised £2m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its instore marketing promotions business.
Johnston Press is to build a £60m newspaper printing plant on the site of the former Dinnington colliery in South Yorkshire by August 2006.
Enteraction TV has acquired Red Fig, the interactive TV specialist, and Red Fig's 25 London-based staff will relocate to Enteraction's site in Vauxhall.
Telegenic, the outside broadcast company, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Milestone Group is to raise £1.1m in a share placing on Aim to fund applications for local radio licences and the expansion of its local media network.
Twofour Productions is to relocate its Plymouth-based TV production business and 130 staff to a £2m site at Estover in May, with the creation of 36 new jobs.
Daily Mail & General Trust is to invest more than £100m in new colour printing capacity for its national newspaper titles.
ITV has sold its Superhire props hire business to Space Holdings for £8.2m.
P&MM has acquired AYM Services, the performance improvement agency that provides motivation and incentive programmes, for £0.7m.
Creston is to acquire DLKW, the London-based advertising agency with 157 staff, for up to £38m, partly funded by a £10m share placing.
Highbury House Communications is planning to sell its BCom business publishing operations to Ergo Science Corporation for £10m.
United Business Media is to acquire the licensed trade sector publishing and events operations of Quantum Business Media for £21m.
RWS Holdings has acquired Eclipse Translations, the Northumberland-based provider of translation services, for £2.3m.
Eicom has acquired Arts & Entertainment Programming, the owner of the Performance Channel, from DMG Television for £0.4m.
Aegis Group has acquired De-construct, the London-based digital creative agency, for an initial £1.2m.
Future Network has acquired A&S Publishing, the motoring magazines and events company, for £6m.
Equinox is relocating its public relations business to larger premises at the Llanishen Business Park in Cardiff.
United Business Media is to acquire a number of medical trade press and other professional healthcare business information services in France from MediMedia for £25m.
TV Commerce is planning to raise £2.5m in a flotation on Aim to fund the development of its satellite TV channel.
Vislink is planning to acquire Link Research, the supplier of wireless camera systems for broadcasting, for up to £11m.
Inmedia has acquired the Cast media transmission facility in London, including equipment, premises and 22 staff.
Haymarket has acquired the Eve magazine publishing business, which has 32 staff, from BBC Worldwide for undisclosed terms.
Local Radio Company has acquired KCR FM, the Liverpool-based radio station, for £0.5m.
New Crane, the consumer publishing company, and Cottage Publishing, the publisher of puzzle magazines, have been acquired by Seven Publishing for £14m.
Crow Television is to set up a new post-production facility at Shepherds Building in west London in March, and its 22-strong workforce is expected to double this year.
Robson Brown, the Newcastle-based advertising agency with 120 staff, is looking to open an office in central London and is currently in the process of recruiting staff.