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Reader's Digest is to create 85 jobs at a new call centre in Swindon next year.
ITV has confirmed plans to relocate its Manchester-based TV studio to MediaCityUK in Salford in 2012.
ThinkBDW has bought Robson Brown, the Newcastle-based advertising agency, out of administration, securing jobs for some of the 90 staff.
Lloyd International Translations, the Cheshire-based provider of technical translation services with 40 staff, has been acquired by Welocalize of the US for undisclosed terms.
Twitter of the US is said to be considering plans to open an office in London in 2011.
Faversham House, the environmental publisher with 100 staff, has undergone a £4m management buy-out backed by Matrix Private Equity Partners.
Zolfo Cooper has sold the R2 Communications media agency out of administration to WTTW Communications, securing 20 jobs, while the Bath-based Attinger Jack division has been sold to a former owner.
ITV is to soon decide whether to relocate its Granada TV studio to MediaCity UK in Salford.
ROEye, the Manchester-based affiliate management agency, is expanding into London with a new office in Camden.
Unruly Media is setting up a new 5,900 sq ft office on Fashion Street, London E1.
Bloomberg is planning to build a new 500,000 sq ft headquarters for its media business at Walbrook Square in London.
The British Film Institute is to take on the responsibilities of the axed UK Film Council, including the allocation of the £15m lottery fund for movies.
Chrysalis, the music publishing group, has been acquired by a joint venture between Bertelsmann and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts for £107m.
Virgin Media is planning to create a new Wi-Fi broadband network, using secure public locations across the country.
Amaze is to relocate its Manchester-based marketing business and 120 staff to a 16,500 sq ft office at the Number One First Street Building.
Monkey Kingdom, the London-based TV production company, has been acquired by NBC Universal for undisclosed terms.
VMIX of the US is expanding into the UK online video market with its two new offices at 151 West George Street in Glasgow and 1 Liverpool Street in London.
Electric Word has acquired Radcliffe, the publisher of healthcare books, for an initial £1.5m, having raised £2.5m in a share placing.
Pagoda Public Relations has acquired Morhamburn Consultancy to create a combined Edinburgh-based public relations agency with 15 staff.
BBC Worldwide has sold its 50% stake in the Animal Planet and Liv TV channels to Discovery Communications for £97m.
Concept4 has acquired Fusion Web Development, the Chorley-based digital technology firm.
United Business Media has acquired Publishing Expo, the operator of a London tradeshow for the publishing industry, from Legend Exhibitions for £0.3m.
Fuse8 has acquired Delete Digital Marketing, the recently-formed London-based digital agency, in a £0.4m deal.
The BBC is seeking a suitable location outside London to set up a new animation studio, and will start recruiting a creative team early next year.
Warner Bros is to proceed with plans to develop a new £100m film studio at Leavesden in Hertfordshire by 2012, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Lime Pictures is to set up a Conker Media digital fiction production centre at MediaCityUK in Salford next spring, in partnership with BBC North.
Universal Pictures is to set up a 107,000 sq ft office at Central St Giles in London's West End.
Twofour has acquired The Rocket Science Group, the London-based corporate communications firm, for undisclosed terms.
Bloomsbury has acquired Duckworth Academic and Bristol Classical Press from Gerald Duckworth & Co for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its academic book publishing operation.
Mere Mortals is looking to expand its Tyneside-based film and TV production business with new offices in Manchester and the Middle East.
Specific Media is to relocate its London-based interactive media office to a 25,000 sq ft unit at Central St Giles near Tottenham Court Road.
Mindshare is to set up a 78,000 sq ft office for its media planning business at Central St Giles in London.
ITV West has sold its 67,000 sq ft Bristol headquarters to Cube, in order to transform the site into a media village.
Lancaster University has acquired The Work Foundation, the London-based economic research group with 43 staff.
Compact Media Group, the London-based entertainment rights administrator, has undergone a £17m management buy-out backed by Lyceum Capital.
Touch Local is planning to create 100 new jobs at its online directories call centre in Stockton this year.
Creativeworld of Lancashire is planning to open a design and marketing office in London.
FremantleMedia is to acquire a further 51% stake in Ludia, the interactive games developer, taking its total stake to 80%.
Tribal Group has sold the trade and assets of Kindred Agency, the London-based communications agency with 50 staff, to a management team for a nominal sum.
South West Screen is working on proposals to develop a film production studio at a 13-acre former industrial site at Hengrove in Bristol.
Applied Language Solutions of Oldham has acquired Translate4me, the Harrogate-based translation services firm with six staff.
Red Vision VFX is to set up a 3D TV studio at Newton Heath in Manchester next year, with the creation of 26 jobs.
The Weather Lottery has acquired ClickNow, the provider of online marketing services to not-for-profit organisations.
The Office for National Statistics is creating 35,000 temporary jobs to work on the 2011 census of England and Wales.
Ecosse Films is seeking creative talent for its newly-opened film production office in Glasgow.
Television Versioning & Translation is setting up a 4,000 sq ft office at 578-586 Chiswick High Road in London.
Panther Securities is to acquire the freehold of Merton Studios in Wimbledon for £4.7m, and a new company has been formed to operate the four-acre site as an independent film studio.
ITV is to sell its 50% stake in the Screenvision cinema advertising business to US private equity fund Shamrock Capital Growth Fund II for £50m.
VOICE is planning to expand the workforce at its Sheffield-based telemarketing business from 270 to 750 by 2011, having just opened a new 25,000 sq ft office at The Mount.
Customer Research Technology is to relocate its Coventry-based market research business and 26 staff from the Business Innovation Centre in Binley to its own building.
Amazon is said to be looking to acquire Lovefilm, the online movie rental firm valued at £200m.
Motive Television is to acquire a 68% stake in Adecq Digital, the Spanish TV technology firm, for £1.6m.
United Business Media is to acquire Canon Communications, the US-based trade shows operator with 343 staff worldwide, from Spectrum Equity Investors for £185m.
Fresh Egg is planning to set up a new headquarters for its web design business at a former Allied Carpets store in Worthing, and its workforce will rise from 40 to 60.
Motive Television is to acquire the assets of NXVision, the Dunfermline-based internet TV company, out of liquidation.
Universal Pictures is said to be seeking 80,000 sq ft of office space in London's West End, as the lease expires at its existing headquarters in 2012.
Global Radio is to expand its Capital London radio station across the country, with the consolidation of its Galaxy and Hit Music brands into the Capital network.
Alpha Newspaper Group has bought the Newry Democrat newspaper in County Down from Thomas Crosbie Holdings for undisclosed terms.
Stanley Gibbons has acquired M&N Haworth, the stamp dealer, for £0.3m.
Progressive Digital Media Group has acquired Canadean, the Basingstoke-based provider of market intelligence to the beverage industry, for £9m.
Latitude Digital Marketing is setting up a 7,972 sq ft office at Mandarin Court in Warrington.
Alterian has acquired Intrepid Consultants, the market research consultancy with 40 staff in the US and London, for up to £7.5m.
LinkedIn Europe, the online business networking firm, is setting up a 7,400 sq ft office at 17 Gresse Street in London's West End.
Belfast Metropolitan College is to build a new £15m education centre in west Belfast by 2012, including TV and radio production studios.
Metrodome has acquired Target Entertainment, the TV distribution rights management firm, for £0.8m.
All3Media has acquired Optomen, the TV production company, for an estimated £40m.
United Business Media has acquired The Route Development Group, the Manchester-based operator of aviation route development events, for an initial £8m.
Euromoney Institutional Investor is to acquire Arete Consulting, the online publishing firm, for up to £10m.
YouGov is to acquire Harrison Group, the US marketing and strategic research consultancy, for an initial £3.8m.
Shed Media, the TV production company, is to be acquired by Time Warner of the US for £100m.
Satellite Information Services is to relocate its broadcasting production and engineering operation from London to a 25,000 sq ft office at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays, where it will employ more than 100 staff.
Pearson is to acquire America's Choice, the US provider of school improvement services, for £50m.
BSkyB is to create a further 400 jobs at its new call centre in Stockport over the next few months.
Pearson has acquired Wall Street Institute, the US provider of language training services, for £58m.
RTL Group has sold Five, the London-based TV channel, to Northern & Shell for £103m.
Bertram Group has confirmed plans to relocate its library services division from Leeds to Norwich in September, with the creation of up to 130 jobs.
The BBC is planning to relocate its Marketing, Communications & Audiences division, its Future Media & Technology department and its Breakfast programme to MediaCityUK at Salford Quays.
BBC Worldwide has sold an 85% stake in BBC Audiobooks, the Bath-based publisher with 140 staff, to a new company called AudioGo for more than £10m.
BMG Rights Management is to acquire Stage Three Music, the London-based music publisher, from Apax Partners and Ingenious Ventures.
The Neighbourhood is to relocate its Manchester-based design studio and 11 staff to a larger office on Lever Street in September.
Direct Visual is looking to recruit ten additional staff at its video equipment business in Elland.
Yell is to create up to 60 new sales jobs at the Yellow Pages telephone directory call centre at Donegall Square in Belfast.
Office Response is creating 30 new jobs at its Bristol-based telephone answering business.
SDL has acquired Xopus, the Dutch provider of online XML editing services, for an initial £1.3m.
Motive Television has sold its Brown Eyed Boy TV production subsidiary to Shine Group in a £0.2m deal.
Creston is to sell its London-based DLKW advertising business to the Lowe subsidiary of The IPG Group of Companies for £28m.
Fuse8 Group, the digital marketing company with offices in Leeds and Russia, is to be acquired by investment firm Award International for £5m.
Archant has acquired KOS Media Publishing, the Kent-based newspaper and magazine publisher with 70 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Trinity Mirror has confirmed plans to relocate its Manchester-based MEN Media newspaper publishing business to Oldham in September.
Cryptic Peach has sold its Manchester-based media training business out of administration to Soho Editors Training and Amsys.
BSkyB is to acquire a number of TV channels from Virgin Media for £160m, including Living, Challenge and Bravo.
RDF Media, the TV production company, has been acquired by Zodiak Entertainment of France for an estimated £150m.
Centaur Media has acquired Taxbriefs Holdings, the provider of tax information services, for £1.9m.
Headland Media has acquired NewsLink Services, the provider of news and information services to seafarers.
The BBC is expected to unveil plans for the multi-million pound transformation of the Television Centre in west London into a 23-acre "creative quarter", providing space to other media companies.
Garnett Dickinson has acquired Native Publisher Services, the magazine distributor, for undisclosed terms.
Fresh Group is planning to expand the Cheadle-based headquarters of its events and communications business, providing space to increase the workforce from 67 to 90.
Yell has acquired Trusted Places, the operator of a local reviews website.
MF Management is to acquire PFD, the literary agency, to create a new company called The Rights House.
UKFast is planning to recruit up to 60 sales and account management staff at its Manchester-based web hosting business, and will also launch a new recruitment division.
Liverpool Football Club is to relocate its TV and digital media operations from Garston to 20 Chapel Street in Liverpool city centre.
Pearson is to acquire Melorio, the London-based vocational training firm, for £99m.
DotDigital Group has acquired Netcallidus, the Northamptonshire-based digital marketing agency, for up to £1m.
WebAnywhere is creating up to 50 jobs at a new 10,000 sq ft office for its educational websites business at the Aire Valley Business Centre in Keighley.
Amaze is to expand the 25-strong workforce at its new digital marketing agency office at the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool with 12 additional staff.
Ten Alps has acquired Grove House Publishing, the publisher of trade media in the farming sector, for an initial £0.7m.
IQPC is to relocate its conference planning business to a 24,000 sq ft office at 129 Wilton Road, London SW1.
Engine Group has bought the Jam social media unit of I-level out of administration, securing the future of 20 jobs.
HandMade, the owner of HandMade Films, is to be acquired by a new company called Almorah Services for £2.3m.
Twenty is to sell DFPP, the holding company of Dataforce Interact, to HOV Global Services for an initial £7.2m.
The British Film Institute is to draw up a shortlist of architects this summer for the development of a new headquarters and film centre on the South Bank in London.
G-Forces is seeking permission to extend its internet services office near Maidstone, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Ant Marketing is to recruit an additional 30 staff at its Sheffield-based telemarketing business, having won a new contract for the JD Williams fashion catalogue.
CNBC and NBC Universal are said to be looking into the possibility of relocating their central London TV operations to a new 100,000 sq ft location.
STV Group is to sell Pearl & Dean, the cinema advertising firm, to a new company called Image for a nominal sum.
Rapier, the advertising agency, is setting up a 25,000 sq ft office at the Battleship Building in London W2.
Admiral PR is looking to open new public relations offices in Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Northern Ireland, and expects to increase its 14-strong workforce to 30 over the next five years.
Durrants has acquired the Gorkana news service for journalists for about £25m.
Reader's Digest has sold its UK-based magazine publishing business out of administration to private equity firm Better Capital for £13m, securing the future of 100 jobs.
Euro Media Group has acquired Aerial Camera Systems, the Surrey-based supplier of film and TV cameras with 40 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Chrysalis has acquired First State Media Group, the Irish owner of publishing rights to 45,000 songs, for £11m.
Cimex is expanding its digital agency business by opening a regional office at Portland Tower in Manchester city centre, and additional offices will be opened in other cities over the next three years.
Infoserve is to expand the Darlington office of its online marketing business, with the creation of up to 120 jobs.
AP Global Media Services is to open a new TV broadcasting studio in central London in May.
Freshwater UK has acquired Profile Plus, the Edinburgh-based PR agency, for up to £0.4m.
Independent News & Media is to sell The Independent national newspaper to the Russian owner of the Evening Standard for a nominal sum.
Ebiquity is to acquire Xtreme Information Services, the international advertising monitoring firm with 300 staff, from VS&A for £18m.
The BBC is to relocate its Learning department and up to 32 jobs from London to MediaCityUK in Manchester.
McCann Manchester is to acquire Blue Banana, the Manchester-based market research agency with five staff.
Robson Brown, the Newcastle-based advertising and marketing agency with 95 staff, has been acquired by Round2 of the US.
Milk is to employ 15 staff at its new digital media office at 111 Piccadilly in Manchester.
BSkyB is to open a 23,500 sq ft Sky TV call centre at St Peter's Square in Stockport in June, with the creation of 550 jobs.
The BBC is to revive plans for the development of a 130,000 sq ft music centre for the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Wood Lane in London.
Bigmouthmedia of Edinburgh is to merge with Lost Boys International of the Netherlands to create a combined website marketing business with 1,800 staff, and £35m of private equity will be invested.
United Business Media has acquired Game Advertising Online, the New Zealand-based online advertising agency, for up to £4.5m, in order to expand its TechWeb subsidiary.
UBC Media has acquired Above the Title, the radio production company, for up to £1m.
Fitness TV of Huddersfield has merged with Body in Balance TV to create a combined fitness broadcasting group called Media Health & Fitness.
Brighton Housing Trust has acquired Blue Rocket, the East Sussex-based public relations firm, for undisclosed terms.
Trinity Mirror is to acquire 32 regional newspaper titles from Guardian Media Group for £45m, with the transfer of about 790 staff and the relocation of MEN Media from Manchester's Spinningfields to Oldham.
Access Point UK is to create ten new jobs at its Southport-based marketing promotions business.
Adventis Group has acquired bChannels, the Oxford-based technology marketing firm with 24 staff, for up to £4.5m.
Twenty has acquired The Moving Service, the London-based consumer data firm trading as Moveme, for an initial £1m.
Education Development International has acquired Peter Honey Publications, the Maidenhead-based supplier of self-assessment learning services, for £1.1m.
Warner Brothers is planning to set up a permanent studio in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, as part of an estimated £100m investment programme.
Redcar & Cleveland Council has unveiled plans to set up a £7m centre for creative industries at an undisclosed location in Redcar.
Niocom has acquired Central Radio, the Preston-based radio station, after UTV Media decided to return its licence to broadcast across Central Lancashire.
The BBC is planning to set up a new TV drama production centre in Cardiff Bay, and work could start on the site within six months.
Contagious Communications, the marketing intelligence firm with 20 staff, has undergone a buy-out from Xtreme Information backed by venture capital firm IBIS Media.
SDL has acquired Fredhopper, the Dutch marketing software firm with offices in London, France, Germany and Bulgaria, for undisclosed terms.
Media Square has acquired Chick Smith Trott, the London-based advertising agency, from Cagney for £0.4m.
Reliance MediaWorks of India has acquired the assets of the iLab film processing business in London's Soho.
Latitude Group, the Warrington-based digital marketing agency with 90 staff, has been sold to its management and private equity backers in a pre-pack administration through BDO.
SIS Live is to acquire the assets of O21 Television from Gravity Media Group, with the transfer of 23 staff and six trucks.
Darkside Animation is to relocate its London office from Bloomsbury Square to a 2,500 sq ft facility in Eagle Street by February.
Little Airplane, the US children's TV company, is said to be considering plans to set up an operation at MediaCity in Salford Quays.