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Media - 1996
Pearson has acquired Putnam Berkley, the US publisher of best-selling authors, for £200m.
Carlton Communications has acquired Action Time, the independent television production company, for up to £4.3m.
Carlton Communications has acquired Westcountry Television for £85m, having outbid United News & Media.
Orbit, the Saudi-owned satellite TV concern, is considering the relocation of its Rome headquarters to Cardiff Bay with the creation of 700 jobs.
Southern Newspapers has bought the South Wales Argus from United News & Media for £31m, a deal which includes 15 titles.
Capital Radio has launched an agreed £57m bid for My Kinda Town, the themed restaurants chain, a move seen as an extension to its Radio Cafe idea.
Emap has bought The Box, a cable TV music channel, from Video Jukebox Network and Ticketmaster of the US for £7.8m.
National Publishing, a consortium supported by the Electra Fleming venture capital group, has acquired Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO) for £54m, and will rename it Stationery Office.
Circle Communications, the television rights company, is buying Oxford Scientific Films, the maker of wildlife programmes, for £3.8m.
Daily Mail & General Trust is acquiring Broadcast Media, the Australian regional radio operator, for £23m.
Scottish Radio is to acquire Downtown Radio of Northern Ireland for up to £10m.
GWR Group is acquiring the remaining 83% of Classic FM, the national classical radio station, for £71m.
Reed Elsevier is acquiring Tolley, the tax and legal publisher, for £100m, and is now planning a £2bn acquisition drive concentrated in electronic publishing.
Newsquest Media Group is buying Westminster Press, the regional newspaper business, from Pearson for £305m.
Midland Independent Newspapers has bought Newsquest (Midlands North), the publisher of free newspapers and magazines, for £12m.
Scottish Television is buying Caledonian Publishing, the Scottish newspaper group, for £120m.
Carlton Communications has bought Cinema Media, which controls about 80% of UK cinema advertising, for £58m.
Reed Elsevier is linking up with Times Mirror, the US media group, to jointly acquire Shephard's, the legal publisher, for $250m.
Ideal Hardware has bought Kinexus, the TV, film, and multimedia production concern, for £300k in shares.
Cinven, the venture capital concern, has acquired Routledge, the academic publisher, from Thomson Corporation for £28m.
Warner Bros is to set up a state-of-the-art animation studio in London which will employ 70 animation experts.
Johnston Press is to buy Emap's regional newspaper business for about £205m, which will give it over 6% of the regional newspaper market.
Carnell has acquired Columbus, the travel publisher, for £14m and also plans to buy Bleeding Edge Publications, the video magazine publisher.
Mirror Group's Live TV cable television station is planning to launch a number of new stations over the next year with the creation of over 200 jobs.
Liberty Publishing, the media subsidiary of Harrods, has bought Viva Radio, the radio station for women, for £3m.
Metal Bulletin has acquired a 49% stake in Sea.Net, the provider of shipping information on the internet, for £1.2m.
KPN, the Dutch telecoms concern, has bought Coventry Cable from Caledonian Media Communications for £24m.
International CableTel is acquiring NTL, the IBA transmission operation, for £235m, in a move which should enable it to become a major force in telecommunications.
Channel 5 Broadcasting is to recruit 5,000 people in the summer to retune television sets so that they can pick up Channel 5 when it is launched on January 1.
IRG is buying Allied Radio, which covers Reigate, Crawley and Manchester, for £4.5m.
GWR of Swindon is buying Prospect, the New Zealand radio business with 12 stations, for £11.6m.
Associated Newspapers has acquired a majority stake in the PeopleBank on-line recruitment agency, which claims to save employers 90% of the costs associated with finding new staff.
Pearson is buying Harper Collins' educational publishing activities for $580m.
United News and Media has announced a £3bn merger with MAI, bringing together a wide range of media activities but expected to bypass restrictions on media ownership.
Carlton Communications has bought SelecTV, the cable channel, for £5.2m, but will put its holding into a "dead-locked" company to avoid breaching broadcasting rules.
Pearson Professional is acquiring Data Management Services and The Magazine Business.
Abbott Mead Vickers has bought Fishburn Hedges Boys Williams, the corporate communications concern, for up to £15m.