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Media - 1997
Reed Elsevier is to acquire Editions Prat, the French legal publisher, for undisclosed terms.
Johnston Press is acquiring Home Counties Newspapers, the family-controlled publisher of the Hampstead and Highgate Express, for £52m.
Southern Newspapers has acquired Bailey Newspaper Group, the Gloucestershire-based regional newspaper publisher, for £35m.
Ginger Productions is acquiring Virgin Radio for £85m, thereby preventing Capital Radio from succeeding with its £87m bid.
Taylor Nelson AGB is to acquire Sofres, the French market information company, for £119m, in order to improve the market research services offered to multinational companies.
Emap is acquiring medical magazines and exhibitions from Macmillan Magazines at a cost of £102m.
M-R Group has acquired PCL Group, the information supplier, for £4.5m.
Timothy Benn Publishing, which prints the Post Magazine, is being sold to a management buy-in for £17m.
Hays has acquired DEI, the document management company, for an initial £17m, in order to expand its range of back-office support services.
Visual Action, the corporate presentations company, is being acquired by Carabiner of the US.
Photobition is acquiring Novo, the distributor of films to airlines and studios, for £28m with the intention of converting the films into a digital format.
Reed Elsevier is planning a £17.5bn merger with Wolters Kluwer of Amsterdam, creating the world's largest professional and scientific publisher with combined sales of about £5bn.
Johnston Press has acquired North Derbyshire Newspapers for undisclosed terms.
Avesco is acquiring 94% of Jongenelen Holdings, the Dutch giant screen rental company, for up to £2.3m.
GMBM, the recruitment advertising agency, has been acquired by a management team from Osprey Communications for about £1m.
Pearson has acquired All American, the US TV production company, for £233m, and now claims that its Pearson TV subsidiary is the largest international producer of entertainment and serial drama.
Cordiant, the advertising group, has announced plans for a demerger, which will result in two separate companies - Saatchi & Saatchi and Cordiant Communications Group, which will own the Bates agency.
Cypher Group has been created to acquire Library Services (UK) from Blackwell and Morley Books and Greenhead Books from Johnston Press, for a total consideration of £7.5m, making it the leading supplier of library books.
WPP is to acquire Buchanan Communications, the public relations company, for up to £15m.
Bristol United Press has acquired the Wessex regional newspapers business, which includes 11 West Country newspapers, from Newsquest for £35m.
VFG has bought GP Film Services, the broadcast equipment rental concern, for £1.4m.
United News & Media is acquiring Telecom Library, the US publisher of computer-telephony magazines, for £80m.
Photobition Group is acquiring Scanachrome, the graphics business, for up to £3m in order to expand its product range and geographical coverage.
Rushmere Wynne, the financial publisher, is acquiring Coutts Consulting's training division for £6.5m, which includes the Eynsham Hall and Chewton Place training companies.
Trinity International is acquiring Post Publications, the Dublin-based publisher of the Sunday Business Post, for £4.9m.
Pearson is to sell its Churchill Livingstone medical publishing operation to Harcourt General of the US for £57m.
Reed Elsevier has sold its Tigerprint greeting cards business to management for £12.5m, as part of a plan to sell off its Reed Books division.
Chrysalis is to acquire Faze FM Radio, which runs Kiss 102 in Manchester and Kiss 105 in Yorkshire, for £17.5m.
Abbott Mead Vickers, the advertising agency, has acquired Aurelia Public Relations, which specialises in the fashion industry, for up to £4.2m.
Euromoney Publications has acquired Institutional Investor, the US business press company, from Walt Disney for £85m.
Mirror Group is acquiring Midland Independent Newspapers for £297m, making it a major force in regional newspapers.
United News & Media has made a recommended £262m bid for the remaining 70% of HTV, the Welsh broadcaster, signalling further consolidation in the independent TV sector.
Reed Elsevier is acquiring the three main divisions of Chilton Business Group, the US trade press publisher, for £270m.
Megalomedia is acquiring Computer Film Holdings, the supplier of digital effects on movies, for up to £8.6m.
Granada is planning a takeover of Yorkshire-Tyne Tees Television, which is thought to be worth about £800m, in a deal that would create a dominant force in independent television in the north of England.
Thomson Directories, the information services company, is being sold by US West International to a consortium that includes existing management for £80m.
Scottish Media, the owner of Scottish Television, is to acquire Grampian, the other Scottish ITV company, for over £100m.
Southern Star Group of Australia has launched a recommended £8.3m takeover bid for Circle Communications, the UK television rights company.
Capital Radio is acquiring Virgin Radio Group, which owns a national commercial licence and an FM licence in London, for £65m, giving Capital a total of three radio stations in London.
Carlton Communications has acquired Rank Film Distributors from the Rank Group for £65m.
Reed Elsevier is to acquire MDL Information Systems, the US manager of research and development information, for £201m.
Reed Elsevier has acquired Colofon, the Dutch publisher of scientific and business material, for up to £80m.