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Media - 1999
Carlton Communications has sold its Solid State Logic audio mixing console business to management for £43m, and may now sell off its Technicolor video duplication and Quantel digital pixellation operations.
Photobition has acquired B&S Visual Technologies, the Glasgow-based graphics company, for £2.9m.
Telewest and Flextech have agreed plans for a £9.6bn merger, enabling the combined group to develop a new range of TV and cable services.
Chime Communications is to acquire Teamspirit, the financial media and advertising agency, for up to £5m.
Dawson Holdings, the newspaper and magazine wholesaler, has acquired eight new businesses for £26m, including subsidiaries of Johnsons Group and BFG, in order to expand its customer base and geographic coverage.
Informa has bought a portfolio of business magazines from Pearson for £13m, including titles such as New Media Markets and Mobile Communications.
Cordiant Communications has acquired Interactive Edge, the New York-based marketing company, for an initial £3.8m.
AC Nielsen has acquired MMS Market Movements, the direct mail monitoring company.
Romeike, the media monitoring company, has been acquired by Sifo Group of Sweden for £110m.
WPP has acquired Hiller Wust & Partners, the German public relations company, for undisclosed terms.
News Communications & Media has bought the Hampshire Chronicle and three other local newspapers from Jacob & Johnson for £16m.
Galaxy Media is to acquire Gaming Internet for £40m in order to transform itself into an internet-based gambling and games business, while its Mike Mansfield Television subsidiary will be sold off.
ANT Marketing, the Sheffield-based telephone marketing firm, is to create 150 jobs by opening a new office in Queen Street.
Daily Mail & General Trust is to acquire Bristol United Press for £121m, in order to expand its regional newspaper business.
United News & Media and Carlton Communications have announced plans for a merger, in order to create the largest ITV broadcaster with six franchises and a market valuation of £8bn.
Sportsworld Media is to acquire Australian Media Holdings for £22m, in order to expand its TV and sports sponsorship business in the Asia-Pacific region.
The ITC is to consider plans from City Television to set up a local TV station in Exeter next year, which could create up to 40 jobs.
Johnston Press is to acquire Tweeddale Press, the publisher of three weekly newspapers in the Borders.
Radio Victory, the Portsmouth-based local radio station, has been bought by the Local Radio Company in a £4m deal.
Fletcher Research, the London-based internet analysis group, has been acquired by Forrester Research of the US for more than £10m.
Tempus has acquired Added Value, the marketing agency that employs 250 people in seven offices around the world, for up to £35m.
Cordiant Communications is to acquire Healthworld, the US marketing group, for £113m.
Emap is selling 13 business magazines and seven exhibitions to Informa for £28m.
Granada Media Group has acquired Brecon-based BlackCat, an educational software company, for undisclosed terms, as part of a strategy to build up a leading educational and online business.
Daily Mail & General Trust has acquired Riddell Exhibition Promotions, the Australian show organiser, for undisclosed terms.
Taylor & Francis has acquired Martin Dunitz, the London-based publisher of medical books and journals, for £11m.
Metrodome is planning to acquire Home Entertainment, the video marketing company, for £1m.
Telewest is creating 840 jobs with the launch of its digital service, which will include 150 TV and radio channels.
Independent Radio Group is to be acquired by the Wireless Group in a £21m deal.
Taylor Nelson Sofres has bought Scan-Fact Marketing, the Norwegian supplier of market information.
WPP is to acquire BWR Public Relations of the US for undisclosed terms.
WPP has acquired The Brand Union, the parent company of the advertising and branding business Lambie-Nairn.
Telewest is creating 27 new jobs at its Brierley Hill customer service office, in order to cope with rising demand for its new digital services.
P&O has sold the Earl's Court and Olympia exhibition halls in London to the owners of the Business Design Centre and the Candover buy-out fund for £183m.
Scottish Radio Holdings has bought Angus County Press, the Forfar-based publisher of local newspapers, for £4.2m.
Tarsus Group is acquiring Off-Price Specialist Centre, the US clothing exhibitions and magazine company, for an initial £4.8m.
Eastern Counties is acquiring magazine publisher Market Link Publishing for £4.8m.
Incepta has acquired Image, the Singapore-based public relations company, for £3m.
DMS and Media Lane, the two Leeds-based advertising businesses, have agreed a £75m merger to create a combined media buying group called Brilliant Independent Media Specialists.
Photobition has acquired Meteor, the Detroit-based graphics company, for £2.5m, and is now looking to build up a national network in the US.
Granada Media has acquired Letts Educational, the textbook publisher, from BPP Holdings for £28m.
Television Corporation is to buy Mentorn, the independent production company, and is now seeking additional UK acquisitions.
WH Smith is to acquire Wayland, the publisher of books for school libraries, through its Hodder Headline subsidiary.
Rainey Kelly Campbell Rolfe, the advertising agency, has been acquired by Young & Rubicam of the US for undisclosed terms.
United News & Media has acquired MP&A Editorial, the New York-based magazine publisher, for £1.4m, through its Miller Freeman PSN subsidiary.
Telewest Communications has acquired the remaining 50% of Cable London from Cable & Wireless Communications for £428m.
WPP has acquired Mediaquest Sarl, the French advertising agency, for undisclosed terms.
Taylor & Francis is to acquire the international journals business of Universitetsforlaget for up to £4.4m.
Telewest Communications is to create 40 jobs in Gateshead in preparation for the launch of its new cable digital service, with vacancies in operations, cable installation, equipment servicing and customer services.
Snapper Music is to undergo a £9m management buy-out, and is planning to set up a US office and develop its internet music business.
WPP is to acquire IntelliQuest, the US-based information provider, for up to £28m.
United News & Media has sold a number of UK and French publishing operations from its recently-acquired CMP division to VNU for £2.5m.
United News & Media is acquiring Definitive Stock, the US online stock photography company, for £3.8m, and will combine the business with its Visual Communications subsidiary.
Financial Dynamics, the public relations company, is being acquired by Lighthouse Holdings of the US for about £40m.
Taylor Nelson Sofres has has acquired NIPO, the Dutch market information group, for £13m.
Pearson has acquired Thomson Financial Securities Management from Thomson Corporation of Canada for £94m, in order to strengthen its position as a leading supplier of securities pricing.
NTL is buying Cable & Wireless Communications' residential cable assets for £8.2bn, while Cable & Wireless is buying the remaining 47% of CWC in a £6.5bn deal.
Talk Radio is to acquire The Radio Partnership, which includes nine local music radio stations, for £42m.
Future Network has acquired Weka Consumer Medien, the German magazine publisher, for £8m.
Seven Group, the Leeds-based design and advertising agency, is to merge with local rival CWG.
Electra Investment Trust has sold the publishing division of the Stationery Office to Meadowpoint, a vehicle created by Apax Partners, for £82m.
Cable & Wireless Communications is creating 100 jobs at a new call centre in Waterlooville.
Emap has acquired Pleine Vie, the French magazine publisher, for undisclosed terms.
BSkyB is planning to recruit 600 staff for its Scottish call centres as well as 2,050 installation engineers, in order to keep up with demand for digital TV.
Emap has acquired Wagadon, the fashion magazine publisher that has an annual turnover of about £10m.
Pearson is selling Macmillan General Reference USA to IDG Books Worldwide for £52m, as part of a strategy to sell a number of reference, professional and business operations.
GWR has bought the Plymouth Sound radio station from The Local Radio Company for £5.3m.
Sports Internet has acquired Opta, the supplier of football statistics to newspapers, for £3.9m.
Adscene, the regional newspaper publisher, has undergone a £75m management buy-out with the backing of 3i, and Adscene's Midlands business will be sold on to Daily Mail & General Trust for £44m.
Taylor Nelson Sofres has acquired two US market research companies - Market Development and QCR Associates - for undisclosed terms.
More Group is planning to acquire a 51% stake in Jolly Pubblicita, the Italian outdoor advertising company, in a $20m deal that includes an option to buy the remaining 49%.
Newsquest, the regional newspaper group, has agreed to a £904m takeover bid from Gannett of the US.
Highbury House Communications is planning to acquire Wyvern Crest, the database marketing company, for £3.7m.
Cable & Wireless Communications is to set up a call centre in Swansea with the creation of 1,200 jobs, in order to deal with the anticipated demand for digital TV.
Pearson has acquired E Source, the US supplier of energy information, for £11m.
Carlton Communications is buying two North American video duplicating companies for £12m - VTR Video of Canada and Grupo Video Visa of Mexico.
Pearson has sold Macmillan Library Reference USA to Thomson Corporation of Canada for £53m.
United News & Media has acquired a number of US parenting publications for £3.9m, including Arizona Parent, Minnesota Parent and Northwest Parent Publishing.
Photobition, the media services supplier, is buying Custom Color Services of the US for £6.1m.
Informa Group, the business conference and publishing company, has acquired Washington Policy Analysis of the US for up to £13m.
Sterling Publishing is acquiring Net Resource International for up to £7.5m, in order to offer international advertising on specialist industry web sites.
GWR and Radio Investments are to jointly acquire Stray FM, the Harrogate-based radio station, for about £3m.
Targetbase is planning to create at least 50 jobs in Middlesbrough over the next three years, having won a contract to provide market research to a Dutch firm.
More Group is acquiring Dauphin, the French billboard company, for £300m, as part of the ongoing consolidation in the world's outdoor advertising industry.
WPP is to acquire NoHo Digital, the new media agency, and the business will be merged with its OgilvyOne division.
Book Club Associates, a member of the Bertelsmann Media Group, is creating 60 jobs for German speakers in Swindon.
Pathe is selling its pay-TV operations to Vivendi of France, which will involve the transfer of Pathe's 17% stake in BSkyB and 20% stake in CanalSatellite and raises the prospect of BSkyB renewing merger talks with Canal Plus.
Aspen Group, the media services company, has agreed to a £8.1m takeover offer made by Rea Brothers on behalf of a management team.
United News & Media is planning to acquire Two-Ten Communications, the supplier of press releases, from the Press Association for £17m.
Scottish Media is acquiring Pearl & Dean, the cinema advertising company, for £22m.
Mice Group, the marketing support services agency, is to acquire Kadoke of Canada for £1.7m, in its first move into North America.
Pearson has sold Jossey-Bass, the US book publisher, to John Wiley & Sons for $82m.
Wilmington has acquired 81% of Central Law Group, the provider of publications, training and conferences, for £25m.
Johnston Press is to acquire Portsmouth & Sunderland Newspapers, the regional newspaper publisher, for £266m, having beaten off rival bids from Newsquest and News Communications & Media.
Scottish Radio Holdings is acquiring Visions Posters, the Birmingham-based outdoor advertising company, for £15m.
United News & Media is acquiring Strategic Marketing Corporation, the US market research company, for £11m.
Taylor & Francis is acquiring Europa Publications, the publisher of reference works, from MPG for £12m.
Pearson is selling US medical publisher Appleton & Lange to McGraw Hill for $46m, and Master Data Center to Information Holdings for $33m.
Acxiom, the marketing services company, is planning to relocate 350 staff to Doxford International Technology Park in Sunderland, and a further 200 jobs will be created.
Pearson is to sell its US higher-education publications to John Wiley & Sons of the US for £35m, in order to win approval for its acquisition of Simon & Schuster's educational publishing division.
Sanctuary Group is acquiring ASV, the classical music record company, for £1.3m.
Tarsus Group is to acquire Edit Expo, the French organiser of trade exhibitions, for about £5m.
Sports Internet is acquiring Planetfootball.com, the developer of web sites for football clubs, for £24m, in order to build up an online sports betting business.
Cable & Wireless Communications is to create 2,000 jobs as part of its digital TV plans, including 740 technical staff in Manchester and London and 1,200 call centre staff.
NTL is to acquire Cablelink, the Irish cable TV provider, for £438m.
Kartupelis Associates and The Focus Group have merged to create one of the largest PR firms in the Mid-Anglia region.
Aegis is to acquire Market Facts, the US market research company, for £185m.
United News & Media has announced a recommended £571m takeover offer for CMP Media, the US technology media company, and will combine it with its Miller Freeman division.
Scottish Radio Holdings has acquired Parkin Advertising, the Bristol-based outdoor advertising company, for £9m.
Smart Europe is seeking 70 new staff for its telemarketing call centre in Sandbach, and is also planning to open a second call centre in the north employing 30 people later this year.
Kolorcraft, the Wakefield-based producer of corporate communications material, has been sold to its management for £6m.
Incepta is acquiring the Public Policy Unit, a public affairs consultancy, for about £1.2m, and will merge the business with its Citigate Westminster consultancy.
On Digital is to create an additional 75 jobs at its digital TV call centre in Plymouth, and Plymouth is one of a number of potential locations for a new national customer inquiry centre, which could create 1,000 jobs over five years.
Sportsworld Media is acquiring a 51% stake in Stuart Sawyer, the sports marketing company, for £1.3m.
Highland Council is expected to receive a planning application from Vincero Productions of Aberdeen for the construction of a £6m film studio and museum of the moving arts in Inverness, creating about 50 jobs.
Scoot is in discussions to acquire Diva Solutions, the internet software company, in order to help with the development of its online directories.
Emap has acquired Intohome, the organiser of a home furnishings exhibition, for undisclosed terms.
Graphic Inline, the Leicester-based direct mail company, has been acquired by a management team for undisclosed terms.
Highbury House Communications has sold DPS Typecraft, the supplier of computer systems to the publishing sector, to Digital Technology International for up to £3.4m.
Cambridge Animation Systems, the producer of animation software for the film industry, has been bought by Nomura for undisclosed terms.
Charles Walls Group, the Yorkshire-based advertising agency, has been acquired by its management team in a £0.5m deal.
The Independent Television Commission has given Caledonia Television the go-ahead to launch a commercial TV channel for the Highlands, creating 15 jobs in Inverness.
Scottish Media Group has acquired Baillie, the outdoor advertising company, for undisclosed terms.
Fitch, the design and branding services group, has agreed a £27m takeover offer from Lighthouse of the US.
United News & Media's Miller Freeman division is acquiring Continuing Medical Education of the US for £68m.
Barbour Index, the information company, is to be acquired by Havas of France for £53m.
Carlton Communications has acquired Planet 24, the TV production company, for £15m.
Scottish Radio Holdings has acquired Trainer for £27m, as part of a plan to set up an outdoor advertising division.
Informa is buying Daily Commercial News, the Australian newspaper, from APN News & Media for £3.9m.
Wilmslow Group is acquiring Media Content, the sports media advisory concern, in a £10m reverse takeover.
Pearson is selling the Extel name and financial research business to Primark of the US for £19m.
Telewest Communications is to recruit an additional 50 people for its expanding telesales call centre in Team Valley, Gateshead.
Northstar Securities is buying Equator Films for £9m, in order to move its focus from property investment to the media sector.
Emap has acquired Automotive Group, the US publisher of auto-sport magazines, from General Media for £21m.
Scottish Media is acquiring Primesight, the outdoor advertising agency, for £35m.
Storyboards Harpers, the supplier of presentation services to the advertising industry, has undergone a £5m management buyout.
Photobition, the media services company, has abandoned its £80m takeover bid for Wace, but has announced the acquisition of Service Visual Communications for £11m.
GWR is acquiring Orchard Media, the owner of four radio stations in the West Country, for £26m.
Chrysalis Group has acquired Global Music Group, the German music publisher, for £4.2m, as part of a strategy to create a worldwide independent publishing network.
Euromoney Publications is to acquire an 80% stake in Internet Securities, the US provider of financial information on emerging markets via the internet, for £26m.
United News & Media is to acquire Audit & Surveys Worldwide, the US market research company, for £26m, as part of a strategy to offer a global market research service to large companies.
Informa has acquired the Linkraven magazine publishing business for an initial £2.1m, which will provide it with a flagship aviation title and improved access to the US market.
United News & Media has acquired Verecom of the US, Fematec of Argentina, and Stammer of Italy, for £40m, in order to boost its Miller Freeman publishing activities.
Aura Books and Advanced Marketing, the book suppliers, are to relocate their operations to Bicester this summer, creating 100 new jobs.
Copyright Promotions Group, the sports and entertainment licensing agency, is to be acquired by ISMM of Switzerland for £20m.
Incepta is acquiring Alexander Demuth, the German communications consultancy, for £4.3m.