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May 14, 2008   
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Golden Pixel for "n"
The "n" high-definition digital television service has for the second time in a row won the Golden Pixel award for best digital platform.

The Golden Pixel, Poland's only poll in which users can vote for what they consider the best audio and video products and brands, was organized by the hdtv.com.pl website.

The ITI Group's "n" television service is the first in Poland and in the region that provides users with features such as HD (high definition) programs, recording of selected program items and a library of films and programs on request.

Superbrands for TVN Group
Four brands belonging to the TVN Group have been named international "Superbrands." The Superbrands 2008 are TVN, TVN Style and Onet as the strongest brands on the Polish market, while the Business Superbrands for strong brands enjoying outstanding audience recognition in the B2B sector goes to TVN24. The reputation of individual brands is examined by the Brand Council, composed of marketing, advertising and branding experts. Superbrands statuettes are presented to brands that have achieved a particularly strong position in their sector.

The Superbrands organization, established in the mid-1990s in London, is present in more than 80 countries today, promoting successful brands that keep building their market position. The Polish Superbrands features three categories: Superbrands, CoolBrands and Business Superbrands.

The TVN Group is Poland's leading private media group with 14 television channels on the air.

Discovery Wins
Discovery has won the Trusted Brands 2008 award in the television station category for the fourth time in a row. Discovery has also won the Crystal Statuette and the Trusted Brand Crystal Emblem 2008 for the brand with the highest audience recognition. It also scored best on a 1-5 scale in four categories taking into account quality, value for money, strong image and awareness of audience requirements, with a total of 18.27 out of a maximum 20 points. The survey has been organized for eight years in 16 European countries.

Discovery Networks also won the Media Trendy (Media Trends) 2008 first prize for self-promotion and media promotion for Discovery Channel's "Everest: Beyond the Limit" campaign. The key element of the campaign was a genuine mountain base camp built on a 10-meter structure in central Warsaw. Two amateur mountain climbers lived in the camp for two weeks, their efforts being observed by city residents passing by on their way to and from work as well as on the internet. An advertising campaign was also launched in newspapers, on the radio, the internet, outdoor media and cinemas, together with a comprehensive public relations campaign from February-May 2007.

The Discovery Networks portfolio includes seven television channels in Poland.

Media Companies Head East
Wydawnictwo Murator, publisher of the tabloid Super Express and trade journals on construction and interior design, is the latest Polish investor to move into Ukraine. "We have set up shop there, and we're gearing up to launch Murator magazines," says Zbigniew Bębenek, head of the supervisory board of the Zjednoczone Przedsiębiorstwa Rozrywkowe multimedia company that also owns Murator. "We hope to publish the first issues in a couple of months. We are focusing on the specialist press sector."

Agora, publisher of Poland's most popular daily Gazeta Wyborcza, is also flourishing in Ukraine. It started business operations there in May 2007 to engage in publishing and internet-related activity. Agora Ukraina has already launched a website, Blox.ua.

The Ukrainian edition of the Farmer magazine is published by Przedsiębiorstwo Wydawnicze Rzeczpospolita. Also, Polish advertising agencies such as S4 have opened branches in Kiev. The Multikino multiplex chain, owned by ITI Group, is planning to set up a cinema in Lviv. Publishing house Edipresse has been operating in Ukraine for eight years, with Ukrainian editions of Polish magazines Viva! and Przyjaciółka, entitled Polina in Ukraine.

Ukrainian market is drawing not only publishers. According to media newsletter Presserwis, Broker FM, a subsidiary of publisher Bauer and owner of Poland's most popular radio station Radio RMF FM, already runs Radio Man in Lviv. It has recently acquired Ukrainian Radio Termopil and does not rule out new acquisitions.

A report by media house chain ZenithOptimedia says that the advertising market in Ukraine is one of the 10 fastest growing markets in the world. Its value is expected to increase by 77.8 percent by 2010. This year, ZenithOptimedia Group forecasts an expenditure of $1.1 billion on advertising, which is about three times less than in Poland, with the bulk of the amount, 535 million dollars, going on television advertising.

Bauer Growing in Poland
Bauer publishing group in Poland has seen net profits rising sharply, partly resulting from the acquisition of Broker FM, the owner of Poland's most popular radio station Radio RMF FM, according to a report by Presserwis. Bauer group's revenue for 2007 exceeded zl.1.32 billion, growing by 46.7 percent, while net profit reached zl.203.3 million, which is almost 40 percent more than in 2007.

New Journals Hit Market
Galeria, the recently launched magazine from publisher Agora, is to appear every three weeks. Galeria is a shopping magazine featuring interior decoration items such as furniture, household appliances and lamps. The magazine costs zl.4.90. Agora already has three shopping journals Avanti, Logo and Smart.

Publisher Polskapresse April 28 launched a new automotive magazine, the monthly Motosalon, targeted at car buyers. With an initial circulation of 15,000, the journal is free of charge, available in car showrooms in Warsaw and across the Mazovia province. Polskapresse already publishes automotive monthlies Super Warsztat and Rynek Samochodów.

A new lifestyle magazine, the monthly SportLife devoted to all kind of sports, hit the market in the last days of April. It was launched by Sportlive24, the publisher of sports magazines Magazyn Futbol and Super Volley. The new publication is priced at zl.9.90, and will have a circulation of 30,000-35,000 copies.

Pricey Commercials During Euro 2008
A whopping zl.169,000 is the price of the most expensive advertising slot being offered by Polsat Media, an advertising agency with the Polsat group, during Euro 2008 soccer championship broadcasts, according to online magazine Media i Marketing Polska. Commercial TV station Polsat has the exclusive right to air matches in Austria and Switzerland in Poland. The most expensive advertising slot is during the interval in the Poland vs. Germany match to be held on June 8.
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