United Business Media Makes Three Acquisitions
London-based United Business Media has made three significant acquisitions this week. Its CMP Technology group has acquired Customer Contact Center Standard, a service quality and operational performance certification for Chinese call centers, as well as call center training and consulting, for $350,000. CCCS also organizes the China Contact Center Conference and Awards event. The acquisition is part of CMP’s development of its call center management activities in China, following its acquisition of the International Customer Management Institute in 2005.

UBM’s Commonwealth Business Media division has acquired the UK-based Aviation Industry Group Ltd for over $11.7 million. AIG organizes 21 annual exhibitions and conferences for the aviation industry in the UK and also contains three print titles and online products.

UBM’s healthcare division, CMPMedica has acquired MediReach Healthcare Communication for about $1.1 million. The Shanghai-based company provides medical and pharmaceutical marketing consultancy services to pharmaceutical companies in China.

CosmoGirl Executive Editor to Helm Seventeen
Ann Shoket, execitve editor of CosmoGirl has been named editor-in-chief of Seventeen, Hearst president Cathleen Black said in a statement today. Shocket replaces Atoosa Rubenstein, who resigned from the publication late last year.

"Ann has extensive experience and a proven track record in both teen magazines and in the digital world, an important area of growth for Seventeen," said Black. "She understands the teen market and has the talent and smarts to lead Seventeen to the next level."

Shoket, 34, has been with CosmoGirl since its 1999 launch and has been executive editor since October 2003. In 2000, she was chosen to be Web editorial director of Cosmogirl.com. Under her supervision, the site’s page views doubled, according to a statement from Hearst. Shocket begins her position at the publication immediately.

More To Launch XM Radio Talk Show
Meredith Corp’s More magazine will premier its "More Time" hour-long weekly talk radio show on SM satellite radio starting January 16. The show will be on XM’s "Take Five" channel and will target women 40 and older covering health, fashion, beauty, travel and more.

Radio personality Katherine Lanpher has been hired as host of the show, which will feature authors, readers, editors and women. The show will debut on Tuesday, January 16 at 4 p.m. ET on XM 155. The magazine plans to expand its XM presence in Spring 2007.

Time Inc. Sells The Progressive Farmer
DTN, a provider of real-time market, news and weather information services for the agricultural and energy markets, has acquired The Progressive Farmer from Time Inc. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Progressive Farmer has 600,000 subscribers and a total readership of 3.4 million, which is concentrated in the South and Midwest, and is the leading publication in the farm lifestyle market. Time Inc. also is in the process of selling 18 magazines from its Time4Media and Parenting divisions as it refocuses its strategy on digital media and on its core magazines such as Time, People, Sports Illustrated and Fortune.

VNU Business Media Creates Online Job Database
VNU Business Media has launched a new career resource database for the advertising, media and entertainment industries. The career network includes seven Web sites to accompany VNU Business Media’s seven brands including Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek, Editor & Publisher, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and The Book Standard. Employers who advertise on any of the sites will have their ads automatically posted to all sites for a period of 60 days.

Job posting packages are competitively priced and are tailored to employers’ individual needs. The system allows employers to track the performance of their ads, and manage responses from candidates. The site also includes online job application functions, resume and cover letter management and e-mail notifications of new job posting that fit a search criteria.

Interweave Crochet Ups Frequency
Loveland, Colorado-based Interweave Press will increase the frequency of Interweave Crochet magazine begging in fall 2007. The special interest semi-annual publication will become a quarterly, subscription-based magazine.

The magazine also added an editor to its staff. Kim Werker will become editor beginning with the Spring 2007 issue. She is the founding editor of Crochetme.com online magazine.

Wild Oats Markets Creates Custom Pub with AIM
Active Interest Media and Wild Oats Markets have joined forces to create a free bi-monthly magazine to be distributed in Wild Oats Marketplace stores nationwide. The magazine, which hits stores with the January/February 2007 issue, is printed on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper.

The magazine will focus on recipes, health and wellness, food trends, the environment, locally grown foods, social responsibility and more. The magazine will also showcase the best natural, organic and gourmet foods and is a part of AIM’s healthy Living Group which also includes Yoga Journal, Vegetarian Times, and Better Nutrition.

ScheinMedia Increases Coverage with New York City Edition
ScheinMedia, publisher of green and sustainable building-focused New York House, has launched a New York City edition of the magazine. Expanded coverage will include 1,000 doorman apartment buildings in New York City and Riverdale.

New York House, a free monthly, also has Westchester and Hudson Valley editions. "There has become a groundswell of green development in New York City and we’re positioned to be the information provider for this growing market," said ScheinMedia founder and former president and CEO of Real Estate Media Jonathan Schein in a statement. "So far the reception to our magazine has been phenomenal."