DIGESTS

Environmental and human rights groups meet this Friday to discuss what action to take against Shell after the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa by the Nigerian Government. A consumer boycott is high on the agenda.

Will King, the marketing entrepreneur behind shaving oil King of Shaves, has recruited 50 actors to dress as kings and distribute his product – King’s King of Shaves – to commuters travelling on railway lines in major cities this week. The national sampling promotion coincides with King’s first above-the-line adver-tising – a radio campaign which is running for two weeks on London station Heart FM.

Tango has spent 250,000 on its internet site, the Media Research Group Conference was told last week. Tango is redesigning the site.

Abbott Mead Vickers has reached a settlement with the creators of TV sit-com, Men Behaving Badly. The show’s creators claimed the agency’s use of the series’ stars – actors Martin Clunes and Caroline Quentin – in the latest Pizza Hut ad was based on the sit-com and demanded payment for use of the copyright.

APA Sponsorship has appointed Rothmans (UK) brand manager Christian Hanssen to manage The Daily Telegraph account.

Travel tour operators are being forced to cut capacity, following low sales in September, which were down by 31 per cent on last year. Thomson Holidays has confirmed that it is cutting back.

Tesco and French chain Mammouth are launching television advertising campaigns to encourage cross-channel shopping at their Calais stores.

BT Interactive TV will use Pictures of Health healthcare programming for its June trial. The material is sponsored by Glaxo Wellcome, British Gas and Clarks Shoes, among others.

Mega Bowl, the newly-expanded tenpin bowling chain, is creating the position of sales and marketing director and is to recruit marketing and sales executives for its 35 centres across the country. Allied Leisure acquired Granada’s bowling business last week, making it market leader with 22 per cent of the 180m UK tenpin bowling market.

Brian Metcalfe, former managing director of RHM’s Just Juice business (MW November 10), has been appointed purchasing director of the Danish Bacon Company.

Reebok has promoted Steve Bracewell, formerly senior brand manager of sports, to general manager of football.

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