The Advertising Standards Authority has referred Mirror Group Newspapers to the Committee of Advertising Practice for repeated violations of the advertising code on front page promotions.

Optimedia’s former senior planner Ian Finnegan, one of four employees made redundant in a staff restructure in August (MW August 23), has been appointed to work for Fox’s Children’s Network, based at BSkyB.

The National Magazine Company has appointed Nadia Dawson, promotions group director, as advertisement director of SHE magazine…

…NatMags is publishing a Christmas catalogue for Bhs and is binding it to the December issues of Good Housekeeping and House Beautiful.

CIA Medianetwork has developed a software system, Impres, that combines magazine and newspaper readership data with advertisers’ media spend.

Amra, the regional newspaper sales operation, has appointed Penny Lee, recruitment sales controller at the Evening Standard, to its board. She will have responsibility for its classified sales team.

Jazz FM, the London and Manchester radio station, is launching its own Jazz CD. It is also planning to move into branded Jazz-themed restaurants.

Attic Futura has appointed marketing executive Clare James to the position of marketing manager with responsibility for sales promotion and marketing of teen magazine Sugar (right).

A Ford Courier Vans radio advertisement has been banned after the Radio Authority received calls from listeners, including the National Schizophrenia Fellowship, complaining that the ad trivialised and misrepresented schizophrenia.

Independent Radio News, news provider to UK commercial radio, is paying out a bonus of 1.5m to its client stations, an increase of 25 per cent on last year’s figure.

Independent Television Commission research shows that parents are concerned about programme sponsorship aimed at eight to 12-year-olds. But the idea of sponsor-ship targeting children is preferred to ads targeting children.

Videotron, the cable telephone and television company, has launched a range of cable and telephone line rental packages to undercut BT.

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