Mercury Communications’ commercial services managing director Bob Latham is leaving to return to Bell International in Canada. The company denies it is related to the wider restructure within the parent company Cable & Wireless…

…Peter Howard-Dobson, managing director of Mercury’s partner services, has been appointed deputy managing director of One2One, the mobile operator part-owned by Mercury.

National Australia Bank, which owns Clydesdale, Yorkshire and Northern banks, has promoted the head of marketing for Northern Bank Catherine James to be head of marketing and income development, Europe. Clydesdale Bank’s marketing communications manager Richard Orgill has quit, citing ‘ever-dwindling budgets, management indifference and unprofessional treatment of marketing staff and agencies’.

The National Readership Survey is investigating a fall of 72,000 readers in the September readership of Woman & Home magazine. Its readership is 743,000…

…Loaded’s readership has increased by 8.5 per cent to 929,000 in the same period.

Bass has launched new packaging for its Hooper’s Hooch brand (right) after it was ordered to drop cartoons from the bottles by the brewing industry’s own watchdog The Portman Group.

Virgin Communications and US cable company International CableTel launched Virgin Net, a new Internet service provider on Tuesday (New Media, page 26).

Classic FM is to broadcast in Japan through the Usen cable radio network. UK advertisers will be able to buy Japanese language spots on the service.

Channel 5 has appointed Scott Chisholm, former Sky News newsreader, to lead its early morning news broadcasts.

Unigate has announced a seven per cent increase in pre-tax profits to 60.6m in the six months to September 30.

Cadbury’s is launching a limited edition of its biggest countline brand Crunchie in orange flavour.

IRI Infoscan, the fmcg data company, has appointed Mark Tims as UK managing director, following the integration of its data and software divisions.

Eurotunnel is diverting thousands of cross-Channel travellers to P&O Ferries and will pick up the bill following the fire on Monday night in one of its tunnels. Trains are expected to start running again through the affected tunnel today (Wednesday).

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