The Crown Prosecution Service has rejected a call from the Gaming Board to investigate the activities of NHS Loto (right). It says that it will take no further action unless it receives a complaint from a local police force. The CPS decision is understood to have angered the Gaming Board.

Air Travel Group, owned by Granada, has appointed Helen Baker as head of brands strategy. Baker joins from Avis, where she was market and fleet development manager.

HMV has appointed John Taylor as marketing director. He leaves Virgin Our Price, where he was product director. The post has been vacant since David Terrill left in February to join HMV in Japan.

Pepsi Cola’s head of flavours in the UK, Nick McGrath, has been appointed to the role of customer development director for Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.

Vision Express UK marketing director Hugh Simpson has been appointed to a special group level role. Control of UK marketing will go to Des Taylor, who was previously UK products director.

Penguin, part of the Pearson media empire, has bought US publisher Putnam Berkley for $336m (200m).

Allied Domecq is launching a new television advertising campaign for Teacher’s Scotch Whisky on December 1. Creative work is by D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles.

The Royal College of Surgeons’ president has attacked the General Medical Council’s decision, made earlier this month, to allow hospital consultants to advertise to the public.

Converse, the sports shoe and clothing manufacturer, has appointed its head of UK marketing, Bob Sheard, as European marketing director.

Consumers with home fax machines who want to avoid junk faxes, can now register with the Fax Preference Service, administered by the Telephone Preference Service.

Commercial Union has appointed Annie Garthwaite as head of communications, UK division. As part of her remit she will be responsible for sponsorship activities.

Pizza Hut marketing manager Simon Chamberlain is moving to Pepsi Cola as franchise manager for the on-premise business.

Marketing Week readers who have not yet returned their 1997 Salary Survey questionnaire, the results of which will be published on January 17, should do so by December 5.

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