CIA Group is understood to have started discussions with French network Havas Worldwide about Havas, or its subsidiary Mediapolis, which it jointly owns with Young & Rubicam, taking a 20 to 30 per cent stake in the media buyer. CIA denies this.

Vodafone has appointed David Jones as managing director of Peoples Phone which it bought in a 77m deal last month. Jones replaces joint managing directors Keith Parish, who becomes operations director, and Malcolm Gardner, who will leave the company next month.

Access’ former managing director Jane Jee has joined Mondex as relationship manager for UK and Eire.

Chris Banks, chief executive of Justerini & Brooks, the IDV Scotch whisky business, is joining Coca-Cola’s Northwest Europe division as region manager Great Britain, responsible for all Coke brands (right). Banks was quickly promoted within IDV after joining a year ago as international marketing director.

Outrage!, the gay rights group, is calling for shoppers to boycott Romanian wine in protest at the country’s anti-gay laws. The boycott is being organised in conjunction with the International Lesbian & Gay Association.

Camelot has launched a telephone hotline to tackle underage sales of National Lottery tickets. It is working with Trading Standards officers to catch retailers who sell tickets to children.

Radio 1’s former disc jockey, Chris Evans, is understood to have told Talk Radio and Virgin, which are looking to employ him, that he would be interested in working at weekends, rather than in a daily weekday slot. Radio 1 night-time DJ Mark Radcliffe is tipped to replace Evans on the breakfast show.

Littlewoods is buying a 29.9 per cent stake in fashion group Jacques Vert for 2.7m and will develop a new home-shopping catalogue.

The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has denounced Ireland’s largest mobile phone company Cellular World for ‘ambush marketing’ last weekend’s Ireland-France match. The company ran ads offering 2,000 per Irish player who broke ‘les Bolleaux’ (bollocks) of the French.

Gas companies will be forbidden from using hard-sell techniques, following consumer complaints in the first phase of deregulation, says Ofgas and the Gas Consumers Council.

Scottish Provident is the first company to sponsor the British Lions rugby team. It will back the team’s May to July tour of South Africa with a 750,000 investment.

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