DIGESTS

GMTV has confirmed it is planning a dedicated children’s TV channel using digital terrestrial television.

Van den Bergh Foods marketing manager Andy Duncan is to replace Simon Turner as marketing director for the yellow fats division. However, it is believed that Duncan will report to Kevin Havelock, marketing director for beverage and food, whereas Turner’s role was on a par with that of Havelock.

Steve Kay, the former Britvic marketing director who left the company last year (MW September 13), is leaving the business and retiring to his house in France – ironically, in view of the Britvic-owned Tango ad campaign lambasting the French (above). Kay, who is 42, says: ‘I have had to convince quite a few people to sack me and pay me off to do this.’

Nitya, the Paris-based fashion house, is launching stores across six European countries including the UK. The John Herbert Partnership is developing the retail concept, which targets women.

Magnet, the fitted kitchen retailer, is losing marketing director Ken Partington, who is leaving to return to Kalon Group, the paint manufacturer.

Hoover’s legal case over free flights is expected to reach its first decision on Thursday at St Helens Court, Lancashire.

CCSB is relaunching its orange fizzy drink Fanta with a 15m spend, involving new advertising through Leagas Delaney, revamped packaging from Big Fish Design, new product formulation and sales promotion from IMP…

…Campbell Distillers is to unveil its first TV advertising for Jameson Irish whiskey through Leagas Delaney in the run-up to St Patrick’s Day.

Thomas Cook has launched a magazine, The Thomas Cook Magazine, which will be mailed out three times a year to about 150,000 of its regular customers.

Silicon Graphics has appointed Chris Calvert as marketing director for the UK and Ireland. He replaces Andrew Cresci, who has been appointed marketing director at the IT company’s California headquarters.

Allsports, the Manchester-based sports retailer, is to open a flagship store in London’s Oxford Street this month. Currently it has 180 stores in the North.

The London Aquarium is operated by Morita Aquarium, and not by Vardon Attractions as we inadvertently suggested in a recent news story (MW February 7).

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