Digests

Nigel Griffiths, shadow spokesman on consumer affairs, is considering proposals to introduce compulsory membership of professional associations for companies working in marketing services, in an effort to increase compliance with self-regulatory advertising and sales promotion codes.

Flying Colours Leisure Group, which owns Club 18-30 and Sunset Holidays, has appointed ex-Thomson marketing director Rosemary Astles as managing director of its tour operating division. She replaces Jeremy Muller who is leaving the business.

Sega has responded to the Sony PlayStation price drop and the launch of the Nintendo 64 by cutting the price for its Sega Saturn games console from 199 to 169.99. The price includes two free games.

Littlewoods Pools is making over 400 redundancies in its production and marketing operations.

Interlotto UK, the scratchcard and gaming company run by Lord Mancroft, has overturned an injunction freezing its assets in the High Court.

Chelsea Football Club has denied reports that it will be entering into a sponsorship contract that would result in the Epson name appearing on Chelsea team shirts.

IPC Magazines has appointed Philippa Stuart from the media arm of advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty to the new post of marketing director for advertising. She will be responsible for marketing IPC magazines to the advertising industry…

…IPC’s recently launched Film and TV Week is folding because of poor sales. The last issue of the weekly listings magazine will go on sale this week after ten weeks on the news-stands. IPC is meanwhile launching a new men’s monthly magazine called Uncut which will focus on music and movies.

Eidos, the software company, has signed up Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish to promote its Championship Manager PC-based football game. A TV and poster campaign for the fantasy league-type game will feature the two managers.

Bass Brewers is understood to be relaunching its premium beer brand Grolsch, with a new packaging design and new formats which include a ‘stubby’ version. A spokeswoman confirmed the brand was being ‘re-evaluated’.

The Labour and Conservative parties are both understood to be considering extending their well-funded advertising campaigns to the Internet by booking sloganeering banner ads on Britain’s most popular Websites.

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