The ITC has issued a directive to cable and satellite licensees to stop making misleading statements about each others’ services. The move follows a spat between BSkyB and competing cable operators over the cost and scope of services offered. The ITC says: ‘It is clear that lapses in standards have occurred.’

Hamilton Direct, the direct personal lending arm of the American-owned HFC group, has switched media and planning for its 3.5m annual ad budget away from Prager and Partners to The Media Shop.

British Airways has secured an exclusive deal with all Condé Nast’s titles to carry press advertising for a campaign supporting the company’s new identity. The eight-month campaign carries the strapline: ‘The world is closer than you think.’

The Audit Bureau of Circulations has reissued the figures for The Sunday Telegraph for April and May 1997 following an accounting error. Although the mistake did not affect total average circulation, it overstated the number of copies circulated at below basic cover price.

The Express on Sunday has revamped its magazine, Boulevard. From this week the title will carry additional editorial pages and changes its name to The Express on Sunday Magazine.

Warner Home Video, which distributed the first series of videos of the Channel 4 show Friends, says that the title has sold 521,000 copies since it was released on May 9.

Peter Waddell, chairman of Concord’s holding company Alban Communications has retired after 21 years with the company. Alan Simmons, chairman of Concord, now becomes chief executive of Alban Communications.

Car CD owners, hi-fi buffs and affluent gadget freaks will lead the market in buying receivers for digital audio broadcasting, according to a survey commissioned by the BBC. Research conducted by BMRB among UK radio listeners suggests consumers are prepared to pay a price premium of 30 per cent for DAB equipped hi-fi.

The Newspaper Society has held its first weekly newspaper awards. The Ham & High and Oxford Times were joint winners of the Weekly Paid-For Newspaper of the Year award while The Hunts Post (Cambridgeshire) won the award for the Free Newspaper of the Year.

Andrew Gillespie, the marketing manager for Ales at Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries, is joining magazine marketing and circulation company Frontline as circulation director for EMAP’s consumer magazines.

Propeller, the magazine publisher, is launching a quarterly lifestyle title for millionaires called Accolade, in September.

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