DIGESTS

Rupert Gavin, currently BT’s director of Internet services, will replace Stafford Taylor as managing director of BT’s consumer division. Taylor leaves at the end of 1997.

Cable & Wireless Communications says it has received 200,000 completed responses to its advertising campaign asking What can we do for you? which broke three weeks ago…

…Lisa Gernon has been confirmed as chief executive of Cable & Wireless Mobile. The former Orange marketing director has been acting chief executive at C&W Mobile since May.

WH Smith’s ads starring Nicholas Lyndhurst, through Abbott Mead Vickers.BBDO, have won the National TV Award for best advertisement.

BSkyB faces a ‘flattish one or two years’ in profit growth despite a move by Sky News into profit, according to Rupert Murdoch, who was speaking at News Corp’s AGM in Adelaide on Tuesday (yesterday). But profits from the group’s UK newspapers were 20 per cent up in the first quarter of the year compared with same period the previous year, he added.

Sega Europe chief executive officer Malcolm Miller will leave the company at the end of this month. He joins electronics company Pace Micro Technology. Kazutoshi Miyake takes over as the computer games company’s new chief executive.

Procter & Gamble has linked with Philips to place interactive CD kiosks alongside displays of the new Oil of Ulay cosmetic range in Tesco and Boots stores. Touch- screen technology will enable consumers to access information and advice before buying…

…P&G has broken its tradition of using models and film stars to spearhead its campaigns by signing up opera singer Marie-Claude Pietragalla to represent Oil of Ulay in France.

Air Miles is targeting family travellers with a new print campaign through Bartle Bogle Hegarty, with media bought by Motive, running from Saturday to next February. It features the hapless ‘Oliver’ ostrich with the endline: ‘Anyone can fly with Air Miles.’

Heinz has appointed contract publisher Premier Magazines to work alongside WWAV Rapp Collins on At Home, its branded magazine. The previous publisher Redwood Publishing was sacked by Heinz for leaking its win to the press.

MTV Networks Europe is to combine its sales team of its MTV and VH-1 channels in the UK.

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