Digests

– Warner Home Video has appointed Manning Gottlieb Media to its 5m media buying account. The win follows a pitch against BMP Optimum, The Media Business, New PHD, Motive and Total Media.

Warner Home Video has appointed Manning Gottlieb Media to its 5m media buying account. The win follows a pitch against BMP Optimum, The Media Business, New PHD, Motive and Total Media. Incumbent agency TMD Carat did not repitch due to a client clash.

Tesco is to provide up to 1,500 jobs for young people on the Government’s New Deal welfare to work scheme. Tesco retail director Michael Wimms is a member of the New Deal Task Force.

British Interactive Broadcasting has appointed Nick Mercer as sales and marketing director. He leaves First Direct where he was head of business development.

Cable & Wireless Communications faces humiliation today (Wednesday) as BT places ads in the press trumpeting its win in the latest round of its legal dispute against the company. The dispute centred on which company offered the cheapest package to small and medium businesses. CWC had won a temporary injunction stopping BT sending out brochures saying its charges were lower. On Monday the High Court lifted the injunction.

Kwik Save has unveiled a major Christmas scratchcard promotion aimed at building customer loyalty. Free scratchcards will be handed out at checkouts offering discounts worth a total of 8m.

Design Bridge has designed the official football for the World Cup. It is the first time FIFA has allowed a coloured ball to be used in the World Cup Final. Fifteen versions of the ball, produced by Adidas, will be available in department stores and sports retailers.

Vodafone will be advertising its Zap! pager range on Websites including Channel 4 and Sky. It is also launching its own Website at http://www.zapit.co.uk.

Hasbro has appointed its international head of marketing Simon Gardner as general manager of Northern Europe, replacing Bryan Ellis who becomes deputy general manager. European head of business Caroline Whitfield reports to president of global brands in the US, Ginger Kent.

The Data Protection Tribunal has set a date of February 13 for the hearing on British Gas Trading’s use of its database to target customers with products.

The Government plans to set up a Lottery Advisory Panel on Selection to advise director general of the National Lottery Peter Davis on appointing the National Lottery operator for the next licence period starting in 2001.

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