A German court has ruled that the country’s football association, DFB, can no longer centrally market transmission rights to matches played by the country’s clubs in Europe. Each team is now free to strike individual deals with broadcasters.

H.O.T., the teleshopping channel operated by Germany’s Pro Sieben group, is now available in Switzerland. Up to 1 million households can receive the channel via cable, a further 150,000 by satellite.

McCann Erickson is reported to be in talks with La Banda de Agustin Medina, a Madrid-based independent advertising agency, with a view to taking a majority stake. J Walter Thompson and BDDP have also shown an interest in the agency.

Class Editori has launched Italy’s first daily newsletter devoted to the fashion industry. Called Milano Finanza Fashion (MFF), the title will be distributed together with the publisher’s existing Milano Finanza newsletter.

Audi has moved its Austrian advertising account into JvM an der Isar, a recent offshoot of Hamburg agency Jung von Matt. Lowe GGK, Vienna, previously handled the business.

BDDP has added a second-string agency in France, named BDDP & Fils. The new entity will take selected clients from the main agency such as Bongrain, Sara Lee and Pernod Ricard.

Lee (right) has recruited Svend Janssen as its new German marketing director. Janssen joins from Levi Strauss and replaces Manfred Stein, who left Lee in November to join McDonald’s.

Danone Spain is threatening legal action unless local producers Clesa, Clas and Iparlat withdraw yogurts sold by them under the name ‘Bio’. Danone claims ownership of this name within the category.

Abbey National has awarded its Spanish advertising account to Ruiz Nicoli, Madrid. CCI, a division of the same agency, will also handle the bank’s direct marketing business.

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) will open its first French store, in Paris, in February. Two further openings are planned for the city. Advertising will be handled locally by Richard Peyrat & Associés.

Spain’s Valencian regional government is to invest Ptas 24 m (1m) this year into boosting consumption of oranges. This has fallen by 31 per cent since 1990, largely as a result of a switch to consumption of prepared fruit juices.

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