Walker Media has been dropped from the shortlist for the combined Somerfield and Kwik Save media account, leaving CIA and Universal McCann competing for the business.

Mirror Group Newspapers has appointed Pat Pilton, group managing editor, to oversee the editorial department of the Sporting Life after it sacked editor John Mulholland. A statement from the group ‘confirms its commitment to the project’ and says a new editor will be appointed.

Commercial radio achieved its highest ever share of audience over BBC radio with a 51.1 per cent share, according to the Radio Joint Audience Research figures for the second quarter of this year. National commercial stations Talk, Classic, and Virgin, all achieved increases, as did Capital Radio in the fierce London market. All national BBC stations lost share except BBC Radio 4, which gained 100,000 new listeners.

FHM and Arena have banned menswear company Full Circle’s controversial ‘bondage’ advertising campaign through Beeching Dowell Stubbs (MW last week) after consulting the Advertising Standards Authority.

BBC Worldwide has promoted Jeremy Mark as editor in chief for Live & Kicking Magazine and teenage launches for BBC Worldwide. The publishing company has also promoted former associate publisher Marcus Arthur to publisher of BBC Good Homes and BBC Homes & Antiques. Carl White, publisher of BBC Vegetarian Good Food and BBC Wildlife becomes publisher of BBC Good Food retaining responsibility for his two existing titles.

The World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association (WPBSA) has changed its name to the World Snooker Association (WSA). The change is part of a new, simpler image for the game, which is keen to attract non-tobacco sponsors ahead of the EC tobacco sponsorship ban. The WSA has hired Mike Trusson as its sponsorship manager. He has previously been in the marketing department of London sports bar Football Football.

Walt Disney has promoted David Hilton to senior vice-president and managing director of European broadcasting. He was previously senior vice president and general manager.

Argos is running a national bus campaign through TDI on 3,500 buses to promote its new catalogue.

BP is to unveil a solar powered poster at the G8 Summit in Birmingham designed by Seven Interactive, a division of Seven Worldwide.

Eurostar has unveiled the biggest indoor poster in the UK, using the window above the Eurostar concourse at Waterloo International Terminal. The poster advertises BT’s business chargecard and has been sold by Media Initiatives.

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