The Financial Times has appointed David Walsh, deputy director of advertising at The Times and The Sunday Times, as advertisement director.

Volkswagen in Germany has invited incumbent Carat Wiesbaden, Hamburg-based Initiative Media and Dsseldorf-based MediaCom to pitch for its media buying account – one of the agency’s biggest. UK incumbent BBJ Media Services claims this does not affect the UK account.

The Independent newspaper is due to launch its new cinema branding campaign on Friday through Lowe Howard-Spink with buying through Zenith Media.

Universal Television’s Sci-Fi Channel is rebranding as Sci-Fi.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals is launching a press campaign asking for donations towards animal causes, includ-ing a sanctuary for baby orangutans in Borneo, following a BBC1 documentary.

Chris Smith, secretary of state for culture, media and sport, has told magazine publishers at the Periodical Publishers Association’s AGM that the Government’s pledge not to extend VAT to newspapers, books and magazines would remain for ‘the life of this Parliament’.

The Evening Standard is to move into contract publishing with the launch of Evening Standard Contract Publishing.

Condé Nast Traveller is launching in Italy from December.

JCDecaux has signed a 15-year deal with Simon Property Group, which owns 250 shopping malls in the US, to sell ad space within the malls.

Channel Bizzare, the satellite station, could be banned after the Independent Television Commission notified the secretary of state for culture, media and sport that the service is unacceptable and should be proscribed under section 177 of the Broadcasting Act 1990.

Beazer Homes has signed a sponsorship deal with Scottish Television’s The Home Show.

Team Lotus directors Peter Collins, James McDougall and Peter Godfrey have been banned from being company directors by the High Court because of their conduct in running the failed company, which made racing cars and participated in the Formula One World Championship.

The Guardian’s overseas edition, called Guardian International, has been re-designed and its distribution cut back to Europe. It will be renamed Guardian Europe.

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