David Montgomery has stepped down as chief executive of the Mirror Group and resigned as a director of the company. John Allwood, former finance director and director of Mirror Group’s regional and Scottish divisions, has been appointed as chief executive.

The Scottish Media Group is expected to launch its new Scottish Sunday newspaper on February 7, called the Sunday Herald. The two-section broadsheet newspaper is expected to have two tabloid sections and a magazine.

Carlton sales director Steve Platt has been appointed to the board of Central Broadcasting, which was acquired by Carlton as Central TV in 1994.

IPC women’s weeklies, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly and Chat, will be part of a 1m TV advertising campaign using the line ‘Every Woman, every-where, every week’. The campaign was created in house.

MediaVest has been appointed as the pan-European media agency of telephone network Tele2.

Optimedia has won the 2m media account for the Portuguese Tourist Board.

The Independent has set up a new advertorials department under Sian Turner as advertorial manager. Turner came from Associated Newspapers.

Microsoft’s Web TV Networks has teamed up with NatWest for a UK interactive TV trial.

Sunday Business is preparing a special Millennium rate card due to demand for advertising space in its December 31 issue.

The Capital Radio Group has appointed Vijay Solanki as marketing manager for it most popular station, 95.8 Capital FM.

The National Magazine Company has appointed Louise Atkinson as editor of Having A Baby and deputy editor of M Magazine. She was previously deputy editor of Cosmopolitan.

Cabal Communications plans to launch a new cycling title this spring, called Procycling.

Radio Times is to sponsor the Bafta Television Awards for the next three years.They will be broadcast on BBC1 on May 9.

News Corporation and Yahoo! have announced a national media and marketing programme. It starts with promotional spots and ads for Yahoo! during Fox’s pre- and post-Super Bowl coverage on Sunday.

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