Digests

The Independent Television Commission has banned ads for entertainment magazine Heat, through Bartle Bogle Hegarty, following complaints from viewers who were upset by images of people on fire.

The BBC’s corporate directorate has created a new TV licence campaign, starring characters from The Fast Show and Casualty. The two executions, which will air on BBC1 and BBC2 from this weekend, show easy ways to pay…

…BBC Wales has launched its first corporate marketing campaign, starring singer Tom Jones, in the run-up to the elections for the National Assembly for Wales, using Cardiff-based agency Golley Slater & Partners.

ITV shareholders this week launched a 100m scheme to inject funds into the British film industry, in return for TV premiere transmission rights…

…The ITV Network Centre is seeking a head of public affairs to co-ordinate lobbying at Westminster and Whitehall and answer press enquiries on ITV policy.

NTL, the cable company, launched its interactive TV service this week with partners which include Tesco, Flextech, and the BBC.

The Sun launched its free Internet service Currant.Bun.com this week. Rival tabloid The Mirror will launch its ic24.co.uk service on April 30.

Zenith has been added to the shortlist for the Littlewoods media pitch between MediaVest Manchester and BBJ. CIA Manchester has withdrawn.

Glaxo Wellcome has appointed The Media Edge New York to its 92.5m US media buying and planning account.

Time magazine has signed up as the official sponsor of the Winfield Williams F1 Team for the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Tempus, which owns CIA Medianetwork, has bought Belgium’s largest local independent media agency, Medialine.

IPC Magazines’ South Bank Group has appointed Yvonne Ramsden as publishing director of its home interest group. Former publishing director Jackie Newcombe has left the company after ten years.

EMAP Elan’s New Woman magazine has teamed up with Max Factor to produce a miniature version of the magazine which will be given away with every cosmetic purchase from April 4.

Level, a new style, music, film and travel magazine from 4130 Publishing, launches this week.

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