Virgin Group boss Richard Branson stands to collect £100,000 in damages after the Court of Appeal upheld a judgment that he was libelled by US lottery entrepreneur Guy Snowden.

NatMags to axe mothers’ magazine ‘M’

The National Magazine Company is axing its magazine for mothers with pre-teenage children, M, only a year after it was launched. The title was introduced as a quarterly in May last year with a print run of 150,000. It later went bi-monthly. NatMags managing director Terry Mansfield says: “Unfortunately the parenting magazine market has not […]

Bizarre measures to halt the millennium massacre

While most people are concerned with making their computers year 2000 compatible, one group aims to save the millions of millennium bugs set for slaughter before next year. This bizarre and extremely tongue-in-cheek task is being carried out by the Amsterdam-based registered charity KKFPCMB, which stands for Kesselkramer’s Foundation for the Prevention of Cruelty to […]


The Office of Fair Trading has banned ads for the Yummy Yum Yum Diet, advertised by Top 20. The OFT said the ads offered false hope and preyed on the vulnerabilities of consumers.

Universal appoints cinema boss

Universal Pictures UK has promoted Patrice Faviere to head of marketing of the company’s cinema division. Faviere was previously marketing manager for Universal Pictures Video UK, where he was responsible for video releases such as Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Trainspotting. He replaces Julia Short who has left the company. It is not […]


Brown inc, the brand identity and packaging design agency, has appointed former Ammirati Puris Lintas account management head Kate Brown as deputy managing director.

Volvo chief defects to VW

Volvo, the Ford-owned car manufacturer, has parted company with Malcolm Wade, its sales and marketing director in the UK. Wade has this week joined the Volkswagen-owned manufacturer Rolls-Royce as managing director of UK operations. Industry observers believe Wade may have left Volvo following the appointment of Dieter Laxy as the company’s head of global marketing […]


IPC’s Chat magazine is launching a masthead TV show on cable operator Flextech’s Living channel, called Chat Moral Dilemmas. The human interest show begins in September and runs for 32 50-minute episodes.


Tempus has been unsettled by the decision of its Swedish shareholder Marport to sell 2,500,000 ordinary shares, equivalent to a stake of about 3.5 per cent, for an estimated &£8.75m. The deal leaves Marport with an eight per cent holding. Chris Ingram, Tempus chairman, and Martin Sorrell, WPP Group chief executive, who are vying for […]

Centrica moots £17m AA review

Centrica, the retail supplier of British Gas, has said it will not rule out an agency review of the £17m Automobile Association advertising account after bidding for the car break down recovery club. The AA, which prides itself on being the fourth emergency service, advertises through HHCL and Partners. Centrica’s marketing director Simon Waugh, says: […]


The Body Shop has launched a range of travel toiletries called Eau No! The range, which includes talcum powder and after-shave lotion, will be launched with promotions in Rough Guides travel books and tour operator Dragoman’s brochures.

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