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The Periodical Publishers Association awarded Just Customer Communications chairman Julian Treasure the PPA Chairman's Award at a reception on Wednesday evening. Presented by PPA chairman Derek Carter, the award recognizes Treasure's role developing the PPAi and the APA.

 

Sky launches an advertising push on Saturday to support its live Premiership football coverage. A TV, radio and press campaign will run with the theme "They're Back", planned and bought by Universal McCann.

 

Future Publishing is to launch a tips mag for PlayStation 2 users. The Official UK PlayStation 2 Tips Magazine will be monthly, covermounted with five free cheat cards for readers, and priced at £3.99.

 

ISBA says the aggressive expansion of the BBC is one of the 10 most pressing issues facing the industry. Other key concerns, according to its annual report One Voice, include the formation of the single regulator Ofcom and impending restrictions on certain areas of advertising.

Virgin Radio has secured a seven-figure sponsorship with HMV to support its Saturday afternoon Top 30 Album Chart Show. The deal extends the partnership, which began in December 2001, to 2004.

 

Audi is launching a campaign using the JCDecaux Chameleon technology to promote its new A4 Cabriolet. The ad, booked by MediaCom through Posterscope, will run on JCDecaux's network of 250 Super6 sites.

Lisa Barnard, managing director of the Illustrated London News group, is to become the Association of Publishing Agencies' next deputy chairman. She will become chairman when Grahame Lake steps down in July next year.

 

The Electoral Commission, the body ensuring openness in political party finances, has invited comment on its consultation paper for party broadcasts. Initial findings are in favour of maintaining broadcasts. The recommendations are available at www.electoralcommission.org.uk.

 

The Independent is producing an eight-page Tour de France broadsheet supplement on Saturda,y sponsored by Renault. Advertorial focuses on a comparison between the Renault Laguna Diesel and Tour de France cyclists and a competition offering use of a Renault Laguna.

InStyle has launched its first TV ad campaign since becoming part of the IPC SouthBank stable. The women's title, which was previously part of Time Inc, appointed new editor Louise Chunn last month and is spending £1m on the campaign.

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