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Stephen Hawking, internationally-renowned theoretical physicist, has apparently been inspired by Sue Barker and Louie Spence to appear in the latest episode of the world’s most annoying adverts

Stephen Hawking, Go Compare and a brief history of selling out

Great reputation versus a fat fee? Some celebrities should go compare their options, says Simon Usborne

Sir Martin Sorrell, centre, whose agency is poised to pull its advertising from the channel which features hit shows such as Homeland, The Simpsons and Peep Show

WPP set to switch off Channel 4 over rates row

The advertising giant has had an almighty bust-up with the broadcaster

Fashion ad 'appeared to sexualise a child'

American Apparel has been criticised by the Advertising Standards Authority for an advert which "appeared to sexualise a child".

Mike Tyson is the face of Black Energy

Marketing fail: Protesters back Mike Tyson into a corner

Mike Tyson's reputation for controversy has taken new turn. The former boxing champ, convicted rapist, biter and bankruptcy claimant has a new job as the face of the drink Black Energy, for which he has been accused of being party to mysogyny and racism.

'Distressing' Kayak.co.uk brain operation advert banned

A television advert featuring a surgeon carrying out a brain operation while organising a holiday online has been banned following 441 complaints that it was offensive, distressing and insulting to the medical profession.

UBM to return to London after four-year stay in Dublin

The owner of PR Newswire is set to return to the British tax fold this week, after having moved its headquarters to Dublin in 2008 to escape what it called the UK's harsh fiscal regime.

David Beckham has long been one of the many sports stars who endorse Pepsi. He added Burger King to his product list this year when he endorsed their new “healthy” range, including fresh fruit smoothies

Junk-food fortunes: Sports stars cash in on advertising

That's the claim made by health campaigners who want to ban famous athletes from promoting fatty foods to children

The poster from the animal rights group PETA

Has Peta gone too fur?

Is latest poster effective for animal rights - or just offensive to women?

Gabrielle Aplin: The Power of a Christmas John Lewis advert?

Will this year's cover of "The Power of Love" bring chart success for its singer?

M&S TV advert to feature disabled boy Seb White

A four-year-old boy with Down's Syndrome, who modelled for Marks & Spencer after an internet campaign by his mother, will make his television debut in a Christmas advert this week.

Babyjabs.co.uk warned over advertising prescription-only medicines to public

A parenting website has been warned about advertising prescription-only medicines to the public just months after it was ordered to remove discredited claims that the MMR vaccine is linked to autism.

Stills taken from anti-Romney and anti-Obama Super PAC videos. There are questions over how effective the negative ads are among voters

Two candidates, $660m raised, endless adverts. But is it worth it?

Americans' TV screens have been bombarded by campaigns paid for by controversial Super PACs – but they're not as effective as everyone expected

Hamish McRae: Ad man is worried about four major uncertainties in the world economy – and if anyone knows, he does

It is better for us if business leaders are realistic rather than over-optimistic

Sir Martin Sorrell warns of 'grey swan' troubles ahead in advertising slowdown

WPP, the world's biggest advertising group, has raised fresh fears of a global economic slowdown as it warned of a marked change in behaviour by clients since September.

Miss-leading Dior: Natalie Portman 'miracle' mascara advert banned by consumer watchdog

Natalie Portman’s eyelashes have been the subject of intense scrutiny after a Christian Dior advert for mascara featuring the actress and the “miracle effects” of the makeup was banned for misleading consumers.

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