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An advert for the breakfast cereal Special K has been banned after it was found to mislead women about the number of calories in a typical bowl.

Mothers beat fathers' group in ad dispute

Mothers won a victory over fathers yesterday in a dispute over whether the Mumsnet website promoted "anti-male" rhetoric which could foster hatred of men.

Advertising: Character assassination

Saucer of milk for Moneysupermarket's Paul Troy. The site's consumer marketing director, has told Marketing Week what he thinks of the characters used to front rival companies' ads.

Ohhhh no! Churchill Insurance did not want to insure a bulldog as it was too old

Advertising: Will you insure me?

Ohhh no, we can't insure your bulldog. This was the response from Churchill Insurance when Timothy Taylor, of Leicestershire, tried to get a quote to cover his six-year-old bulldog, Monty, who'd just been given a clean bill of health.

Thomson Holidays child-free advert 'misleading', rules ASA

A Thomson Holidays ad that promised a child-free resort has been ruled misleading after the company said it could not guarantee the claim.

Virgin Media campaign featuring Usain Bolt banned by ASA

A Virgin Media campaign featuring Usain Bolt has attracted a third round of complaints, this time over misleading claims about doubling "everyone's" broadband speeds.

Danny Rogers on PR: The agencies living in fear of the Mad Men

Contrary to popular opinion, PR professionals often lack self confidence in what they do. And since PR was added to the Cannes Lions festival in 2009, they suffer a collective crisis of identity.

Coup for embattled Sir Martin Sorrell as WPP swoops for a majority stake in AKQA

The British founders of AKQA, the world's biggest independent digital advertising agency, are celebrating after Sir Martin Sorrell's WPP bought a majority stake which values the business at around $540m (£343m).

Colgate censured for misleading advert

The firm behind the Colgate brand has been reprimanded by the advertising watchdog for wrongly implying that one of its toothpastes has the backing of health professionals.

Wayne Rooney waits patiently to return to live action

Watchdog bans Wayne Rooney Nike tweets

Tweets sent by footballers Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere have been banned after a watchdog ruled they were advertisements for sportswear giant Nike.

Harvey Nichols has faced criticism for its latest press and poster campaign

Commercials: Bad taste, good advertisement?

Harvey Nichols is the latest big brand to blur the line between edgy and offensive in its new ad campaign – and it's far from alone. Tim Walker finds out whether going over the top always pay off

Northgate Solar Controls 'terror threat' glazing advert banned

An ad for an anti-shatter window firm warning of the possibility of a terrorist attack during the Olympics has been banned for causing undue fear and distress, a watchdog said.

WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell faces pay deal backlash

WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell will face a backlash tomorrow over the £6.8 million pay deal he has defended as a reward for "performance, not failure".

Band accuse VW over ad

The ghostly vocals, echoing guitars and swelling chorus could only be Beach House, the Baltimore duo acclaimed for their “dream pop” sound.

Shares in Mecom plunge after ad warning

Shares in Mecom plummeted nearly 48 per cent yesterday after the beleaguered European newspaper publisher admitted profits would fall short because of a "significant deterioration" in advertising.

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