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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.

Michelle Obama has made healthy eating her signature cause

Minnie size me: Disney bans junk-food ads for kids – with a little help from Michelle

As a global media conglomerate that owes its entire existence to square-eyed children who spend their waking hours glued to a television set, the Walt Disney Company makes an unlikely advocate for the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Sexualised adverts still targeted at children, says Chartered Institute of Marketing

Businesses are still bombarding children with sexualised and commercial messages despite Government-sponsored efforts to highlight and stop the practice, according to the marketing industry's own professional body.

Channel 4's Gypsy campaign puts my work at risk, says photographer Elisabeth Blanchet

The photographer behind a controversial Channel 4 campaign that is under investigation by the advertising watchdog has complained at the way the broadcaster used her images to promote its show Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.

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KFC advert is the most complained-about campaign of all time

The ASA has received 430,000 complaints during its existence, with a record 31,548 in 2011

Members of the GB beach volleyball team doing little to distance themselves from stereotype

Olympians: They're fit and don't we just know it

From Tom Daley's six-pack to scantily clad volleyball players, Olympic athletes are being sold on their sex appeal. Why can't we appreciate talent, not totty?

Guinness's QR coded pint glass

Marketing: QR codes on pints? I'll drink to that

When is a pint not a pint? When it's a social-media experience. Guinness's latest innovation is a glass whose design becomes a QR code when filled with the black stuff.

Alcohol adverts 'target teenagers' despite strict code

Seven years after strict new rules were introduced to stop drinks companies marketing alcohol to children, teenagers are again being targeted, a report finds.

In a case of opportunistic marketing in 2010, the Dutch brewer Oranjeboom handed out orange dresses to fans at a World Cup game

Want to strike gold at the Olympics? Don't be an official sponsor

Rival firms bend rules to reap rewards from the Games

Sorrell apologises for 'unacceptable' ad

Sir Martin Sorrell, the chief executive of advertising and media group WPP, apologised last night for the fact that one of his companies had made the advertisement for the Argentinian government.

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Outcry over Kutcher ad

An online ad featuring Ashton Kutcher as an Indian man has been withdrawn from Facebook and YouTube after viewers complained it was racist.

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
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'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

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Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

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Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

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