The Go Compare bloke. A recent survey established that 96 per cent of people hate online video ads

Cyber Culture: Video ads might be annoying, but they make sense

As unwanted distractions go, I'm hard-pressed to think of anything as annoying as video ads which automatically start playing when you arrive on a website. They're even worse than the Go Compare bloke turning up in the middle of your relaxing shiatsu massage. My automatic response is to dive for the mute button, or, if I'm feeling particularly irritable, set about my laptop with a samurai sword, which I keep handy.

Sheryl Sandberg says that if there was true equality, from the division of labour in the home right up to the boardroom, then society would operate more efficiently

Cheaper childcare is the only way

Childcare minister Liz Truss hopes childminders will reduce their costs - but she can't guarantee it

Nicola Mendelsohn, a former advertising executive, is an outspoken advocate of flexible working hours for mothers

Nicola Mendelsohn gets top Facebook job as head of European operations – so can she pack it into a four-day week?

She is successful, driven and widely respected in the advertising and media worlds. But the British woman who was given the helm of Facebook Europe is unusual for another reason – her insistence on working a four-day week.

Likes don't save lives: Unicef campaign takes on ‘slacktivism’

A new campaign for children's charity UNICEF highlights dissatisfaction within the charity sector for support that stops at engagement on social media.

A picture of Chris Holmes' resignation cake was posted on twitter

Employment: A resignation letter that really rises to the occasion

We’re used to disgruntled employees’ resignations doing the rounds these days. In the internet age, those bitter parting words can be uploaded and forwarded in an instant.

After his mother’s funeral, Roger Sterling, passed on to his daughter an odd heirloom, a bottle of water from the River Jordan – that’s not a scene you’d have caught on The Hour

TV review: Mad Men - That's a hell of a routine you've got there, Roger

There can't be many men on television less self-aware than Don Draper. In this double bill to begin series six of Mad Men, the first scene proper showed Don sweltering on Waikiki beach reading Dante's Inferno. Even in paradise, the wretched Don is in hell – but of course not a ripple of irony disturbs his furrowed brow.

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office

Ad agency fury as Francis Maude’s old firm goes on government list

Claims of impropriety after shortlist includes company where Cabinet Office Minister was non-executive chairman

WPP and Channel 4 bury the hatchet

Channel 4 has ended a dispute with its biggest advertiser, WPP, that was costing the state-owned broadcaster up to £5m a week.

Made up: Channel 4 and WPP end advertising stand-off

Channel 4 has ended a dispute with its biggest advertiser, WPP, that was costing the state-owned broadcaster up to £5m a week.

Former Brazilian footballer Ronaldo joins advertising firm WPP

The World Cup winner is to take a job placement at the group

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

Claire Beale on Advertising: We leave the year 2012 in good shape

Top of the list of ads of the year is one which captures all that was best about our Olympic summer, Channel 4's “Meet The Superhumans” campaign for its Paralympics coverage. The beautiful, moving film deftly turned preconceptions of disability upside down. And there wasn't an ad agency in sight with this one, it was made by Channel 4 in-house.

A still from the advert which offers a guiding light to guerilla fighters in Colombia

Let there be lights: how Colombian government is trying to lure rebel fighters home for Christmas

It has to be one of the more unusual attempts from the Colombian government to put an end to Latin America’s longest standing armed conflict: scattering 10,000 LED lights over vast swathes of the country’s hinterland, in an attempt to lure FARC rebels home for Christmas.

Sorrell group may pull all its ads from Channel Four in costs row

Channel 4 is facing the prospect that the world's biggest advertising group could, from January, pull all its ads in a major test of strength over the cost of TV airtime.

Channel 4 in ad revenue dust-up with Sorrell’s WPP

Channel 4 is facing the prospect that the world’s biggest advertising group could, from January, pull all its ads in a major test of strength over the cost of TV air-time.

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