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Worries about a renewed economic slowdown are already hitting the advertising industry, an influential survey warned yesterday, with 20 per cent of marketing managers deciding to trim their budgets during the second three months of the year.

Radio station for gay listeners goes on air

Britain's first FM radio station dedicated to gay and lesbian listeners went on air this week, promising to go beyond the traditional diet of high-energy pop from scene icons such as Kylie Minogue and Madonna.

'Definitely a God' poster tops complaints list

A bus poster which read: "There definitely is a God" attracted more complaints than any other advert in 2009, the Advertising Standards Authority said today.

Regulator 'out of touch' over advertising ruling, says ITV

ITV has rounded on the Competition Commission after losing the battle to remove its advertising "straitjacket," saying the regulator was "out of touch" and had failed to understand the media landscape.

ITV loses advertising charge ruling

ITV's mass audience appeal means that rules governing how much it can charge advertisers must stay in place, the competition watchdog ruled today.

Express your enthusiasm at BFI's HBO weekend

Whether it's Sex and the City, The Wire, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under or Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO has been storming the small screen for years. In a celebration of the channel's success London's BFI Southbank, from tomorrow, will host an HBO weekend. Screenings include parts one and two of The Pacific from the creative team behind Band of Brothers, and the first episode of Treme, from Wire creator David Simon. "HBO is ground-breaking in so many ways," says Justin Johnson, one of the BFI programmers working on the weekend's events. "There was a point when The Sopranos was coming to an end and Six Feet Under had finished, that people wondered what HBO were going to do next, but with all these new shows like True Blood and The Pacific, they've proved that they're a real phenomenon."

Twitter chases first revenue with ad service

Microblogging service Twitter introduced a new advertising program yesterday, in a first step to prove that its popularity among web users can translate into a self-sustaining business.

Advertising Armageddon is averted, but recovery is elusive

The advertising industry narrowly avoided catastrophe during the recession, according to Sir Martin Sorrell, but the fear factor remains. Nick Clark reports

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Microsoft steps up search assault on Google

Microsoft's assault on search engine leader Google took a major step forward yesterday as US and European regulators cleared the software company's search partnership with Yahoo.

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He pioneered virtual reality and is a leading light in digital culture. So why does Jaron Lanier believe that the internet is killing creativity? Clint Witchalls meets him

Claire Beale On Advertising: Dove goes in search of the real man

Yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday and America tuned in. For US advertisers it’s the biggest event of the year. You can do things with a TV ad in the Super Bowl that you can’t do anywhere else. Like reach 100 million people in one place. You can move a nation.

Microsoft's Bing 'will make money'

Microsoft Corp's 10-month-old search engine Bing, which has struggled to make headway against Google, can be a viable runner-up and make money online eventually, according to one of its top executives.

Super Bowl ad price falls in commercial slowdown

The price of a 30-second slot in the commercial breaks of this year’s Super Bowl has fallen for only the second time in the event’s history.

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