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Hovis 'scary Mary' advert complaints rejected

An ad for Hovis bread has escaped a ban despite complaints that it condoned anti-social behaviour and bullying, a watchdog said today.

Baby milk ad banned over brain development claim

An advertising campaign for baby milk was banned for claiming the product helps to develop the brain and nervous system of young children, a watchdog said today.

'Ambulance chaser' law firms to be regulated

New curbs on aggressive advertising by "ambulance-chasing" lawyers and protection from prosecution for "good Samaritans" are being backed by the Government.

Ice cream firm Antonio Federici vows to defy ban on pregnant nun advert

An ice cream company banned from using an advert showing a pregnant nun has vowed to defy regulators by placing similar posters along the route of the Pope's London visit.

Advert 'did not discredit Stella McCartney fashion brand'

Designer Stella McCartney has lost an advertising complaint after her fashion brand was named in a promotion for personal hygiene products, a watchdog said today.

Misleading Stansted Express ad banned

Posters for the Stansted Express have been banned for wrongly implying that the train would take passengers to central London in 35 minutes, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said yesterday.

BT advert banned over broadband claims

An ad in BT's long-running "Adam and Jane" campaign was banned for misleading customers over the speed of the company's broadband, a watchdog announced today.

Guy Parker: The avenger with truth on his side

The advertising watchdog tells Martin Hickman why firms which make false claims about products should be afraid

Watchdog bans offensive anti-terror advert

Britain's advertising watchdog has banned an anti-terrorism commercial asking people to watch out for suspicious behavior by their neighbors, including keeping curtains closed and paying for things in cash.

BT 'instant internet' advert banned

A campaign for BT's fibre-optic broadband has been banned for misleadingly suggesting it provided "instant internet", a watchdog said today.

David Prosser: Don't forget the real victims of BP's 'Deepwater' disaster

Outlook: Mr Hayward is entitled to retain his BP pension, which is worth the best part of £600,000 a year, but shouldn't be getting a pay-off

DJ Taylor: In a philistine age, who is still willing to speak up for Auntie?

And, given politicians' problems with the English language, who is able to? Even the corporation's most loyal supporters are feeling alienated by it

Paddy Power blind football ad to stay on screen

An ad for bookmakers Paddy Power in which a cat is kicked across a football pitch by blind players will remain on screen despite more than 1,000 complaints, a watchdog said today.

Misleading Burger King advert banned

A Burger King advertising campaign has been banned after customers complained that their chicken takeaways were far smaller than portrayed.

Leading article: Lèse majesté

Burger King has been slapped on the wrist by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for telling whoppers as well as selling them. It turns out that the restaurant exaggerated the size of its "TenderCrisp" chicken burger in its most recent television adverts.

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