This week: Marketing news from the national press

Tesco is reportedly seeking to enter the mortgage market as part of its expansion in the financial services sector. A Tesco spokesman said the company had not yet decided on its mortgage intentions - The Times

The government is to launch a campaign to persuade consumers to cut back their sugar intake, following recent activity to reduce salt consumption. Ministers have decided more drastic action is needed to combat childhood obesity and tooth decay - The Observer

The Financial Services Authority is to probe the planned takeover of Abbey by Spanish bank Santander to establish whether it is in the interests of consumers - The Observer

BT is on the verge of launching a broadband TV service featuring popular programmes such as Coronation Street and Fawlty Towers. It is in talks with BBC, ITV and Sky about the service - Financial Times

Capital Radio and GWR, owners of Classic FM, are in advanced merger talks. The £710m deal would put the combined group in control of an estimated 40% of the radio advertising market. Analysts described it as the radio equivalent of the ITV merger - The Sunday Times

Whitbread, the leisure group, is considering selling its Pizza Hut and TGI Friday's restaurant chains as part of a strategic review being conducted by new chief executive Alan Parker. The review is focusing on Whitbread's hotel, pub and restaurant interests - Sunday Express

Gordon Ramsay is introducing a range of branded takeaway meals with recipes including braised belly of pork. They will be available from Harvey Nichols , Whistlestop and Sainsbury's in London, and via a home-delivery website - Daily Mail.


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