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Aldi has released the first ad of its 2013 Christmas campaign, created by McCann Manchester. The 30-second ad launched on the budget retailer's Facebook page on Sunday and has now debuted on TV. It is set to air during the finale of Downton Abbey on Sunday.

Sky is to open a new educational facility at its studios in Leeds. The Sky Academy Skills Studio will give young people the chance to experience a working TV production environment.

Design and marketing agency Inspirational Inc has appointed Caroline Horton as a new account manager. Horton joins the Manchester-based company from Delamere Dairy, where she worked her way up from administrative assistant over four years.

Market research agency Join the Dots has set itself a £5m turnover target this year as it settles into a new head office in Manchester. The 80-strong company recently moved into The Hive and now has ambitions to employ 140 staff by 2016.

Regional editors are "overwhelmed" by the increased demands on their roles and lack confidence in their publishers' ability to reverse declining trends, a new research study has found. The study by North Wales Daily Post editor Alison Gow, written as part of an MA in Journalism Leadership, has been included in a Journalism Leadership Insight report put together by the University of Central Lancashire.

The Class of '92, a documentary charting the rise of Manchester United's now legendary youth team, will be launched in selected cinemas through Universal Pictures on December 1. Directed by Ben and Gabe Turner, of Fulwell 72 Productions, the documentary focuses on the generation of unusual talent that formed the bedrock of United's success in the 1990s and 2000s.

Specialist property agency iWorx has been acquired by Leeds-based creative agency DS.Emotion. Victoria Russell, iWorx owner, will be staying with the business to help with its move into the Manchester market.

The audiobook version of Morrissey's Autobiography will be released in December and read by Morrissey... that's David Morrissey. The Liverpool-born actor, star of Blackpool and The Walking Dead, has agreed to voice the unabridged digital version of the Penguin Classic, which came out amid much hype last month.

Everton claimed four prizes at the annual Northwest Football Awards in Manchester last night, including the award for best marketing campaign. Its work in the community was recognised twice, Everton Ladies' Toni Duggan picked up the women's award while the Goodison club's 'Make It Everton' campaign triumphed in the marketing category.

One Marketing Communications has produced a series of sponsorship idents on behalf of GetTheLabel.com for ‘Friends’ on Comedy Central. The online fashion retailer will feature as sponsors for the New York-based sitcom for the next six weeks.

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