News International is believed to have shortlisted Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe and Publicis for The Times’ creative business. Arc is tipped to retain the Sunday Times.

GGT Advertising has promoted joint deputy managing director Grant Duncan (right) to managing director. Rosie Doggett, another deputy managing director, has been made redundant. Bryn Butler returns to BDH in Manchester.

Norwich Union has denied persistent rumours that it is in discussion with media buying and creative agencies about its 7.3m account.

Cordiant has confirmed its 127m rights issue (MW last week), which will be voted on at an extraordinary general meeting on November 20.

Saatchi & Saatchi has appointed its New York chief executive Michael Jeary to the new post of vice chairman, worldwide director of marketing. In addition, Jeary will also be put on the Saatchi board of directors and serve as the worldwide account director on the Johnson & Johnson account.

The Advertising Standards Authority received more than 200 complaints about a Collett Dickenson Pearce campaign for Gallaher Tobacco’s Hamlet Cigars.

The Osprey Group has picked up the estimated 400,000 direct response account for Friends Provident’s Direct Channel.

Laker Airways, which takes off next March, will not be appointing an advertising agency, but relying largely on press coverage.

Barclays Stockbrokers is running its first advertising campaign through agency Butler Lutos Sutton Wilkinson. The campaign, promoting the company’s telephone share-dealing service to the public, breaks in the national press this week.

The Leith Agency is in initial talks with advertising agency Cheetham Bell in Manchester to set up a base in the region.

Martin Wilding, former managing director of PPHN, has joined Black Cat as creative director.

BDH Advertising, the Manchester-based subsidiary of GGT, has won the 1m account for Turtle Wax, previously held by McCann-Erickson Manchester.

Advertising Principles, Finch, Hacker Mernock & Hemingway and incumbent Bates Dorland have been shortlisted for the Spam account. A decision is expected in two weeks.

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