Digests

British Energy – the soon to be privatised utility – has cut its shortlist down to WCRS and Lowe Howard-Spink. Ogilvy & Mather and Leagas Shafron Davis Ayer have been eliminated.

Thorn Business Communications has shortlisted three agencies J Walter Thompson, Ogilvy & Mather and D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles for an estimated 1m account.

Saatchi & Saatchi and Lansdown Conquest have both been shortlisted for the 5m account to relaunch the fashion retailer Aquascutum.

IMP executive creative director Andy Blackford is leaving the agency at the end of the month to take up a new and ‘very different’ role outside D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles. He will be replaced by art director David Harris.

Planet Internet UK, an Internet facilitator, has appointed Bean MC as its advertising agency. The account could be worth up to 2m. The company has appointed John O’Sullivan, former BT consumer new business development head as marketing director.

Vladivar vodka is moving on from its stylised Vladi campaign to ‘Good Clean Fun’ Seventies-style. The 3m push, through Cogent, begins with three poster executions featuring Chopper bikes, The Goodies and John Noakes, and launches this week.

The European Union has shortlisted four companies, including one ad agency – Lintas – and three public relations firms, for its multimillion pound Citizens First campaign to promote the benefits of the internal European market.

The Royal Mail is looking at its direct marketing agencies as the first of its below-the-line services comes under the spotlight as part of its ongoing advertising review. The first phase concerned its above-the-line work earlier this year.

J Walter Thompson is restructuring and expanding its worldwide board of directors, increasing the numbers from 20 to 31 members. These include chief executive JWT London, Dominic Proctor and director of strategic planning William Eccleshare.

London Tourist Board is talking to agencies about the launch of its new identity for the city. It is currently looking for sponsors, before appointing an agency in the run-up to the launch of the new marque at the end of January.

The English Tourist Board has shortlisted advertising agencies Senior King and Walker Blair (with media buyers Booth Lockett Makin) and incumbent Impact FCA! to pitch for its Great Escapes campaign. The pitch will be held on 15 December.

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