News International was reviewing final pitches for The Sunday Times account from Publicis, Arc and Ogilvy & Mather as Marketing Week went to press. It is expected to announce the winner of The Times account later this week.

Fosters Trading Company’s poster (right) for its new “Freedom for Men” campaign through agency Clark & Taylor has been banned by the Advertising Standards Auth-ority. The authority says the ad is likely to cause serious or widespread offence.

Savacentre, owned by Sainsbury, is understood to have shortlisted Mustoe Merriman Herring Levy, Butterfied Day Devito Hockney and Delaney Fletcher Bozell for its 1.2m account.

The Guinea Group, an Edinburgh property development company, is looking for an advertising agency to handle its 500,000 account. A spokesman for the group says agencies across the UK are being considered to promote two future planned developments, including a 21m factory shops project at Leven Fields on the outskirts of Kinross.

Cordiant shareholders agreed the 120m rights issue recommended by its board at an extraordinary general meeting this week.

Zenith Media has launched a World Wide Web site that allows users to connect to all other advertising and media sites on the Internet.

Elida Gibbs has invited three creative teams to provide additional ideas for its 15m Impulse account. Helmut Ganser, chairman of Elida Gibbs, says Ammirati & Puris/Lintas still holds the account on a global basis.

TMD Carat is handling the 2.5m media planning and buying campaign for Coppenrath and Weise’s Tortella Cakes brand.

Premier Energy, the Belfast subsidiary of British Gas, is inviting agencies to pitch for its 1m marketing account. The deadline for applications is November 29 with a shortlist to be decided by Christmas.

Grey has reorganised its new business department with the appointment of new business manager Kirsty Nightingale, who joins from Saatchi & Saatchi. She reports to new business director Neil Jenner.

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