DIGESTS

Sunday Business is facing an exodus of editorial staff worried about the ailing newspaper’s ability to pay salaries. However, proprietor Tom Rubython claims there will be a 500,000 ad campaign running this weekend and a print run of 400,000.

Camelot has delayed the launch of its Marketing Partnership links with brand owners. The lottery operator has brought in pre-tax profits of 70m for the year to April on sales of 5,217m.

BT is believed to be developing mobile phones under a new brand name, according to design sources. A BT spokeswoman confirmed that BT sells mobile telephones under the BT, Nokia and Motorola brand names. However, it is believed that BT is considering introducing a new, completely separate brand and that design company Fitch is working on the concept. Fitch refused to comment…

…BT also has a team working on an identity which it is believed will be used for a new retail concept. BT has contacted design companies about the project but no further details are available.

McEwan’s has failed to renew its contract with football team Blackburn Rovers. The Premier League team has picked up a multimillion pound contract for four years with financial services firm CIS (Co-operative Insurance Society).

Tandy, the electrical retailer, is understood to be talking to high street banks about launching a co-branded credit card, the first electrical retailer to do so. A Tandy source says that the new credit card will accompany moves to sell electronic services such as cable TV, the Internet, and interactive TV.

Hero soft drinks has lost marketing director Bart Dalla Mura. His duties will be taken by head of marketing Andrew Pickering.

Sock Shop has joined the Facia Group’s five other subsidiaries which are in receivership. Receiver KPMG is operating Sock Shop and the other businesses as going concerns while it talks to potential purchasers.

Former Heinz marketing director Lawrence Balfe, who moved to a newly-created post developing the company’s European business strategy last year, has been appointed managing director of food service in Europe. He replaces Bruce Purgavie who is retiring.

NatWest Bank has found a replacement for Timothy Spall (MW May 31) for its new branded advertising campaign which is set to break in July. The replacement ‘father’ for the ‘Darling Buds of May’ themed advertising will be ‘Two point Four Children’ star, Gary Olsen.

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