Playboy TV has confirmed the appointment of Maher Bird for its fourth quarter advertising campaign. The agency beat Mustoe Merriman Herring Levy, incumbent Saatchi & Saatchi and Branded, the agency run by Philip Ley (BSkyB’s former marketing director), to the 2m business. The campaign will directly target men and breaks this month.

BT has invited agencies to pitch for the 300,000 advertising business for its new satellite phone Mobiq, a lighter and smaller model produced in conjunction with Norwegian telecommunications company Telenor.

Ogilvy & Mather will launch a series of ads for Duracell’s PowerCheck battery (right). A 3m TV campaign will break this Friday (September 6). Duracell marketing director Glyn Harper says the two TV executions adopt an ‘in your face’ approach. In total, the company will spend 10m from September to January on marketing its AA battery which carries a strip that allows its power level to be monitored.

Atco-Qualcast, the lawnmower maker, has appointed Wunderman Cato Johnson to handle its UK and European advertising and promotional activities, worth 2m.

WWAV Rapp Collins has won a 3.5m pitch from PC accounting software makers Sage. The campaign will cover national and trade press as well as direct mail.

Dorothy Perkins’ new marketing director, Breffni Walsh, is drawing up a shortlist of three agencies to handle its advertising.

K Advertising is to run a TV campaign for Action Computer Supplies. The agency picked up the business in April.

Ammirati Puris Lintas Amsterdam’s ad campaign for Rolo, which won the top prize at Cannes this year, will now run in the UK. JWT remains the agency of record for the UK.

Sands Whetton has created a poster campaign for British loudspeaker company Rogers International. The 250,000 launch plays on the fact that the speakers were designed by industrial designer Peter Stevens who designed the McLaren F1 supercar and the Aston Martin.

H Samuel, the UK’s largest jewellery retailer, is to run a 2m press campaign, created by Mortimer Whittaker O’Sullivan, in the run up to Christmas.

McCann-Erickson Manchester has been appointed to market the International Snowboard Federation. The agency will concentrate on raising the sport’s profile for the 1998 Winter Olympics.

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