Express Newspapers has denied rumours that it is to review out of its advertising agencies, D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles and Walsh Trott Chick Smith. A review is expected when the group completes its move to a seven- day newspaper (MW September 6).
Southern Electric has appointed Ogilvy & Mather Direct to create a through-the-line communications programme to persuade customers to switch to Southern Electric as their preferred gas supplier.
Saatchi & Saatchi, Delaney Fletcher Bozell and one other agency will be told in November whether they have picked up Samsung Electronics’ 20m pan-European account for next year.
Marr Associates has held on to the 500,000 Historic Scotland tourism account following a four-way pitch.
Simons Palmer Clemmow Johnson’s ads for the Sony PlayStation (right) break this weekend. The first execution will feature the lead title for the console this year, Formula 1. The campaign is part of a 10m marketing budget the computer games division will spend in the UK over the next 12 months.
Yell, the new media arm of Yellow Pages, will release a CD-Rom game later this week based on one of Abbott Mead Vickers.BBDO’s successful ads. The game is called ‘Fly Fishing by JR Hartley’ and will retail for 34.99.
Yakult, the Japanese milk drink, is spending 1m on a TV advertising campaign through the Dentsu subsidiary, Travis Sennett Sully Ross, to support its launch.
The CIA Group is expected to announce a restructuring at the end of this week which will split responsibility for its European operations between two senior directors. David Reich is tipped to take control of one group of countries…
…CIA is also tipped to take over a Swedish media buying operation.
The Advertising Standards Authority has struck down complaints about a Benetton ad featuring a black horse mounting a white horse which appeared in Time Out and is to appear in other style magazines. The Authority has banned the ad from press and posters but does not object to it in certain magazines where the publisher considers it suitable.
Payne Stracey is tipped to win the 300,000 BT business for the mobile satellite telephone Mobiq.