Digests

First Telecom, the UK discount phonecall company, is seeking an above-the-line agency for its 2m ad account.

Lowe & Partners and McCann-Erickson Europe have created a co-ordination group to handle General Motors business across Europe. The group will be led by Garry Neel, general manager of the European supergroup for GM Europe…

…Lowe Howard-Spink will handle TV advertising in the UK for the relaunch of the Vauxhall Motors-owned Masterfit car repair network…

…Lowe Direct has been hired by mobile phone operator Orange to handle its direct marketing activity.

Ogilvy & Mather has developed a TV campaign celebrating Ford’s 21 years of market leadership in the UK. It is linked to a promotion with News International titles The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times.

Sir Tim Bell, whose holding company Chime is looking to buy an advertising agency, has formed an alliance between his political lobbying consultancy Lowe Bell Commun-ications and the European Public Policy Advisers (EPPA).

Classic FM has shortlisted five agencies for its 2m record label launch account. Grey, Mellors Reay & Partners, Abbott Mead Vickers.BBDO, BST-BDDP and EURO RSCG Wnek Gosper are pitching.

Royal & Sun Alliance has postponed the decision on its 15m account until July. Shortlisted agencies Leagas Shafron Davis, J Walter Thompson, Arc Advertising and McCann-Erickson were expecting the conclusion to the five-month wait later this week.

BMP DDB is launching a fully integrated direct marketing unit. Evans Hunt Scott business development director Stuart Archibald will head the operation.

Fox’s Biscuits, owned by Northern Foods, is believed to be talking to agencies about its 1.5m advertising account, currently held by Leeds agency Poulter.

Mansfield Brewery and Abbott Mead Vickers.BBDO have agreed to part company. The agency had held the 300,000 account since 1991 and most recently produced ads featuring Jeremy Clarkson (right).

Aubrey Malden, McCann-Erickson Scotland managing director, has been asked to leave the agency.

Trevor Robinson, Jane Fuller Associates’ director of commercials , is leaving to set up his own company, Quiet Storm. He is best known for directing the Orange Tango ads through HHCL & Partners.

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