The New Millennium Experience Company has asked M&C Saatchi to explain media suggestions that Bill Muirhead, a partner in the agency and the former acting communications director at NMEC, saw the agency’s tender proposals before it pitched for the account. NMEC says the agency has denied that Muirhead saw the proposals.

Mansfield Brewery has shortlisted BST, Leagas Shafron Davis and Manchester agency BDH for its 2m ad account.

The Scottish Office has reappointed Faulds Advertising and Barkers Scotland to its 3m above-the-line advertising account following a strategic review.

WPP Group has poached three senior staff from the Kids Connection, Saatchi & Saatchi’s specialist children’s unit in the US. They are Julie Halpern, Rachel Geller and Chris McKee. WPP intends to set up its own children’s specialist unit, as yet unnamed, which will report to the specialist communications division.

Butlin’s is to choose between WCRS and Lowe Howard-Spink as the agency to handle its 3.5m account at the end of the week (Feature, page 42).

The Western Australian Tourism Commission is launching its first UK TV ad campaign today (Wednesday) in conjunction with British Airways and Qantas. The ads were created by Australian agency Market Force.

Barker & Ralston has unveiled a new press campaign for wine producers Ernest & Julio Gallo for the Californian grape variety Zinfandel, the first consumer advertising by the company (right).

The Advertising Standards Authority has received several complaints about a poster campaign for cosmetics brand Yardley. It features supermodel Linda Evangelista behind bars and with a padlock and chain around her neck.

Falmer, the jeans manufacturer, has hit out at the ASA after being advised not to run its campaign ‘The Perfect Fit’, which features nude models on outdoor media.

Business Link has dropped Abbott Mead Vickers.BBDO and Saatchi & Saatchi from its shortlist. CDP and Grey Integrated go through to the next round.

The Charles Walls Group, a Leeds-based agency, has appointed MediaVest (Manchester) to handle broadcast buying for all its clients. MediaVest pitched against TMB (North), CIA Media Solutions and TMD Carat.

BBH Asia Pacific has won a new global ad account from Asian Home Gourmet, a company which makes Asian spice foil-packed pastes sold in Asia, Europe and the US.

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