Briefs

Christine Walker, former chief executive of Zenith, is tipped to take a 60 per cent controlling stake in her new media operation, with M&C Saatchi expected to account for the remaining 40 per cent. The agency is likely to open by the end of the month.

Frank, the women’s magazine launched by Wagadon in September, has announced final sales for its first issue of 140,000, from an initial print run of 220,000. Publisher Lou McLeod claims a settled circulation of 100,000 ‘is very achievable’.

Guardian advertisement manager Joe Clark and Observer ad manager Stuart Taylor are to swap roles from November 1 as part of a reshuffle of the group’s commercial department. Warren Burke has been appointed travel manager, responsible for all display and classified advertising in the sector, while Charles Ping has been promoted to direct marketing manager.

Prudential, the financial services giant, has appointed Poster Publicity to handle planning and buying of its outdoor advertising. The company will work alongside media agency New PHD in implementing campaigns for the company. The 5m account was previously with poster specialist Outdoor Connection.

Capital Radio has appointed Peter Mitchell, a former president of the World Federation of Advertisers, as a non-executive director. Paul Davies, previously managing director of Capital’s former sales house, MS&M, joins the board as group commercial director.

Heavyweight poster advertising by Channel 5, Camelot, BSkyB and Channel 4 in the year to June has resulted in the motor sector being overtaken by entertainment and media as the largest-spending product category in the outdoor medium. Spend by the sector totalled 62.3m for the year, just ahead of motors on 61.5m, according to estimates by Maiden Roadside.

MGM Home Entertainment is launching a campaign to promote the classic film the Wizard of Oz (below) on video. The ten- and 30- second television executions will appear on Children’s ITV, Nickelodeon, Fox and Cartoon Network. Press ads will appear in girls’ magazines. The ads were created by CDP.

Kevin Attridge has been appointed head of sales within IPC’s classified sales department for SouthBank, weeklies, science and special interest titles. Cathy Neale has also been promoted within the classified department to head of sales for leisure, music and sport titles within IPC, not its SouthBank subsidiary as was suggested last week (MW October 16).

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