Digests

BT’s Talking Pages has compiled a shortlist of five agencies for its full service account, including Abbott Mead Vickers. BBDO, Partners BDDH and Court Burkitt. The incumbent Leagas Delaney will not repitch…

…BT has asked for prospective tenderers for its sales promotion business through the Official Journal of the European Community. A maximum of 20 suppliers will qualify for BT’s selection process.

The Metropolitan Police is seeking an advertising agency to handle its recruitment work. According to ACNielsen-MEAL, it spent 496,000 on recruitment ads in 1997.

Bluewater Park has drawn up a shortlist of Bartle Bogle Hegarty, St Luke’s and WCRS. Abbott Mead Vickers.BBDO and Bean Andrews Norways Cramphorn are no longer involved.

Mitchell Patterson Grime Mitchell has wrested Celebrity Cruises from Court Burkitt & Company in the wake of the merger with Royal Caribbean Cruises – a MPGM client.

Morland is holding pitches to find an advertising agency for its Ruddles brand. The account was previously held by the failed Marshalls Advertising and is worth 750,000.

BMP DDB unveils the latest in its ‘Obsession’ campaign (right) for the Volkswagen Passat this weekend.

Publicis is out of the running for the 10m Forte account. WCRS and Rainey Kelly are currently pitching for the business.

Saatchi & Saatchi posted end of year profits which were up by 39.1 per cent – at 30.6m – on revenues of 374.8m.

McCann-Erickson deputy managing director Rae Burdon has left the agency. Burdon was group director on the agency’s Nestlé business.

Staples, the office superstore, has divided its creative account between Bates Dorland, which will handle TV and radio, and The Facilities Group, which will be responsible for press and poster work. Previously Bates handled all of Staples creative work.

Ogilvy One Worldwide has appointed Carla Hendra, worldwide managing director of IBM direct/interactive marketing, as president of Ogilvy One New York.

International Communications Agency Network, a global alliance of agencies with 90 offices, has appointed former Dentsu/Young & Rubicam chief executive Gary Burandt as executive director.

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