20 Express marketers face N&S cull

Sega is looking for a new advertising agency after Bartle Bogle Hegarty has resigned the £60m -pan-European account in order to pitch for rival Microsoft’s X-box advertising business.

Northern & Shell, the new owners of Express Newspapers have started to wield the axe, with up to 20 marketing and circulation staff facing redundancy, and agencies expecting to receive notices ending their contracts.

Letters were issued to about 20 marketing and sales staff on Tuesday, marking the beginning of redundancy consultation. Up to 30 similar letters have been sent to sales staff by Stan Myerson, the joint group managing director of N&S and Express Newspapers, who is responsible for ad sales. It is not known whether managing director Andy Jonesco and group ad director Richard Bogie are among those who received letters.

The letters to marketing and circulation staff were issued by Martin Ellice, the other joint group managing director of N&S and Express Newspapers. Ellice oversees marketing. There are indications that Express Newspapers’ commercial director Paul Wolfenden may retain his job as staff have been asked to send their replies to him.

It is understood that a number of agency suppliers will be receiving letters putting them on notice that their services may be terminated. Express Newspapers uses The Bridge, ehsrealtime and IDK Media.

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