Month: October 2008

Local Radio Company restructures its board

Jazz FM has appointed Richard Wheatly as its new executive chairman. He was previously executive chairman of the radio station’s parent company, The Local Radio Company (LRC), and will remain on its board as a non-executive director. The move is part of a series of board changes announced by the LRC today (October 31), which […]

A hiding is not enough for Mr Hyde

Its difficult to say with certainty who started celebrity marketing. Julius Caesar would certainly be a prime candidate, with a skilful but highly tendentious account of the conquest of Gaul that was designed to magnify his image back in Rome. Whatever or whoever, its one of the oldest tricks in the marketing repertoire. And as much of a two-edged weapon now as the daggers which eventually struck down Caesar over 2,000 years ago.

Vanneck steps in as interim digital chief at News Int

Katie Vanneck, Times Media sales and marketing director, is stepping into Mike Anderson’s role as News International’s managing director of digital and new business on an interim basis. Anderson is taking time off for personal reasons. The changes are effective immediately and it is not known how long Vanneck will be in the interim position […]

DoH launches hard-hitting anti-smoking ad

The Department of Health is launching a hard-hitting TV ad that highlights children’s fears about their parents dying from smoking. It aims to motivate parents to give up smoking with NHS support. The ad, which breaks tonight (October 31), shows a darkened child’s bedroom with a young girl’s voice saying: “I’m not scared of the […]

Junction appoints new marketing chief

Junction, the insurance company, has appointed Matthew Gledhill as marketing director. He has worked for Junction’s parent group, BGL Group, since 2001. Gledhill has previously worked as marketing director for the group’s Budget business. In 2002, he was appointed to the role of managing director for Bennetts bike insurance, where he was credited for delivering […]

TNS chief exits following WPP acquisition

Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) chief executive David Lowden has left the company. His departure is part of wider management changes within the market research company following its acquisition by WPP on Wednesday (October 29).

BSkyB sees 21% rise in profits

BSkyB has posted a better than expected rise in operating profit, with a 21% lift to £182m in the three months to the end of September, excluding exceptional operating costs of £3m. It has also reported strong new-customer growth. The pay TV company saw net customer growth of 87,000, which was up 5% year on […]

Record labels take on Nokia music download service

Record labels EMI, Warner Music and indie label Beggars Group are taking on Nokia’s music download service, Comes With Music, with the launch of its own offering. Consumers will have access to unlimited music downloads for £99.99. The new service, Datz Music Lounge, can be played on any mobile phone or portable music player. Like […]

AOL and Yahoo! in due diligence for tie-up

AOL Time Warner and Yahoo! are understood to be in due diligence, a process which companies undertake when in potential acquisition negotiations. The ongoing discussions are believed to be looking at how to merge the two internet businesses. Talks were held between Yahoo! and AOL late last year, but had since broken down. Yahoo!’s new […]

Consumer confidence continues to plummet

Consumer confidence has continued to fall, with October seeing a return to the low levels of the summer. The GfK NOP Index has dropped to -36, which was the same figure as August and twenty-eight points lower than this time last year. Confidence in the general economy over the past 12 months has dropped by […]

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