1 January 2009

LRC starts talks with Wheatly over Jazz FM sale

The Local Radio Company has put digital-only station Jazz FM up for sale following a strategic review of its business. The company is already in talks with a consortium led by the station’s executive chairman Richard Wheatly. The move means Wheatly has stepped down from his role as non-executive chairman at LRC. In October, Wheatly […]

Newspapers are not dead yet

Exactly three years ago, I wrote an article for Marketing Week headed The death of newspapers? Yes, the question mark was included. I said that the very word newspaper was a misnomer there were plenty of other places to get the news faster and usually free.

The economic crisis silver lining

With 2008 bowing out on a season of unremitting business gloom, the New Year bringing with it the prospect of a deep recession is a daunting one for some. But not the UK marketing community. When Marketing Week asked industry figures for their thoughts about surviving and thriving through a downturn, the overwhelming message was: Don’t panic!

Barclays aims for a credible relaunch

High street bank Barclays is planning its fourth brand overhaul in less than a decade with a new UK campaign scheduled for spring. Industry observers are predicting that the marketing drive will fall little short of a brand relaunch for the bank, which has been struggling to maintain momentum in an industry that is in […]

Anomaly launches UK office

Anomaly, the New York based independent agency, is setting up a UK office. The agency has poached Paul Graham, managing partner of RKCR/Y&R’s digital arm Saint, to set up Anomaly UK. Graham is the only confirmed staff member for the agency and will operate from London. He will join in February. It will be the […]

Hit40UK shifts to download-only chart

Hit40UK, commercial radio chart, is dropping CD sales and shifting its focus to digital download sales. The move will be reflected from next Sunday’s chart (11th January). It is the first time that Hit40UK, which also includes single radio airplay as well as sales, will be based on digital sales only. The show, which is […]

Identity and Passport Service seeks agency for ad brief

The Identity and Passport Service is reviewing its advertising arrangements. The service, an executive agency of the Home Office, has approached a number of undisclosed agencies about the account.† The agency will work on business including the roll-out of the controversial £4.74bn identity cards programme, as well as campaigns around passports and advertising for the […]

Ladbrokes slams ASAs ban on humour in gambling ads

Ladbrokes has hit out at the Advertising Standards Authority for what it claims is a ban on humour in gambling ads. It comes after the watchdog ruled against a recent ad campaign for ladbrokescasino.com. The gaming operator is lodging a request for the decision to be reconsidered by the Independent Reviewer of ASA Adjudications. The […]

Barclays brand repositioning marks return to TV campaigns

Barclays is repositioning its brand for the fourth time in eight years, and will return to TV advertising later this year after an absence of 18 months. The move spells an end to the campaign starring fictional Barclays staff in humourous situations. Barclays global retail and commercial banking chief marketing officer Libby Chambers (pictured) says: […]

UK sees fastest price drop in two years

The British Retail Consortium says huge discounting by the supermarkets coupled with the cut in VAT rates has brought non-food prices down “dramatically”. It says such measures have contributed to the fastest fall in non-food prices in two years. Non-food discounting, which saw the likes of M&S and Debenhams stage pre-Christmas one day sales triggered […]

Courtney Love album sponsored by tampons and tequila

US rock artist Courtney Love’s new album is to be sponsored to the tune of 30m by a “prominent tequila brand” and a “feminine menstrual/hygiene” company. The news of the deals with the unnamed sponsors was announced on Love’s Myspace page.

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