10 October 2002

Digest

Hutchison Whampoa Group has revealed the brand name for its 3G services this week – 3. The logo will be rolled out across its 3G operations in nine countries.

Digest

Scottish Life is conducting a review of its operations that could spell the end of its name and lead to staff cuts. The review follows the company’s acquisition by Royal London, which is deciding whether to rebrand the entire group.

Digest

Former Tempus Group chairman and founder Chris Ingram is launching a private equity business called Genesis Investments.

Let’s not bite the hands that feed us

oes George Pitcher really want to see the countryside turned into a theme park (MW September 5)? Diversification into tourism and retail is not the only answer to the malaise in UK farming, and will never work for everybody. Location can limit options: a Northumbrian hill farm can’t turn itself into a tourist attraction as […]

Digest

Carlton Television controller of broadcasting Coleena Reid has been appointed managing director of Carlton Broadcasting in the London region. Reid replaces Colin Stanbridge, who is leaving to become chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce.

Microsoft hunts marketing chief for Xbox Live launch

Microsoft is looking for a European marketing director for its online gaming service, Xbox Live, after it announced the service’s European launch date. Xbox Live will be available in shops throughout Europe on March 14 next year. But Microsoft is keen to have a marketing director in place first to oversee the European trial of […]

Digest

Golden Wonder is to sponsor Viz magazine’s Profanisaurus page and cartoon character Roger Mellie, through its Scampi ‘N’ Lemon Nik Naks brand.

Coca-Cola to rebrand ‘diet’ fizzy drinks

Coca-Cola Great Britain is poised to change the brand names of Diet Fanta and Diet Dr Pepper to Fanta Light and Dr Pepper Light. The company is also launching a Fanta Icy Lemon Light variant in the UK before the end of the year, which observers believe could be the springboard for the change. Insiders […]

A partisan view of neutrality

Some of what Charlie Makin (MW September 19) writes makes perfect sense. A media-neutral approach has to start with a fundamental customer understanding. I do, however, take issue with two points. Firstly, that media-neutral planning is fundamentally flawed. Yes, agencies are guilty of overtalking and underdelivering, but let’s not kill something which, when used properly, […]

Retail chief Partington axed in TXU reshuffle

TXU Europe head of retail business Roger Partington has lost his job in a restructure. The move comes after the utility company announced “significant” job cuts in the UK, citing fierce competition. Partington, a former marketing chief at Safeway, is understood not to have a job to go to. Partington’s position has been merged into […]

Telegraph’s circulation to dip below 1 million as bulk samples are cut

The Daily Telegraph’s circulation is expected to fall below 1 million for the first time in several years following the Telegraph Group’s plans to reduce the number of copies printed for bulk sampling. The Telegraph Group plans to cut the extra copies of The Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph that are printed for free distribution […]

ES ad director follows md out

Evening Standard advertising director Mike Orlov has been replaced by former CIA UK managing director Alan Brydon. Orlov is the latest casualty of the new regime at the struggling Associated newspapers title. His departure follows the sudden exit last month of long-standing managing director Sally de la Bedoyore, who was replaced by Metro managing director […]

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