12 December 2002

Lloyds TSB to drop stars of £10m TV ads

Lloyds TSB has ditched actors John Thomson and Joely Richardson, the high-profile faces of its &£9.85m television advertising. The bank denies the decision is related to the highly publicised drinking problems of Cold Feet star Thomson. A spokeswoman says: “The current campaign does not fit with our new business strategy.” The bank is in the […]

BK marketing boss walks out

Burger King UK and Ireland marketing director Anna Joseph has quit, exactly three months after joining the fast-food giant. Insiders claim that Joseph’s departure comes after her three-month review and that she was “unhappy” at the company. She is understood to have left at the end of last week, and a statement from the company […]

Capital Gold seeks agency for new image

Capital Gold is seeking an advertising agency to raise its profile in Manchester and Birmingham, as a station for music lovers rather than older listeners. The search will be overseen by marketing manager Jo Williams, who joined Capital Gold from Galaxy FM at the start of October. Williams is looking for an agency with experience […]

Novak to head Mail reform unit

Royal Mail media markets managing director Adam Novak is to head a new unit set up to address how the organisation’s competitors can access the network. Royal Mail has created the unit and Novak’s new post of director and general manager wholesale in response to the liberalisation of the postal market. Royal Mail is to […]

Weboptimiser appoints new business director

Weboptimiser, the search engine optimisation specialist, has appointed John Guria as business director. Guria joins from Centaur Communications where he was business development manager on Marketing Week.

Microsoft’s video…

Microsoft’s video games console Xbox is launching a £2.5m European campaign, created by Agency Republic. The campaign revolves around the Xbox strapline ‘Playmore’ and will largely consist of online advertising in the form of interactive e-mails and applications that users can download and send to friends. The first phase of the offline ads focuses on […]

Bulmers dismisses ‘speculation’

Bulmers, the troubled cider giant, has again dismissed as ‘speculation’ reports that it is about to appoint former Whitbread Beer managing director Miles Templeman as its chief executive.

O2 draws up agency shortlist in direct marketing business review

O2 UK is reviewing its direct marketing business and has drawn up a shortlist of agencies to pitch for the account. The review covers both its consumer and business divisions and is estimated to be worth more than £1m. O2 UK head of business marketing Fiona McGilchrist is conducting the review. The mobile phone operator […]

Vodafone global communications executive

Vodafone has appointed former managing director of Leagas Delaney, Colin Clarke, as global communications executive. He will report to global marketing communications director Neil Simpson.

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