16 October 1997

DIGESTS

Thierry Leray has resigned his position as board director of CIA Medianetwork International to join media start-up Request. The venture has developed a trading platform aimed at offering merchandising services to the financial and travel sectors, operating sites through online ‘electronic malls’. Simon Lay has been promoted to sponsorship manager at sales house TSMS. He […]

Waterstone bid could galvanise WH Smith’s stationary position

So there really is a chance of a peaceful solution to the long-running troubles. At last, the warring factions are to sit at the same negotiating table. The talks about talks are over, issues of proximity are put to one side and, in a truly landmark moment in the history of our nation, the board […]

The European finds its niche

Andrew Neil has pulled out all the stops to sharpen The European’s focus as a business paper and boost its fortunes. But he may find the hard work has only just begun. By John Shannon. John Shannon is president of Grey International.

Thomson offers its own car hire

Thomson Holidays is to become the first holiday company to launch its own-branded car hire service, called Thomson Car Hire. The travel company has tied up with Holiday Autos, an established car hire business, to operate the company and claims its hire rates will be about ten per cent cheaper than established car hire companies, […]

BT moves step nearer to Cellnet takeover

BT has moved closer to its anticipated takeover of Cellnet by giving control of service provision for more than 1 million BT Mobile and Securicor Cellular Services domestic users to the mobile operator. The change for the 1.5 million consumers, including smaller business users, will occur over the next year. Cellnet says the customers will […]

Scottish Tourist Board reviews 2.5m brief

The Scottish Tourist Board (STB) is reviewing its 2.5m advertising and media account in a statutory review. The account has been handled by Faulds Advertising since 1992. The Edinburgh agency created a campaign which runs in Scotland and London. In Scotland the strapline is “It’s your country. Try it.” The campaign has run on TV […]

BT chief Carter in new office clash…

BT’s controversial marketing consultant Ed Carter has been involved in a second workplace physical clash – this time over “financial strategy”. According to sources, the 6ft 5″, 17-stone consultant pushed Stephen Burr, BT’s financial controller for marketing and sales, up against a wall during a meeting at BT’s offices. The argument is said to have […]

Lord Tebbit hasn’t got the white stuff

The Diary was pleased to see that the beleaguered World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association, which is having difficulty attracting sponsors, has found a new high-profile president. Former deputy Conservative Party chairman Lord Archer will take over amid hopes that he will strengthen the game’s commercial position in political circles. The Diary is relieved the […]

Kodak axes Euro head in global rejig

Kodak’s marketing communications director for Europe, Joe Bogardus, is being made redundant as part of the company’s plans to cut global management by 20 per cent. Michael Bushill, general manager marketing, consumer imaging for Europe, Africa and the Middle East is understood to be taking over his responsibilities. Bogardus will remain until the end of […]

IRN slashes costs for ad campaigns

Advertisers booking ads with Independent Radio News (IRN) may find campaign costs slashed by between five and ten per cent, following the scrapping of charges by distribution company SMS. John Perkins, managing editor of IRN, says agencies which have previously been charged 1,500 for the delivery of individual ad executions in stereo, across the IRN […]

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