Judge refers pub football rights case to ECJ

Publicans have won a key judgment that may allow them to bypass costly UK broadcast licenses to show Premier League matches. The case has now been referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The legal case began when the Football Association Premier League (FAPL) sued a group of publicans and a number of importers […]

Flybe reviews 7m ad account

Flybe, the short-haul airline, is reviewing its 7m advertising account held by Souk Communications. The airline has confirmed it is in talks with six agencies over the account, which comprises business-to-business work as well as press and poster campaigns.

BMB pockets 5m Freeview account

Freeview has awarded its 5m advertising account to Beattie McGuiness Bungay following a three-way pitch against Wieden & Kennedy and St Luke’s. Incumbent Delaney Lund Knox Warren, which had held the business for just nine months, was not involved.

Publicis teams up with internet giants to launch media network

Publicis Groupe is launching a new online media buying network in partnership with Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and AOL to create a open buying network that offers what it claims is the “largest audience on demand network” in the digital advertising industry.† The Open Source Audience on Demand network has been launched as part of a […]

Michael Nutley: Digital networks have multifunctional future

For the past six months, as the credit crunch has moved from the US to the UK and arguments about the possibility of a slowdown have filled the media, there’s been a lot of talk about how the marketing industry might fare. A key part of that will be seen in the changing nature of […]

Game over for Ericsson?

Sony Ericssons latest Wii-style handset was launched to a mixed reception last week. While some analysts see the F305 model as innovation in the mobile market, others see such headline-grabbing launches as a fa栤e for struggling sales.

Anyone for tennis?

Its June, it looks like it might rain; it must be Wimbledon. During the championship fortnight, as many as 460,000 souls will pass through the gates of the All England Lawn Tennis Club and coverage will be broadcast to almost 750 million homes. It is a British institution that causes an annual wave of enthusiasm for tennis, prompting thousands to dust off their racquets. For many, Wimbledon is British tennis.

Sony plots gaming phone with PlayStation branding

Sony is understood to be mooting the launch of a PlayStation-branded phone, calling into question its partnership with Swedish mobile company Ericsson. It is thought the phone will incorporate elements of the PlayStation Portable (PSP). It is understood the phone could hit the shelves in time for Christmas 2009. Sony Ericsson currently uses Sony sub-brands […]

GaydarRadio joins calls to boycott Heinz

GaydarRadio, the digital-only station, has joined the calls to boycott Heinz in protest against the withdrawal of an ad for its Deli Mayo that shows two men kissing. The food company withdrew the ad after less than a week following 179 complaints that it is “inappropriate” and “offensive”. The station’s call comes after gay rights […]

Brits in line for extra bank holiday to mark 2012 Games

An extra bank holiday is being mooted as part of the London 2012 Olympics in a bid to make the whole country feel part of the games. The August bank holiday would be extended to include the Tuesday, giving the public four consecutive days off work, in between the culmination of the Olympics and the […]

Primark pushes ethical stance after child labour accusations

Primark has launched a website to promote its ethical practices in response to charges made about its use of child labour in its sweatshops in India, in a BBC Panorama programme this week. The microsite, ethicalprimark.co.uk, has been set up to promote Primark as a “responsible” organisation. The move follows the BBC programme aired on […]

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