Young’s marketing director quits

Young’s Bluecrest marketing director Andrew Lamb has left the seafood group after three years in the post. Young’s – owner of major frozen food ranges Chip Shop and Seafood Ready Meals – refused to give a reason for his departure. It is unclear whether Lamb has a job to go to. His responsibilities are being […]

Motorola to review its $150m global business

Mobile phone manufacturer Motorola is reviewing its $150m (£100m) worldwide advertising arrangements. Motorola’s creative $100m (£63m) advertising account has been held by McCann-Erickson for the past three years. The account is run out of McCann-Erickson Worldwide, New York. But the review is believed to encompass more than the creative advertising account, and it is expected […]

Bannister to retain some BBC senior marketers

BBC director of marketing and communications Matthew Bannister is understood to have confirmed that a number of senior marketing executives will retain their positions in the new-look department. Among them is controller of strategic marketing for television Jane Scott. Scott is expected to retain responsibility for the marketing of TV, including BBC1 and BBC2. She […]

Vodafone’s £30m sponsorship of Man Utd still mired by WAP dispute

Manchester United’s £30m record-breaking sponsorship deal with Vodafone, announced in a blaze of publicity last March, has yet to be signed because the football club is still embroiled in a dispute with Kingfisher over wireless application protocol (WAP) and Internet rights. The row first emerged earlier this year when Marketing Week reported that Kingfisher subsidiary […]

Barrymore’s slurry love call goes live

A few words from “Plastered of Plaistow”… Michael Barrymore can still party all night with the best of them. Unfortunately, he proved this very publicly by calling Jonathan “Jono” Coleman on Heart 106.2’s breakfast show live last Monday morning to slur a message to his boyfriend, who listens to the show. Barrymore said: “Hi Jono, […]

Spirit lands £4m WAP portal task

Spirit Advertising is understood to have won the £4m creative account for iTouch, the new media subsidiary of Independent News & Media. The agency is believed to have picked up the business after a pitch against IMP. StarcomMotive recently won the media account. iTouch, which was developed by the group’s South African arm, is bidding […]


Walker Media has been appointed by Windsmoor to handle the media buying for the relaunch of its Dannimac brand. The remainder of Windsmoor’s media business will go into Walker next year.


M&C Saatchi has created its first TV ad campaign for NatWest Bank. The ad, which aired on Monday night, marks the Royal Bank of Scotland as its new owner.

McCann flips out over fruity fraud

McCann-Erickson Bristol seems to be suffering from an acute case of sour grapes. Earlier this year, the ad agency created a poster campaign for fruit company Cape, featuring the heads of angelic little children protruding through piles of apples, pears, grapes and plums, with the brand’s sticker stuck to their cheeks – a truly ground-breaking […]


Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper is starting an outdoor campaign to launch Evian Action, the new bottle from the Danone-owned mineral water group, designed for people ‘on the go’.

NatMags Steals a march on IPC

Whoops! Just as IPC Media executives were popping the champagne corks in anticipation of their much-feted acquisition of Gruner & Jahr’s UK magazines, along comes NatMags and dashes their flutes to the floor. G&J had looked vulnerable for some time. The raw energy which propelled the Bertelsmann subsidiary to the UK in 1986 evaporated long […]


The Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, London, has appointed Jill Preston, former PR and heritage director for Seagram’s global whisky brands, head of commercial activities.

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