22 March 2007

Awards at the sharp end

Michael Hockney’s exit from the D&AD, has thrown into question the role of creative gongs in the industry and their part in brand communications. But equally it has raised doubts about the awards charity’s commercial strategy and the subordination of its British focus. David Benady reports

The cigarette of damocles

The UK gambling industry faces a ‘good news, bad news’ future. Relaxed advertising laws allow for improved and wider promotion, but the looming smoking ban could discourage many potential customers from even entering casinos and bingo halls. by Catherine Turner

Motorola hands global role to Jeremy Dale after rejig

Motorola has promoted Jeremy Dale to its top global marketing role for its handset division. The former Orange marketer replaces Leslie Dance as vice-president of marketing for mobile devices. Sources are linking Dale’s promotion with the departure of Motorola’s European marketing director for its handset division, Simon Thompson, who is joining Lastminute. com as chief […]

Channel 4 deny talks with rival digital bid

Channel 4 has denied that it has had any talks with National Grid Wireless, which is leading a rival bid for the second national digital radio multiplex. The channel says that two services included in NGW’s bid are “NGW’s creation prepared without consulting Channel 4.” NGW has submitted plans for 12 new DAB radio services […]

Sorrell settles libel case

WPP chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell has accepted a 120,000 settlement without admission of liability in his High Court privacy and libel actions.

MacKenzie steps down from Media Square

Kelvin MacKenzie is stepping down as non-executive chairman of Media Square, the marketing and communications services group, to devote more time to his “media commitments”. He joined the company’s board in early 2006. Nigel Bacon, a senior independent non-executive director with the company for the past three years, will take over from MacKenzie on an […]

Sky and Chrysalis plan Sky News Radio launch

BSkyB and Chrysalis Radio have announced plans to launch a 24-hour news radio service under the Sky News brand if the consortium bid for the second national digital multiplex headed by Channel 4 is successful. Sky News Radio, which would launch next year, would offer a 24-hour rolling news service combined with analysis. It would […]

AOL appoints new head of marketing

AOL UK has appointed Barry Flanigan to the newly created role of head of marketing. The new role aims to reflect AOL’s repositioning from an internet service provider into a Web services company. The UK marketing team will be responsible for all it advertising and the sponsorship of The O2, which AOL is the exclusive […]

John Lewis hands Circus brand brief

John Lewis has appointed Circus, the integrated brand consultancy, to overhaul its retail marketing strategy. The appointment follows its decision to postpone a planned brand campaign and a series of changes at senior management level. It is understood that Gill Barr, the interim marketing director, has appointed Circus to work with the retailer on a […]

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