23 August 2001

NHS agency hunt for doctors drive

The Department of Health (DoH) is seeking an advertising agency to create an international campaign to entice foreign doctors to work for the National Health Service. The month-long campaign will target doctors in seven European countries – Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Holland, Sweden and Switzerland – as well as the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand […]


Transport for London has shortlisted Leo Burnett, McCannErickson, M&C Saatchi and Partners BDDH for its £7m creative agency account.


Hutchison Whampoa 3G has knocked HHCL & Partners off its shortlist for its £30m creative account. The business is now being pitched for by TBWA/London and Delaney Lund Knox Warren.

ITV’s Liddiment hits back at critics of Premiership

ITV director of channels David Liddiment has struck back at critics denouncing the performance of ITV1’s The Premiership programme, saying that he was “delighted” with “excellent” viewing figures. He said that last Saturday’s 7pm Premiership football highlights programme would not be rescheduled, even if viewing figures were to continue at the level of its first […]


Engage is pulling out of the online media buying market to focus on its ad tracking software. Up to 225 jobs are expected to be lost.

Let the little voice be heard

OK, here comes that perennial question – does size matter? Your media analysis (MW July 26) seems to imply that all clients require global advertising and are driven by the size of the media buyer. The large media buyers behave like sharks driven wild by killing, competing to obtain the largest share of the market […]

WPP and Havas locked in stalemate over Tempus

WPP Group and Havas Advertising are engaged in a Mexican stand-off over the next move in the bid battle for Tempus, the media specialist company headed by Chris Ingram. Havas is biding its time before lodging a further bid, which would have to top WPP’s counter offer, made on Monday, of 555p a share. Havas […]

ISBA rethinks stance on a merged ITV

The Incorporated Society of British Advertisers (ISBA) is reconsidering its stance on the issue of the consolidation of ITV and is planning for the possibility of it becoming a reality. It is understood that the body’s Television Action Group, which has been intractably opposed to consolidation of ITV sales houses, is considering acknowledging that it […]

Octagon to market Russia’s answer to Britney Spears

Octagon, the sports and entertainment marketing agency, has been given the task of making Russian teenage singer Alsou an international pop megastar to rival Britney Spears. The 18-year-old was discovered in 1998 and holds the record for Russia’s biggest selling single; she is also Russia’s first major pop export. Alsou has a record contract with […]


Web bugs – hidden graphics embedded in Web pages to collect information about visitors – are increasingly being used to track consumer behaviour, according to a report from Cyveillance International. It claims the number of hidden online information collectors has increased by 488 per cent in the past three years, fuelling the debate about online […]


Tequila London has created a consumer promotion for Shell, which will run across nine European markets simultaneously, and gives customers the chance to win a Mazda MX-5.

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