LH-S lands 10m pensions task

The Financial Services Authority has appointed Lowe Howard Spink to handle a highly sensitive 10m campaign targeting people who were mis-sold their personal pensions. LH-S competed against CDP, BMP DDB and Bates Dorland in the first round of pitches. It is understood that this list was whittled down to two agencies – LH-S and Bates […]

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England rugby star Martin Johnson exposes himself in the new poster campaign for Tetley Bitter’s latest prize promotion, ‘a smoother way to win 1m’. The promotion offers drinkers 50 free flights on Concorde with the chance to win a 1m cash prize. The campaign launches on July 27, and is created by Saatchi & Saatchi. […]

Why radio has local authority

Contrary to a popular belief in the advertising business, small and large radio stations are seen in a very similar light by most listeners. People working in advertising perceive small local commercial radio stations as somehow a bit naff, and hold them in low regard. The hypothesis seems to be that the larger the station, […]

Media hacks sign for Sporting Life

Media and arts journalism seems to be losing its shine as a barrage of dedicated reporters defect to work on the relaunch of The Sporting Life. The pre-season transfer market is rife in publishing offices from Clerkenwell to Soho. First, Guardian media editor John Mulholland joined to captain the team as editor. Then came The […]

Drinks sector boycotts alcohol abuse initiative

The drinks industry has snubbed a Government-backed consultation organised by Alcohol Concern which could form the bedrock of a national strategy to reduce the health and social costs of alcohol misuse. Junior health minister Tessa Jowell has publicly welcomed Alcohol Concern’s initiative to carry out the fact-finding exercise, which aims to put together a clear […]

JD Wetherspoon to open budget hotels

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon is spending 4m to buy and develop two budget hotels as it comes under pressure from the City to diversify its interests. Wetherspoon’s, which runs a chain of about 240 pubs, will call its budget hotels “Wetherlodges”. Both will open in the next six months. The first will open in Shrewsbury […]

McBains favourite to pick up Hazlewood ready-meal work

Hazlewood Foods is tipped to appoint McBains to handle advertising for its new Gary Rhodes frozen ready-meal range, Rhodes to Home. McBains, part of the AMV group, is understood to have pitched against Delaney Fletcher Bozell and, at an earlier stage, Scholz & Friends. The campaign could include TV advertising supported by the celebrity chef. […]

Glenmorangie chooses The Media Business over Carat

Malt whisky maker Glenmorangie has handed its 1m media buying account, formerly handled by Carat, to The Media Business. The account was won after a three-way pitch understood to have been between The Media Business, a Scottish agency and a London agency. Eurospace, which has since been folded into Carat, was the original incumbent. The […]

Vauxhall after-sales chief quits for consultancy role

Vauxhall is seeking a new sales and marketing director for after-sales following the departure of Jeremy Hicks, who has left to join a management consultancy. Hicks has moved to Quadrangle, where he will be a director of one of its consulting divisions. He spent 14 years at the car manufacturer, and worked in a variety […]

Vauxhall after-sales chief quits for consultancy role

Vauxhall is seeking a new sales and marketing director for after-sales following the departure of Jeremy Hicks, who has left to join a management consultancy. Hicks has moved to Quadrangle, where he will be a director of one of its consulting divisions. He spent 14 years at the car manufacturer, and worked in a variety […]

Sony plans 5m digital TV ad blitz

Sony UK is planning a 5m advertising blitz in the run up to Christmas for the launch of two integrated digital TV sets under its flatscreen Wega brand. The 28 and 32-inch screen sets will be able to receive digital broadcasts without a separate set-top box. John Harber, Sony digital TV product manager, says the […]

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