25 August 2005

Will a change of agency help put Argos back on track?

Richard E Grant’s rock star character Zac may find that his supply of Argos goods, sourced by his enterprising assistant Pam, is about to dry up as the retailer is on the verge of appointing a new advertising agency. Argos is in final discussions with Clemmow Hornby Inge over its &£35m advertising account. The move […]

Chrysalis Radio to launch FM ‘super region’ in Midlands

Chrysalis Radio is preparing to launch the first radio “super region”, when it rebrands East Midlands station Century 106 as Heart 106. The new station, which launches on August 26, will sit beside the existing Heart 100.7 in the West Midlands. The group says the combined stations will create the largest single independent local radio […]

Whirlpool buys Maytag

Whirlpool, the white goods company, has bought rival company Maytag for $1.7bn (&£943m) following a bidding war against private equity company Ripplewood. Maytag had agreed a deal with Ripplewood and has been forced to pay $40m (&£22m) to terminate the deal.

Naked Communications wins FSA brief

Naked Communications has won the strategic media planning brief for the Financial Services Authority following a four-way pitch against Rocket, Mediaedge/CIA and Zenith Optimedia. COI Communications handled the pitch.

MonsterMob to buy ATOP Century

MonsterMob, the British mobile phone provider of ringtones and games, has agreed to buy Chinese rival ATOP Century for &£55m. MonsterMob is expected to gain access to 1.25 million new subscribers through the deal.

Who can train the trainers?

Many marketers view training courses as outdated, irrelevant and time-consuming. Though this perception is understandable, training courses shouldn’t be instantly dismissed, says Matt Drought

New titles steal the headlines

Circulation figures for the first six months of the year prove that the appetite for new magazines has not been satiated yet, but some well-established titles are showing the strain. By Sonoo Singh

The zooming rise of digital

Each year increasing numbers of consumers are ditching their 35mms for digital models, but thanks to support from a surprising corner – the disposable camera – the old technology looks here to say.

A break from the past

The Butlins brand may be well known and trusted, but it is also entrenched in the past. A new hotel is set to put an end to that. By Jonathan Harwood

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