Burnett resigns 15m Dewar’s

Leo Burnett has resigned the 15m worldwide Dewar’s whisky account as a result of Diageo selling the brand to Bacardi. Diageo was forced to sell both Dewar’s and its Bombay Sapphire Gin brand by competition authorities. It struck a deal to sell the brands to Bacardi for 1.15bn earlier this year. The Federal Trade Commission […]

BAT bids to catch up in tobacco wars

British American Tobacco (BAT) is test marketing its Lucky Strike Originals mail order catalogue this week in the UK, Holland and Spain. It is the latest step in the company’s battle to diversify into new areas to counter European restrictions on tobacco promotion. The prize, say observers, is for BAT to transform itself into a […]

Propeller do gets a tart response

The Diary and friends were looking forward to a convivial evening with PR agency Propeller. A few drinks, a bit of food and some stimulating chat in a swish London bar to build those all-important relationships. Unfortunately, even professionals in the communications industry can get their wires crossed. Instead of swaggering into some classy joint, […]

Orange launches service overhaul to woo customers from fixed lines

Mobile phone operator Orange has announced an overhaul of its network, services and pricing strategy which it hopes will pave the way for the introduction of personalised billing and packages for each customer. The move comes just a month after rival Cellnet announced its “first” initiative, a repackaging of its services with value guarantees. Orange […]

IPC chief Greene quits to join The Independent

IPC’s circulation director David Greene has joined the exodus of senior executives following the recent management buyout. He is to become circulation director of The Independent newspaper group. Greene leaves one of the most senior jobs in UK magazine circulation – he is responsible for IPC’s stable of 70 titles – for the challenge of […]


Musician and TV presenter Jools Holland stars in a new 1.5m TV advertising campaign for Forte’s Heritage hotels. The commercial, devised by WCRS, shows the lengths that Forte will go to in order to please its guests. Holland addresses the camera as if he is talking to a fictional guest, called Stephen Gray. He explains […]

Advertisers advised to prepare for widescreen

ITV is warning advertisers that campaigns must soon be shot to fit widescreen digital TVs – or they risk having text cut. Advertisements and programmes are made for screens with a width to height ratio of four by three. Viewers with widescreen TVs have an option on their TVs of stretching the image to fit […]


Fans of Emma Noble, fiancée of James Major, will be able to follow her every move today (Wednesday).

Cellnet highlights network investment in ad campaign

Cellnet is to launch a press ad push this week to highlight a 300m investment in its digital mobile phone network over the next year. The national press campaign will run throughout the year as part of a 20m marketing push, which includes the recently launched Cellnet “First”. A series of six ads, each carrying […]

The call of the wild

The cool interior of Ericsson’s new development centre in Lund exudes Swedish style. Its glass tile walls, steel staircases and blonde wood create a sense of calm and space. The young inhabitants, average age 31, go about their business quietly and are rarely glimpsed, except for a quiet “cluster” meeting in the café. But appearances […]

Marketing director leaves Great Western for retail role

John McCallion, marketing director for Great Western Railway, and one of the first marketers in the privatised railway industry, is leaving the company. McCallion, who made a substantial sum of money when Great Western was bought by trans port company FirstGroup, will now front a management buyout of an unnamed retailer. McCallion, who used to […]

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