Political insider

New Advertising Standards Authority chairman Lord Chris Smith has the ability to engage with policymakers over protecting advertising freedom and the political expertise to communicate the ASA’s role as an effective regulator to consumers. Sonoo Singh discovers his latest goals

Climate change hits US retail

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Gulliford to launch a super consultancy with BBH boss

Former Barclays group marketing chief Simon Gulliford is teaming up with Bartle Bogle Hegarty group director Steve Kershaw to launch a “super consultancy” to advise businesses on long-term strategic plans, such as investment opportunities in new ventures. The consultancy, which will offer business, marketing and communications expertise, is due to be unveiled next year. The […]

RadioCentre calls for faster and “more radical” deregulation

RadioCentre, the commercial radio industry body has called for Ofcom to speed up its review of the radio industry and take a more radical approach. The body made the comments in its response to Ofcom’s Future of Radio consultation. It says regulation governing radio ownership should be completely removed although the Government should “retain the […]

Vanneck quits after Telegraph takes axe to marketing budget

Telegraph Media Group (TMG) marketing director Katie Vanneck has quit her role after brutal cuts to her marketing budgets were imposed to meet the group’s profits targets. She has left to go back to Times Media as sales and marketing director. Vanneck’s department was hit particularly hard by a 10% budget cut after TMG was […]

Chris Smith: I wouldnt have banned Go to work on an egg

Lord Smith, the new Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) chairman, has knocked the Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre’s (BACC) decision to ban the re-run of the 1960s television ad which urged people to “go to work on an egg”. In his first interview as the ASA chairman, Chris Smith says: “Had that ad come to the ASA […]

Admiral hands 10m brief to MindShare

Admiral Insurance has handed MindShare its 10m media planning and buying business from Mediavest Manchester following a pitch. The financial services company, which owns the Elephant.co.uk, Diamond and Admiral insurance brands, called a review in March.

Magic programme director leaves for Global Radio

Richard Park, programme director at EMAP-owned Magic 105.4, is leaving the company to join Global Radio, the consortium that acquired Chrysalis Radio last week. Park has been a consultant at Emap for five years and has spent the last two years as programme director for Magic. The station is currently number one in the competitive […]

Wieden & Kennedy scoops £150m Nokia account

Nokia has handed its estimated $300m (£150m) global advertising account to Wieden & Kennedy following a six-month review. The account, which will be run from London, also includes responsibility for strategy.

Vanneck leaves Telegraph to return to The Times

Telegraph marketing director Katie Vanneck is leaving to join The Times as sales and marketing director. She will replace Simon Bell, who resigned last month. The move sees Vanneck return to The Times after just over two-and-a-half years at The Telegraph. She will leave The Telegraph tomorrow to start a three-month period of gardening leave. […]

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