Music icons snap up Planet Rock

GCap Media has sold digital-only station Planet Rock for an undisclosed sum to newly formed company Rock Show. The company is led by rock and radio fan Malcolm Bluemel. It is understood that rock icons Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, Jethro Tull lead singer Ian Anderson and rocker Gary Moore, and Fish from Marillion are […]

Yahoo! and Havas Digital form strategic partnership

Havas Digital is partnering with Yahoo! to develop a new online trading platform. The announcement closely follows WPP’s tie up with Yahoo! which is similarly developing a more efficient way of buying and selling digital advertising space. Under the agreement Havas Digital will work with Yahoo!’s Right Media Exchange business, which it acquired in July […]

Jonathan Durden: Keep newsaper editors out of limelight

I recently watched Eggheads, BBC2s long-running early evening quiz where the winners from prestigious series such as Mastermind, Brain of Britain and the Weakest Link combine to take on the finest pub quiz teams across the country. It is a daily head to head battle over their general knowledge and, frankly, it is rather dull. I do not watch it regularly as I am not yet an octogenarian, but I do know that the Eggheads rarely lose to the amateurs.

Unilever and P&G renew laundry market hostilities

Arch-rivals Unilever and Procter & Gamble (P&G) have been waging a war in the laundry market since the dawn of time, it seems. One, P&G, is the largest manufacturer in the detergents sector with Ariel, Bold, Fairy, Daz and Dreft in its portfolio. The other, Unilever, owns the leading and longest-established detergent, Persil.

Airing dirty financial laundry

Marketing of bank, insurance and pension brands could be in for a radical shake-up under plans unveiled last week by regulator the Financial Services Authority. The FSA proposes to publish – for the first time – detailed information on customers’ complaints about the companies it regulates (MW last week). If the proposals go ahead, the […]

Government puts brakes on 24-hour drinking report

The Government is delaying the launch of a controversial report into the effects of introducing a 24-hour drinking law because it concludes that deregulation has fuelled both underage and binge drinking. The Home Office is understood to have postponed its publication because it is “nervous” about the conclusions. The withering report has been drawn up […]

Egg marketer returns to the brand under Citis ownership

Citi has appointed Egg launch marketer Patrick Muir as head of marketing for its UK consumer business. He will be reunited with the Egg brand, which Citi acquired from Prudential last year. Muir replaces Alison Wright, who left the business in February without a job to go to. He will report to Bert Pijls, country […]

MCBD wins 7m business from charities consortium

Moving People, a consortium of mental health charities, is understood to have appointed Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy to handle its £7m advertising business. It follows a four-way pitch against M&C Saatchi, Euro RSCG and an undisclosed regional agency. The consortium is made up of Mind, Rethink, Mental Health Media and the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s […]

AA and Saga award Phd 30m account

The AA and Saga are poised to appoint Phd to handle the two brands 30m consolidated media planning and buying account following a review against fellow incumbent Carat.

Five appoints digital roster ahead of online launches

Five, the RTL-owned broadcaster, has created a digital agency roster ahead of a year-long revamp of its online businesses. The move follows the appointment of Made By Many as its lead strategic agency last year. Agency.com, which worked with Five on the development of video-on-demand service Demand Five, Taglab and LIDA have been appointed to […]

Orange announces UK strategy overhaul

Orange is to cut jobs, improve customer service and up its broadband offering under plans unveiled by new chief executive Tom Alexander. The France Telecom-owned mobile operator announced the plans today (June 4). Alexander will also expand Orange’s retail network but cut 450 jobs across areas including administration and management as part of a plan […]

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