Gatwick Express takes on marketing team

National Express has put in place a team to run the privatised Gatwick Express franchise, which it won last month after a pitch against Virgin. It has hired transport consultant Mack Mackintosh as managing director of the service and brought in Derek Brickell, head of marketing at East Midlands Airport, as marketing director. Brickell replaces […]


The age of the non-bank financial service company is upon us as organisations as diverse as British Gas and Volkswagen rush to enter the market. But can they break the banks’ hold on the public’s finances or are they playing a dangerous game?

BBC jettisons plan to pour advertising into one agency

The BBC is understood to have rejected a plan to pool all its advertising accounts in one agency. At the moment, the BBC uses six main agencies for its 6m ad spend, though this does not include the account for BBC Worldwide. Now sources suggest that the BBC has considered a plan to consolidate all […]

Black draws up plans for next battle

I read with interest Paul McCann’s article “Express and Telegraph to merge sales divisions” (MW May 10). Conrad Black clearly has a healthy interest in the operations of United News & Media. It seems quite understandable that any prospect of Hollick selling the newspaper group to The Telegraph’s owner Conrad Black would be dismissed as […]

Brands step into financial arena

Once upon a time Charles and Maurice Saatchi tried to buy Hill Samuels; they had a go at Midland Bank too. Nearly everyone thought they were mad. The City reacted accordingly, and castrated their share price. But were they really so deluded? Leading brands are now falling over themselves to move into UK financial services. […]

BT picks insider for Pinder’s role

BT has promoted somebody with no consumer marketing experience to replace Charlotte Pinder, the head of marketing communications who walked out on the company two weeks ago (MW May 17). Pinder, who it is understood has still not officially resigned, stormed out following an argument with the Personal Communications division managing director, Stafford Taylor. It […]

ITV poised to ditch Man O Man

ITV is planning to drop Man O Man, its new Saturday night replacement for Blind Date, because of poor ratings. The show, in which an audience of women choose partners from a line-up of men, will not be recommissioned. It began on May 4 but achieved a rating of only 6.7 million adults for its […]

Leith Agency takes on Bank of Scotland brief

The Bank of Scotland has appointed the Leith Agency to handle the 3m creative account for its UK retail network. The decision follows a four-way competitive pitch. In the past, the Bank of Scotland has used a number of ad agencies on a project by project basis. As a result of the win the Leith […]

Christian TV channel Ark2 appoints Saatchi for launch

Ark2, the first Christian channel to be produced in the UK, has appointed Team Saatchi to handle the advertising for its October 14 launch. The cable channel, based in HTV in Bristol, plans to run ten hours of programming a day, and it says will “entertain, challenge and engage but not preach”. The station, which […]

AMV tipped to pick up Irish Food Board task

Abbott Mead Vickers.BBDO is understood to have picked up the Irish Food Board account for a campaign promoting Irish beef. The Irish Food Board is thought to have talked to at least three UK agencies before picking AMV to handle the account, which will emphasise the difference between Irish and British beef. The marketing campaign […]

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