Mischievous Melissa needs strict discipline

It’s so dull to be right all the time. Although I speak in jest, it’s very easy for someone in my position to say “I told you so”. However, there has to be some reward for being the boring old harbinger of doom at every Internet network meeting. It was really only a matter of […]


Spar has emerged as the favourite to take over 81 outlets not covered by Rewe’s takeover of Meinl, the Austrian supermarket chain, this February. Other companies that have expressed an interest include Edeka and Tenglemann. Nissan has selected Di Pace Concato & Partners to handle the advertising for its Micra model in Italy. Dolci Advertising […]

NI utility owner in agency hunt

Northern Ireland utility company Viridian is seeking an advertising agency to create its first above-the-line branding campaign. Viridian, Northern Ireland’s largest company by turnover and owner of Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE), is developing a branding strategy, and planning an advertising push for later this year. It expects to talk to agencies in Dublin, Belfast and […]

ONdigital to publish first progress report

Digital TV broadcaster ONdigital will reveal its sales figures this week, nearly two months after BSkyB said it had signed up more than 350,000 customers to its rival service. Stephen Grabiner, chief executive of ONdigital, will announce a first quarter progress report for the digital terrestrial service. ONdigital is jointly owned by ITV shareholders Carlton […]


AT&T unit Liberty Media is to buy eight per cent of global media giant News Corporation in a $2.1bn (1.3bn) deal. Liberty holds interests in networks such as the Discovery Channel and has assets in telephony and video distribution. Barclaycard is to test a new credit card in Leeds, which allows holders to download and […]

Rizla rolls out ‘thoughtful’ ad campaign

Rizla, the cigarette paper brand, is rolling out its national press advertising campaign from mid-April. The advertising, with creative work by CKBT and media through AMS, features a collection of wordplays displayed on the booklets of Rizla papers. The executions will run until September and use the brand’s colours of blue, green and red. All […]

C-T marketing chief lands take-home role

Carlsberg-Tetley marketing director Doug Clydesdale has been promoted to managing director of take-home sales after only 14 months with the company. Clydesdale will take up the new position in addition to his existing responsibilities after the current take-home managing director, Vincent Kelly, transfers overseas in early May. Kelly will become the general manager of Carlsberg […]

Safety Catch

When a vast exhibition hall is teeming with people constructing stands, climbing on ladders, hanging from rigging and milling about, you could be forgiven for thinking that everyone on site was aware of the health and safety issues. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. But it is a complicated subject and each borough has different regulations. […]

Mollin teen title to launch in UK

Mollin Publishing, which launches the UK edition of women’s health magazine Shape this week, is to bring another US export, Jump, to the UK later this year. It is understood the new title for teenagers will have a health and fitness angle, like others in the Mollin portfolio, to set it apart in a crowded […]

Channel 5 unveils youth programming schedule

Channel 5 is launching a new youth programming strand with its own presenter, break bumpers and off-air marketing, that could be available for sponsorship. The key programme will be a post-Apocalyptic teen soap called The Tribe, commissioned from a New Zealand-based production company, about a world where everyone over the age of 18 has been […]

APL ousts its US chief in ‘irreconcilable’ rift

Ammirati Puris Lintas’s US chairman and chief executive Rick Hadala has parted company with the agency after just seven months due to “irreconcilable differences”. A source at APL New York says Hadala, who joined in August, has been asked to leave the firm and that he resigned with no position to go to. APL’s London-based […]


William Hill, the UK’s second largest bookmaker, has launched an international soccer betting site, designed by online marketing specialist E-Marketing. It will roll out further betting sites over the year, beginning with a golf site in May. The soccer site, which will be targeted at gamblers in the Far East, the US and Europe, will […]

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